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Weekend 26 july 2015 Wales Beekeeping Course

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Guard Bee

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Location: chester, england, uk

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:46 am    Post subject: Weekend 26 july 2015 Wales Beekeeping Course Reply with quote

I am on it !

Dear Beginner beekeepers,
Many thanks for booking onto our Introduction to Beekeeping Course, and apologies to those who have been waiting for this information. If you have booked more than one place in your own name, please let me have the name of your partner so that I can prepare attendance certificates for you all. The details you need to help you find the venue, what to expect and what to bring are listed below:
· Where: Henfaes Research Centre, exit at junction 13 off the A55 at Abergwyngregyn, full details and map attached. i.e. Henfaes Research Centre, Bangor University, Abergwyngregyn, Llanfairfechan, LL33 0LB. We will be in the Menterra Building – the building on the right as you arrive at the Centre. You can park either at the front or the rear of the building. Two important points:

· I should advise that mobile ‘phone reception isn’t good and is non-existent in the lecture room, although you can usually get a signal just up the road – but don’t rely on it!!

· Don’t rely on using the post code on Sat Nav. It won’t take you to the right place, so please do familiarise yourself with the map.

· When: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July - 9.30 am start time, finish by 5.30 pm each day.

· Course content: Breakdown of the weekend is attached. Should you have any further queries please email: and I shall try to answer them.

· Who is delivering the course: Mike Lax of Conwy and Anglesey Beekeepers’ Associations. You will be supported during the course by Keith Arnold, Holly Pinkney and Pete Barrar.

· Refreshments: Full lunch and hot and cold drinks will be available during breaks. If you have any special dietary requirements please email:

· Handouts: We will provide a 5GB pendrive with a copy of the course presentation slides but you may like to bring a notebook and pen for your own notes. All protective clothing and equipment will be provided, but if you have your own, then please bring them if you wish.

· Allergic Reaction: If you have suffered a ‘serious allergic reaction’ to bites or stings, then I am afraid we cannot accommodate you in the apiary sessions (Please let me know soonest.)

Please bring along wellingtons and if you have one, your beekeeping suit and gauntlets for when you are in the apiary. If you don’t have them, don’t worry, we have sufficient for you all.
For those of you who don’t yet have a book, the recommended course text book is by Ted Hooper and it’s called ‘Bees and Honey’. It is very comprehensive, but not really a beginners book in my view. It is also written for the Anglo-American market and I find the American angle doesn’t really fit in a UK context. You can get it from either Northern Bee Books or Amazon i.e. s&hvadid=5930560556&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15116951631518035189&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&ref=pd_sl_34p1k63bbg_b#/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_13?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=guide+to+bees+and+honey&sprefix=guide+to+bees%2Cstripbooks%2C285&rh=n%3A266239%2Ck%3Aguide+to+bees+and+honey You should make sure you go for the latest edition to ensure you get the latest advice on pest management, particularly varroa control methods.
You may also wish to consider the following;
1. The first, ‘Keeping Bees’ is jointly authored by Pam Gregory who is a well known beekeeper in Wales. Pam is very well qualified and really knows her stuff. The book comes highly recommended, particularly for beginners. See

2. The second – New Edition, is only relatively recently published but has already proved very popular for beginners – the ‘Haynes Bee Manual’. We have them for sale at the National Beekeeping Centre at Furnace Farm. We will bring along a few copies in case anyone wants to purchase one on the day. They are priced at £20. See _34p1k63bbg_b

If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me by email or on 07711 576722 and in the meantime we look forward to see you on the 25th.
Best wishes

Prof. Pete Barrar
Cyfarwyddwr / Director
National Beekeeping Centre Wales
Bwyd Cymru Bodnant Welsh Food
Furness Farm
Tal y Cafn
LL28 5RP

01492 650764
07711 576722
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Guard Bee

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Location: chester, england, uk

PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a very good excellent 2 days intensive course with experience of inspecting hives included for a long period of time, seeing varoe mites in eggs even...queens...honey frames brood frames and many bees

how to assemble the fiddly expensive national hive parts that you buy also covered...very useful.
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Guard Bee

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Location: chester, england, uk

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

now not using TOP BAR NATURAL hives i agree and i do not like AT ALL National Hives...accidents wating to happen for me..unstable leaky sliding shoe boxes that are risky even to DOGS to knock over and empty of bees let alone the pokey heavy boxes...but...passing that...

the learning obout contents of a hive was very very beneficial i share clips of just moments of the course...

videos of the WELSH BEE CENTER VIDEOS of hive visits ! not ALL of the talks course these are just some clips...

all 6 videos of Welsh Bee Center done uploaded one more seems an issue will see what it is later...


anyway i looked and thought well no point wasting lecturerers BUSY BEE TIMEs to approve or not these videos they are harmless...and very nice spontaneous bits of sharing of hive b vies views...ouff using french keyboard i make a few errors sometimes ...but i can use adequately german englsih or french keyboards i add !

the video i clicked on to check how they came out was the one about BEE BREAD and me asking about it...excuse my very English Accent hey Wink)) explanation of BEE BREAD and POLLEN TRAPS video 5 by TONY semi professional beekeeper video 1 short before the smoker used video 2 video 3 video 4 video 5 video 6
Video 7 ? uploading still.

just one photo of ONE of my BLACKIES...dogs but there are hundreds of thousands more of blackies in BEES also .

Bees are Us. Learning is a lifelong process, never too late to start. Speaking for myself !

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Guard Bee

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Video 7 ? 7th Heaven ! Happy Bottoms Up Bees !
Wales Bee Center Hive Inspections 7 SEE THE FEEDING FRENZY HAPPY BOTTOMS UP BEES at the end of video on getting FOOD in the form of sugar hey ! Lecturer Mike Lax making us newbies to be beekeepers do things ourselves. My BLACKIE DOG with us calm and at ease with all these bees International Champion bitch Groenendael Belgian Shepherd FEE NOIRE DE LA VALLEE DES SORTILEGES dite Féja
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh my oh my ! i have just emailed my friends etc in exceitment ! i AN NOW OFFICIALLY A GUARD BEE !

I TOO AM A GUARDIAN NOW ! it is official ! excuse my excitemenbt i have had A PROMOTION ! jaja ! to GUARDIAN ! purr purr ! buzz buzz ! woof woof !

ok the big forum of uk beekeepers have deleted again my post of welsh bee center video list due no doubt to my negative comment ref NATIONAL HIVE design and costs..but ! they also deleted the offensive to me comments made by some other forum members keen on supporting bayer pesticides company they no doubt get freebies off ...and !


wow ! and i got off to a bad start there ! they are highy critical and suspicous of me generally there but ! they left alone my list of welsh bee center videos...and upgraded me to a GUARD BEE because i have made 50 POSTS !!!!

pat myself on the back...


Bees evolve from...

New Bee just hatched
NURSE BEE that feed the other hatching bees for some days
GUARD BEE who defends the hive
FORAGING BEE who goes out to get the food in

and of course there are QUEEN BEES

I am now a GUARD BEE !
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