Fifteen prospective beekeepers, five instructors, two dogs and several thousand bees took part in this years PBKA Beginners Day.
As usual the participants came from a wide range of backgrounds with the common aim of finding out more about the fascinating world of honeybees.
The day was structured into formal presentations interspersed with practical activities and a visit to the association apiary.
The morning presentations discussed the honeybee colony and managing the hive.
The indoor activities were
In the middle of the day we went out to the apiary. Everyone suited up, lit some smokers and had a look at the apiary site and equipment.
The day was rather cold for a full inspection but we managed to have a peek at some live bees.
Back to the hall to warm up and have lunch and a chat. More presentations on Bee health and finally the beekeeping year rounded up the day.
Everyone appeared to enjoy the day and were eager to follow up the day with some practical experience in the apiary over the summer.