2019 Beekeeping Courses
East Lothian Beekeepers association run annual Beginners Classes. The classes cover the theoretical and practical basics of beekeeping and give a sound grounding for the new beekeeper. The classes are also a good place to meet other beginners.
The course consists of 2 components: the theory sessions and the practical sessions, on weekends - usually Saturday afternoons in May. It's important to check you can make all the dates.
Choose February or April.
Winter: Haddington Town House 7 - 9 pm from Monday 18th Feb to Monday 25th March
Spring: Gilmerton Walled Garden 2 - 4 pm from Sunday 28th April to Sunday 2nd June.
The course fee is £60 which includes;
- One year membership of East Lothian Beekeepers’ Association - value £5
- One year membership of the Scottish Beekeepers' Association for one year. - value £30 - see membership details here
- 6 week course
Limited to 20 places per session
Book a place for the winter course £60
Book a place for the spring course £60
Introduction; what is a honeybee, origins of bees; history of beekeeping,
honey hunting, skeps, Langstroth; importance of beekeeping.
The colony; the queen, workers and drones; division of work within the
hive; individual lifecycles; pollination, nectar and honey; local forage
The Hive; hive components; brood box; supers; different types of hive;
practical - making frames.
The beekeeping year; preparation for winter; spring management,
inspections, summer build up; harvesting honey; wax, propolis and
pollen; selling honey.
Pests and Diseases; pests; brood diseases; adult bee diseases; varroa;
Swarms and the reason for swarming (causes, natural history, primary
and casts); swarm control; swarm collection.