"I'd like to know about the different components in a hive, how to extract honey, and how to do an artificial  swarm, learn about queen rearing and disease recognition"

We run a series of Summer Experiences and Winter Workshops which will answer all these questions and more.  For more information view our 'Activities' page.

or contact our Chairperson, Margaret Moore  <>

“Honey Extraction”

The aim of this session is to go through the steps to get honey from the hive to the jar. We will have a number of extractors for participants to examine, including manual and electric, radial and tangental. We will illustrate the different ways of clearing the bees and how to get the honey filled supers to the extractor.  Participants will be able to experiment with different uncapping methods, including knives and heat guns and will practice loading  frames into the extractor. We will discuss storing the extracted honey, filtering and putting into jars.


Session outline

            How to establish that a super is ready to extract

                        Checking for capped cells

            Clearing the bees

                        Using porter bee escapes and the rhombus method

                        Brushing away the bees

            Delivering the super to the extractor

                        Transporting and short term storage

            Different extraction methods

                        Gravity – no machine

                        Manual extractors

                        Electric Extractors


                        Different methods of uncapping

            Using the extractor

                        Loading frames

                        Spinning and knowing when to stop

            Removing honey from the extractor

                        Storage buckets


            Jarring the honey

                        Choosing jars

                        Sterilising used jars

                        Lids and labels

“The beehive: The varieties and how to identify and use the parts”

Participants will handle a number of different bee hives in order to see how they differ and what parts can be interchanged in different hives. As well as discussing the pros and cons of each type of hive participants will learn how to ensure the hive has been correctly assembled for top or bottom bee space, as well as looking at the different options for frame types.


Session outline           

A look at what makes up the popular hives  and how they differ from each other





           What can be mixed and matched

            Different materials used for hives




                 Some of the finer points

                        Top bee space vs bottom be space

                        Manley frames vs Hoffman frames

                        Porter bee escapes vs rhombus

                        Runners and castellated bars

            Hives for special tasks



                        Queen rearing mini nucs