This project is part funded by the Worcestershire Community Foundation.
THE BEEKEEPING PROJECT
Now we know not everyone has green fingers, but they would still like to be involved in some form of activity outdoors. So, we needed to find another project that was in line with our ethos of working with nature and supporting the environment.
This project is run by two of our veterans Tony Beekeeper and Woody with over 40 years experience in beekeeping.
The three Stages of training and education
An introduction into health and safety and a free allergy test available
A brief history into bee keeping and about the different types of hives.
All equipment and protective suits are provided for you to have hands on experience on how to do an inspection and finally to the point of extracting the honey.
Who it’s for…
If you’ve ever wondered how honey is made a beekeeping experience is for you. If you’re thinking of keeping bees yourself, this project gives you an excellent insight into what being a beekeeper involves. If you like honey you’ll love it!
Who it’s not for…
If you are allergic to bee stings this might not be the activity for you, as they are very much hands-on beekeeping experiences at our beekeeping centres around the county.
HERE ARE SOME BEE FACTS….
- The reason bees are so noisy is because they beat their wings 11,400 times in one minute!
- Only female bees can sting. Male bees don’t have stingers.
- Honey bees communicate through a series of dance moves.
- A hive of bees will fly over 55,000 miles to make 1lb of honey and can create 100lbs of honey in a year.
- Bees can sense the hormone a human gives off when they’re scared. If they feel their hive is threatened they’ll attack.
- The Honey Bee is the only insect that makes food man can eat.
- Each Honey Bee from the same hive has their own specific color identification.
- The Ancient Egyptian King Pepy II came up with a clever insect repellent. He would cover a slave completely with honey so they would be attracted to the honey and not him.
- Eating honey makes you smarter! It has an antioxidant that improves brain functions.
- It would cost 1.8 billion for U.K farmers to pollinate their crops without bees.
- There has been over 270 species of bees recorded in the U.K.
There are lots of opportunities for you to learn new skills, join our outdoor adventure and volunteer to contribute to this fantastic opportunity, working with the natural world. For more information contact us today.