Week 1: First Inspection
The first week of the practical course. Time to start putting the theory into practice.
It’s all well and good sitting, listening and learning in class but being able to have a try with the Apiary bees and equipment is a valuable lesson in beekeeping. The course lasts for 6 weeks and many techniques of beekeeping are demonstrated and we can have a go as well.
After putting on bee suits – there is an art to doing this – making sure all zips are done up, velcro stuck down, wellies and gloves on, it was time for first lesson. The all important smoker.
The smoker is a beekeepers friend, you might not always use it when attending the hive but never go without it.
It was then onto inspecting a hive. The first time when you lift a roof is amazing, so many bees, so much to look at. It’s quite hard to concentrate on what the purpose of the lesson is, but learning how to use the tools, lifting frames, keeping calm and enjoying being with the bees are all very important.