URBAN BEEKEEPING COURSE FOR BEGINNERS
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HANDS-ON URBAN BEEKEEPING COURSE FOR BEGINNERS
✅ Course held in Lugarno from 9am to 3pm. Lunch included.
Exact address will be provided after registration.
These days, it is impossible to know if the honey you are buying is real honey or just water with sugar. The only way to ensure that the honey is pure and unadulterated is by producing it yourself.
On top of that, bees that live in an urban environment are a lot healthier that those in the country. This is because they have a wider variety of healthy and cared-for gardens from which to extract nectar; in the country they usually just have one source of nectar from a plantation, which gives them a very narrow source of nourishment. This is reflected in the honey, as the honey from an urban environment hive is much healthier.
To maintain a beehive is no way near as difficult as it sounds. It is very easy to have a couple of beehives in your backyard and the bees will do most of the work for you.
You do not need to feed the bees, they feed themselves, you just need to provide them with a water source and a safe space.
Having bees at home is an extremely rewarding experience, you get to interact with nature in a very intimate way and will learn about these fascinating and intelligent creatures.
✅ In this course you will learn everything you need to know about bees, the equipment needed and how much honey and wax you can expect. Discover how to make products from beeswax such as candles, soaps and cosmetic creams.
✅ This course is for you if you are interested in learning about the fundamentals of beekeeping.
✅ By the end of this course, you should be able to:
• identify the various methods of beekeeping
• source suitable bees and beehive position
• know of the regulations pertaining to beekeeping
• maintain a beehive successfully
• harvest honey and render wax
• recognise pests and diseases affecting bees
• distinguish the various products made from honey and wax.
✅ This course covers the following topics:
• introduction to beekeeping
• what is honey?
• history of beekeeping
• honey flora – the importance of bees
• legislation – locating the hive
• how to get the bees
• honey bees – castes, lifecycles, re-queening, types of cells
• bee dancing and what it means
• swarming and catching a swarm
• sourcing bees from a supplier
• collecting the pollen and nectar
• bee hive management and inspections
• splitting a hive
• relocating a hive
• harvesting the honey and the wax
• honey bee products
• Australian native bees vs European bees
• bee stings
• bee health, pest and diseases and how to treat them
• beeswax uses – candles, cosmetics, soap
• flow hive
• initial and ongoing cost of beekeeping
• practical demonstration – opening a hive and inspecting it
✅ Materials and Lunch Provided
• Beekeeping equipment is displayed and living hives are available for inspection.
• Comprehensive course notes are provided and beekeeping suits are available to use during the demonstrations with the live hives
• The course will be delivered in Lugarno. Exact address will be provided after registration.
✅ Cost $299, this includes lunch, the use of a beekeeping suit and all training materials.
Avoid disappointment. Enrol early as the course is limited to a few participants.
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Your booking fee is supporting
Funding scholarships for Indigenous students
Bee Protection Society
What is Killing the Bees? — and Why It Matters The sad reality is that no one knows what is killing the bees, but the fact is the bee population is in steep decline and this is a major cause for concern. This is very important, as bees pollinate all the fruit trees, nuts and vegetables. Should bees disappear, we would have problems producing these items. We, at the Urban Bee Protection Society of NSW want to do what we can to protect the bees, particularly the bees in the urban environment. Bees in large cities have a lot going for them, but only as long as they are protected within a proper hive and under the care of someone that looks after them. When bees in an urban environment are left on their own, they will settle in places that will scare many people; in houses, inside a roof space or inside a wall, inside a tree or near a school. When people see this, they usually call pest control who will be more than happy to charge you $$ to kill them. We want to encourage people to call beekeepers to collect bees and keep them safe, rather than calling pest control. This is an issue particularly in spring when bees swarm and settle on a tree or a hoist while they are looking for a new place to live. We also want to educate people about these fascinating creatures and encourage them to install a beehive in their backyard. It is a very rewarding experience to know that you are helping bees survive and also to get honey and wax in return.