Beekeeping for Beginners

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Learn the basics of beekeeping with our house & garden courses in Sydney.

Bees from city bee yards are said to be healthier and more productive than their country cousins. Their presence also provides cities with enormous environmental benefits as they pollinate a wide variety of native plants that otherwise may struggle in urban environs. Keeping bees is also a great way to nurture your own garden and produce wonderful fruit and veggies as well as producing your own delicious honey.

However, bees are under constant threat from urbanisation and the over-use of insecticide. Here in Australia we are lucky enough to be the only country in the world with a healthy bee population, not affected by the deadly Varroa mite, and beekeepers across the nation are working hard to keep it that way. Get involved and find out how to keep bees in your own backyard.

This Beekeeping for Beginners course looks at the principles of backyard and urban beekeeping and gives students a basic knowledge of European Honeybees as well as our own native bees.

A great course for anyone who lives in an urban area and wants to learn to keep or encourage bees and has a passion for environmental sustainability.

Course outcomes

  • Know about safety around the bee yard and the protective equipment available.
  • Understand the different methods of beekeeping.
  • Identify the different types of Honey bees.
  • Understand the benefits of different types of bee hive.
  • Locate and manage a beehive successfully.
  • Know the beekeeping regulations and registration requirements.
  • Harvest honey from your hive
  • Identify various bee pests and diseases.

Course content

  • Why the sudden interest in bees?
  • World problems – disease, mites and hive deaths
  • Native bees
  • European honeybees
  • Bee biology
  • Building healthy colonies, natural beekeeping, commercial beekeeping and urban beekeeping
  • What goes on inside a hive
  • Hive types – Langstroth, Warre and Kenyan hives – relative productivity and ease of maintenance
  • Becoming a “beek” - regulations and personal commitment
  • Getting started and the costs involved
  • Healthy bees and how to maintain them
  • Bee diseases

Please bring to class

  • Tablet or pen and notepad for taking notes

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: 5 STARS

  • said: 5 STARS

  • said: Value add from Tutor with practical experience. A good introductory course. I also liked the book and handouts provided - A unexpected extra that was much appreciated.

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