Would-be beekeepers are invited to make a beeline for a taster session run by Taunton Beekeepers at their teaching apiary near Wellington on Sunday, July 13.
The half-day course will include the theory behind keeping honey bees, a tour of the apiary and a chance to handle live bees.
Organiser Lin Uglow said: “This informal course will provide a real insight into what is involved in beekeeping today and includes taking a look at the life cycle of the bee to learning how we extract honey from the comb.
“You will get to put on a bee suit, see a smoker at work and probably get to handle some bees. This way you can work out if you actually enjoy this hobby before embarking on a full blown training course.”
Sarah Warner from Rockwell Green is a local beekeeper who has gained huge pleasure – and many jars of honey – from her hobby.
“ Four years ago I saw the Taunton Beekeepers display at The Taunton Flower Show and a friend persuaded me to enrol on the beginners beekeeping course,” said Sarah.
“I attended a six-week course beginners bee keeping course over the winter months and the invaluable practical beginners bee keeping course in the spring and summer. Since then I have never looked back.
“ I bought my equipment from the club’s annual auction and obtained a colony of bees from a friend and former student at Heatherton Park. As an intermediate beekeeper with a lot still to learn. I find that the club is a great source of advice whenever necessary.
“The brand new club house and education centre that has its official opening very soon will be a great asset to the further development of the group.”
The programme at Heatherton Park Teaching Apiary at Bradford on Tone near Taunton costs £30 and includes afternoon refreshments. Places are limited. For information or to book a place, please contact Lin Uglow on 07884 264025 or firstname.lastname@example.org