NSBKA Beekeeping Courses

NSBKA provides 2 highly popular courses with plenty of discussion, presentations and experiences opening bee hives at the Club. Scroll down the page for more information and enrolment.

COURSE OVERVIEW

NSBKA provides 2 highly popular courses with plenty of discussion, presentations and experiences opening bee hives at the Club.

The Beginners’ Beekeeping including Flowhive course is run across 2 weekend days on 2 consecutive Saturdays presented by highly skilled Club members.

The course includes presentations using a number of different hive types including 10 and 8 frame langstroth, warre, Flowhive and top bar.

The Swarm and Spring Management course is run on one Saturday in early Spring, the aim being to have beekeepers setup their hives so as to minimise swarming.

Presenters are from the Club and again the wide range of hive types means plenty of discussion on how to set them up for minimal or no swarming.

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Beginners’ Beekeeping Course including FlowHive

The course is designed to provide new or potential beekeepers (including those considering other hive types) with the necessary knowledge, confidence and practical skills to successfully manage their beehive. You gain confidence from having hands on experience and you will know the legal responsibilities required of a bee keeper before starting your first hive.

A Beginners’s Beekeeping Course is highly recommended before you start in bees. This course provides participants with the information they need to start beekeeping with confidence. It is specifically aiming at small scale hobby beekeeping and covers topics specific to urban bee keepers. No prior bee keeping knowledge or experience is required.

NSBKA has 5 Langstroth hives in the main apiary, a Top Bar hive, a Warre hive and Flow®Hive in our teaching apiary. Depending on the weather we will open one or more of these hives and you will see them operating. In poor weather we may not be able to open and inspect a hive. If this occurs you will be given the opportunity to postpone this activity to another suitable day.

The Beginners’ course covers these topics:

– Introduction to beekeeping and Registration
– Safety around the bee hive and bee stings
– Personal protective gear
– Bio security and good bee keeping practices
– Legislation – locating the hive and re-locating your hive
– How and where to get the bees, NSBKA Swarm list
– Bee hive management and pest controls
– Honey bees – castes, lifecycles, re-queening
– Swarming and catching a swarm
– Buying second hand hive equipment, frames, boxes, smoker & hive tools
– Buying your first bee hive – Langstroth 8 or 10 frame, or another hive type
– Harvesting the honey and honey bee products – honeycomb, wax & mead
– Opening a hive and handling bees with confidence
– Flow®Hive
– Using essential equipment, smoker, hive tools, brush and queen markers
– Storing your equipment
– Record keeping
– Review and questions during the Course

The Course is run over two weekends (normally consecutive Saturdays 9am to 4:30pm) so that you have the chance to try out your newly acquired skills on your own (or a friends) beehive. The cost of the course is $250 which includes all handouts and resources. Included in the two day course is your personal complimentary copy of the NSW DPI’s publication  Bee Agskills. All lunches, morning and afternoon biscuits, tea or coffee and soft drinks are included.

If you have your own bee suit or jacket, please remember to bring it to the course. You will be dealing with live bees. The Club does have a limited number of hoods and veils. Make sure you wear long pants, gloves and long sleeve cotton shirt. A pair of long thick  socks should also be included and closed footwear should be worn.

SPRING & SWARM MANAGEMENT

The spring management and swarm control course is a one day course designed to provide new beekeepers with the necessary knowledge, confidence and practical skills to successfully manage their beehive during the spring buildup and into the summer months. You will gain confidence from understanding the activity in the hive and ways to manage the bees. You will learn about the reasons behind the bees swarming instinct and how to manage the behaviour of the bees.

This course provides participants with the confidence and information to manage their bees. It is specifically aiming at small scale backyard beekeeping and covers topics specific to urban bee keepers in Sydney. Basic beekeeping knowledge is assumed. The course is held only once each year and places are limited to 16 people.

The Spring Management and Swarm control course covers the following topics:

– Safety around the Apiary, bee hive and bee sting
– Bee keeping terminology
– Influence of weather
– Nectar and pollen in winter and spring
– Expansion of egg laying
– Expansion of the brood chamber
– Drones
– Early spring inspections
– Signs of preparation for swarming
– Types of queen cells
– Looking for diseases such as AFB
– Swarm prevention techniques
– Splitting your hive – techniques
– Artificial Swarming
– Catching a swarm
– Questions to ask before catching a swarm
– Equipment to catch a swarm
– Safety issues
– Avoiding problems with Neighbours
– Post swarming action
– Re-homing a swarm – club swarm list
– Moving your hive
– Becoming a swarm collector for the club
– Record keeping

This Course is run for one day only (normally Saturdays 9am to 4:30pm) in late winter so you are prepared for the coming spring. The cost of the course is $125 which includes notes and handouts. Your lunch and morning and afternoon tea or coffee and soft drinks are included, so all you need to bring is your bee suit or jacket.

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