We shall be running a 2018 Spring Course for new beekeepers. If you’re interested please contact Sally Leslie on Sallyfrances86@hotmail.com or 01305 823043.
There is to be an Introduction to Beekeeping session on Saturday 16th September. This will be about starting beekeeping, the equipment necessary, information o our Beginners’ Course and, hopefully, will include a practical apiary session (this will be weather permitting). Contact Sally (details above) for further information if you’re interested.
Mervyn Bown 01305 786090 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Slade 01300 320777 – CSlade777@aol.com
Richard Norman 01305 786585 – Richard@wykeregis19.plus.com
Dorset Beekeepers Association have a useful calendar outlining beekeeping jobs for the month and dates for your diary of key beekeeping events. You can find it at:
Starting a new hobby can be exciting, but with beekeeping I’m not sure that exciting is the right expression. I started my beekeeping with trepidation, apprehension and anxiety to name just a few states of mind. My husband regularly reminds me – this is supposed to be fun! And yet some of us are mad enough to do it. Why? Because not only do you have an immense sense of wellbeing when you are with your bees, but they are the most intelligent and fascinating creatures alive, who could teach us many things about being better people. Well, that’s my humble opinion anyway.
I am just starting my third year of beekeeping and have taken my Basic bee exam, but I have only just scratched the surface of beekeeping. Many of the club members will tell you that they have been keeping bees for more than 10 or 20 years and are still learning. This isn’t false modesty, really it does take a lifetime and more to understand the amazing little insects and their way of life.
So if you are thinking of starting beekeeping, contact the club about a beginner’s course, come to the meetings and meet some like-minded people.