Join the sweet 'buzzness' of beekeeping in Wirral


By Doug Jones - Wirral Beekeepers


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To Bee or not to Bee?
That is the question being asked by a group of Wirral bee keepers who are hoping to attract more people to take an interest in their craft.
Wirral Beekeepers was formed in 1961 and is one of the five branches which make up the Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association.
Members are currently appealing for more people to join the "buzzness" of beekeeping.

A taster session” Have you ever thought of keeping bees as a hobby” (very low key) will be held on Friday 3rd March 2017 at Dale Farm, Oldfield Road, Heswall, CH606SN. 7pm start this is a free session. Booking is essential to acquire a place.

Programme secretary Doug Jones said: “Beekeeping is a fascinating hobby; people have been keeping bees for hundreds of years.
“You can keep bees in your garden, but some beekeepers keep them on allotments subject to council permission.”
You wouldn’t bee-lieve how many benefits bees bring through pollinating plants, flowers and trees.
Around a third of our food is pollination dependent, with the average bee colony –containing 50,000 bees – helping to pollinate 4,000 square metres of fruit trees.
Doug, who started beekeeping in 1975 and currently has 10 hives at his home in Heswall, said: “There are multiple uses for products of the hive. The obvious is candle making out of the surplus beeswax, beeswax polish, cosmetics, mead making.
If you are bitten by the bug! An “Introduction to Beekeeping course” which is held each year is at Dale Farm, Oldfield Road, Heswall is planned to start on Saturday, 25th March and continues on 1st April, 8thApril, and last one 22nd April 2017.

The courses are designed to provide beginners with the knowledge of how to handle bees and learn the skills needed to work with them safely. As well as covering topics including bee diseases.
“We will lend you a bee suit, and open some bee hives, so you can get hands-on experience handling the bees,” explained Doug.
Wirral Beekeepers will advise you on sourcing bees, hives, and beekeeping equipment to get started.
We are lucky to have a training apiary in Dale Farm where we will hold further beekeeping lessons and the BBKA Basic Beekeeping module after you have completed the course.

All course lessons include light refreshments and last for two hours. The cost of the four “Introduction to beekeeping lessons” at Dale Farm is £80

To book onto the main course or to come along to the taster session contact the group’s Programme Secretary, Doug on 0151 3427062 or 07977689657

Latest update - There has been a great deal of interest in both the Taster Session & the Beginners Course & as a result ALL places are now taken.
Doug is keeping a reserve list for anyone who is still interested - contact him direct on dougthebee1@gmail.com


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