Taking up the craft of beekeeping is not just a case of buying a hive and some bees from the internet. Without the knowledge to look after your bees, this approach is sure to end in tears.
Chelmsford Beekeepers run a number of sessions and courses throughout the year.
Taster Sessions 2021 – fully subscribed.
Booking for 2022 will become available in April.
If you have ever thought of taking up the craft beekeeping, this 2-hour session, open to the public, will introduce potential Beekeepers in the Chelmsford area, to the life cycle of the Honey bee and allow you to see inside a beehive. This session is normally held in late August or early September.
Beginner Theory Course 2022- Enrol Now via our webshop
This five week public course, held in February and March, is very popular, it provides potential Beekeepers in the Chelmsford area a valuable insight into the life of bees. The syllabus of the course broadly aligns with the in beekeeping and, on completion, will allow you to move on to the Beginner Practical Course .
In addition to the Taster session and Theory course, we run a number of specialised courses open to those who have become members of Chelmsford Beekeepers.
Full details are made available to members through our newsletters.
These sessions include –
Normally held in May, this members only course is a follow on from our theory course and only students who have successfully completed the theory course and joined Chelmsford Beekeepers will be accepted. During this course you will open up a variety of hives in different settings and at difference stages of development. You will learn how to safely examine a beehive and gain the knowledge to manage your first Colony of bees.
This 2 hour session shows members how to collect honey bee swarms safely and efficiently, including both the theory and practical.
Perfect Hive Inspection
A Master Beekeeper shows members the correct way to look through a beehive. Using the minimum of smoke. The aim is to make the whole process very enjoyable and safe, whilst minimising the disruption to the Colony.
Queen Location, Clipping and Marking
One of our experienced beekeepers shows members how to find the queen, clip and mark her, the easy way and talking us through the advantages and disadvantages of this procedure.
Varroa Treatment and Autumn feeding
A 2 hour session showing members how to monitor the number of varroa mites in a hive, how to reduce the infestation and, how to provide the bees with food for the winter.
This session helps members with the the Honey extraction process: the use of a variety of uncapping and extraction methods, and the final bottling process.
If any of our Chelmsford courses are fully subscribed or unavailable, you may like to enquire or enrol on a course run by a neighbouring area.
Please make contact with the people below or visit their websites for more information.
Braintree Colleen Chamberlain 01279 876 333
Colchester Morag Chase 01206 522576
Epping Forest Robin Harman 07971 237312
Harlow Keith Naunton 01279 303 471
Maldon Glenn Mayes 07979 862952
Romford Pat Allen 01708 220 897
Saffron Walden Jane Ridler 01279 718 111
Southend Ann Cushion 07909 965 117
For any other enquiries relating to courses run by Chelmsford Beekeepers – please use the form below.