Swarm Control Half Day Afternoon - Advanced Bee...

Swarm Control Half Day Afternoon - Advanced Beekeeping



An Afternoon 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 Basic Beekeeping Exam Prep course is held in the morning.  If both courses are booked you will receive a complimentary lunch. 


Course Programme:
3 hours: 1.30pm - 4.30pm


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 available to control swarming, including 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 morning Basic Beekeeping Exam Prep and receive a complimentary lunch?


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

Refreshments 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 a 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 bee suit, gloves and wellies (please contact us in advance if you need to borrow a suit).

If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.
Please arrive at 1.15pm for a prompt 1.30pm 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 Hastings & 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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