North Kildare Beekeepers Association holds an 9 - Week Beekeeping Course in Mar/Apr each year . This year's course, 2021, will begin on 2nd March and will be by Zoom invitation to members. This is open to beginners and novices and provides a fantastic opportunity to learn the skills required to become a beekeeper. It is open to non-members also. All Tuesday meetings begin at 8pm sharp and normally finish by 9.30pm. North Kildare Beekeepers’ Association Beekeeping Course: 2nd March – 4th May, €35 ** Note these dates are provisional until agreed by committee Week 1 — Tuesday 2nd March - Welcome & Registration, Course Introduction. Week 2 — Tuesday 9th March - Occupants of the Hive, their Life Cycle and Functions. Week 3 — Tuesday 16th March - Beekeeping Equipment and Clothing, Beekeeping Terms. Week 4 — Tuesday 23rd March - Spring & Summer Management, Weekly Inspections and Record Keeping, Bee Flora. Week 4A — TBA - Hive Types and Assembly of Frames, Honey Sections and hives. Week 5 — Tuesday 6th April - Swarms & Swarming. N.B. There will be a separate talk on this evening for Novices on 'Swarm Control Methods' Week 6 — Tuesday 13th April - Bee Health & Hygienic Beekeeping, Diseases Week 7 — Tuesday 20th April - Biseases and Pests of Bees Week 8 — Tuesday 27th April - Honey Removal, Extraction and Processing, Summary of Course with Q & A. Week 9 — Tuesday 4th May - Autumn Feeding, Storage and Care of Equipment, Summary of Course with Q & A. Week 9A — TBA - First Outdoor Demonstration at Association Apiaries.
Association apiary visits after course completion are included
** The fees for the course cover your NKBKA membership, your annual beekeepers insurance, membership of the IBAclg and access to the association apiaries. The lecturers are experienced members of the association and are all beekeepers.