Sheffield College students will be able to get the learning buzz with a new class in beekeeping.
Conservation and self-sufficiency enthusiasts have the chance to study the subject through a short taster course. The beekeeping classes will cover the life cycle of bees, and how to look after them and identify the queen bee.
Students will learn about the different types of hives, how to keep them clean and healthy, as well as feeding recommendations for bees. Two beehives are installed in the grounds of The Sheffield College City campus, Granville Road.
Adele Wright, Head of Science, Animal Care and Computing Technologies, The Sheffield College, said: “There’s increasing interest in self sufficiency with people wanting to grow their own food, look after wildlife and protect the environment.”
She added: “Honey bees are pollinators, and vital to the food chain but are in danger of disappearing. This course has been launched to address that interest, and reflects the College’s wider commitment to sustainability.”
The beekeeping course is part-time, runs over eight weeks, and costs £100. In addition, the College is also offering a one-day chicken-keeping course costing £30. Both courses cover scientific theory as well as practical tips. Harvest from bees, including honey and wax, can be found in nutritional, medical and other products such as lip balm.
Full-time students completing the BTEC Diploma in Animal Care, as well as the Higher National Certificates and Diplomas in Animal Management and Environmental Conservation at the College, also learn about the science of bees as part of their curriculum.
The Sheffield College City campus, Granville Road, which was highly commended in the national Green Gown Awards last year, has a raft of sustainable features including three rooftop wind turbines, sedum roofs, solar panels, rainwater harvesting and a wildflower meadow, wildlife pond and food waste composter.
For more information on part-time beekeeping and chicken-keeping classes, and full-time courses starting this September, email firstname.lastname@example.org, click here or call 0114 2602600