This Introduction to Beekeeping course is designed to provide new beekeepers with both the practical skills and the background knowledge to start beekeeping with confidence.
The all day program is highly interactive and includes a live hive opening in the on site club apiary as well as other hands-on skill building exercises. Background instruction incorporates equipment selection and bee biology in addition to details of the Apiary and Biosecurity Codes of Practice.
Our highly qualified tutors have experience with both conventional Langstroth hives and the new Flow hives as well as top bar hives.
Included in the course fee are a comprehensive handbook and a copy of the textbook The Australian Beekeeping Manual which retails at $50.
The hive session is weather dependent and in the event of completely unsuitable weather, we will schedule an alternative date or dates.
A certificate of completion will be awarded once the online quiz has been successfully attempted.
No previous experience is required and loan protective equipment is available for the hive session. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.
Registration closes 18th April or when all places are taken.
Steering Visit (SiTE mEntoRING VISIT) Hive type: Top bar and horizontal Langstroth
Rescheduled (twice!) due to weather. Since we visited a year ago, our erstwhile host has converted from conventional hives to these less common varieties. This visit will be a great opportunity to find out how he has fared and even perhaps to taste some of his honey.
The popular mentoring format involves opening hives for inspection, providing opportunities for the less experienced to look and learn. Informal discussions follow, with light refreshments provided by the host.
Please register (free) your interest. Numbers are limited to 12 so that everyone can gather round the hives.
You will provide your own protective equipment.
Guests are welcome to attend club meetings, a visitors fee of $5 is charged at the door to cover refreshments.
Early booking is advised as there are only 57 coach seats available. After 20th May, if there are any places unsold we will offer them to other beekeeping clubs - make sure you don't miss out. This is a package arrangement with no allowance for own transport alternatives.
The bus will leave Doncaster Secondary College on Saturday at 8.00 am and return on Sunday ~5.00 pm.
*Previous highly successful trips to Robinvale, Castlemaine, Tasmania, Perth and Maryborough.
The club reserves the right to cancel the trip in the event of failing to reach a minimum number of registrants.
The program will extend over a month requiring weekly weekend apiary visits. On completion you will take the nuc home to install in your own hive.
Dates are provisional and depend on queen delivery and weather. There is some flexibility with inspection dates allowing a certain amount of individual variation.
Due to limited resources this program is available to members only and capped at 10 places. It is aimed at new members who must have completed a beginners course and will ensure a flying start to their beekeeping career.
Last year's program was an outstanding success with all participants happily installing their bees at home following completion. It was noticeable how quickly handling skills and confidence were built.
Meeting Address: Doncaster Secondary College, 123 Church Rd, Doncaster 3108