Swarm Control Half Day Morning - Advanced Beeke...

Swarm Control Half Day Morning - Advanced Beekeeping



A Morning Course

  Swarm Control  


Swarming is a natural part of the beekeeping year and it is essential to understand the reasons for swarming and what it means for both the colony and the beekeeper.
This course will focus on why swarming happens, how best to minimise and prevent it and simple methods to control it once started.

A Queen rearing course is held in the afternoon.  If both courses are booked you will receive a complimentary lunch. 


Course Programme:
3 hours: 9.30am - 12.30pm


What To Expect:



1. Reasons for swarming
Why does a colony swarm? when is it likely to occur and what is the trigger?
Practical help with managing one of beekeeping's most testing but natural annual events.  Aimed at those wishing to conduct their beekeeping in a responsible and sustainable manner.

2. Swarm prevention
What can you do to prevent a swarm and when should you do it? Key observations including weather patterns, pollen crops and the bees behaviour both outside and inside the hive.  Ensuring enough space, considering types and sizes of hives.

3. Swarm control
Necessary inspections and manipulations.  The methods availalbe to control swarming, indluding the theory and practical demonstrations.

4. Taking swarms
How to collect a swarm and what to do with it!  The main considerations, the equipment required, risks associated, disease control, insurance requirements, identifying the type of bee and other important steps and considerations.

Why not also book on our Queen Rearing Course and receive a complimentary lunch


An informal morning spent with others interested in beekeeping.  A wealth of information from a highly experience beekeeper and a chance to discuss this important part of beekeeping with other beeekeepersm along with a useful pack of course notes to take away.

Refreshements will be provided, including tea, coffee and a 'honey-themed' cake.

Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just short walk down our track.

This course is classroom based, however if the bees, time and weather allow then we may visit a hive.

What To Bring:

Just bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have, along with a beesuit, gloves adn wellies (please contact us in advance i fyou need to borrow a suit).

If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.
Please arrive at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am start.


Course Tutor:
Mike Cullen


Mike Cullen

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Mike has been a Beekeeper since 1972. He is the ex-chairman and current President of the Hasings & Rother Beekeeping Association. (H&R BKA). He represents the division for H&R BKA at Sussex Beekeeping Association and is an examiner for the BBKA Basic and General examinations.



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Advanced Beekeeping - Swarm Control Half Day AM with Mike Cullen - Sat 5th May 2018

An advanced beekeeping training course
Receive a free lunch if you also book queen rearing

£48.00 / ticket(s) *
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Advanced Beekeeping - Queen Rearing Half Day PM with Mike Cullen - Sat 5th May 2018

An advanced beekeeping training course
Receive a free lunch if you also book swarm control

£48.00 / ticket(s) *
In stock

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