A LOCAL beekeeping school is on the hunt for its next intake of students.
The North Devon School of Country Beekeeping (NDSCB) is hosting a series of events to inform the people of North Devon about the art of beekeeping and to recruit new students for their 2014 course.
Over the weekend, beekeeping tutor Tony Wright took two bee colonies and some former students down to St Johns Garden Centre in Barnstaple to demonstrate what the school teaches.
He said: “We have had lots of people come up and show interest in the bees, they are very fascinating to watch.
“We want to show people the gentle and rewarding art of beekeeping.”
The school has 11 colonies in total, which they then supply to new students to take away and start their own colony.
“As well as plain beekeeping, we teach students how to extract honey, microscopy and candle making. It is a very rewarding hobby.”
Nine-year-old Tabatha McKenzie and seven-year-old sister Amber were so impressed by the bees, they decided they would like to become beekeepers themselves.
Tabatha said: “I would like to look after bees and make some yummy honey.”
The NDSCB will be recruiting again at St John's Garden Centre on October 12 and 13, and at The Apple Fair and Produce show in South Molton on Oct 27.
Their beekeeping course starts in April 2014 and has 20 available places.
For more information visit: www.gentlebeekeeping.org.uk
If you are interested in taking up beekeeping, here are some top tips on how to get started:
• Find you nearest beekeeping school. The North Devon School of Country Beekeeping is based in Harracott, and offers 14 week course that will teach you all you need to know - they even provide you with your own colony!
• Make sure you have a large enough garden with lots of flowers and plants for the honey bees to pollinate.
• Don’t be afraid of being stung. Naturally, you may have to endure the odd sting while looking after a whole hive of bees, but with protective clothing and the right precautions, you should be able to avoid being stung frequently.