FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

We’re super excited you’ve chosen to come and visit The Bee School, but imagine you have a few questions. That's understandable, it’s not everyday you get up close and personal with 30,000+ bees!

Hopefully we’ll be able to answer all your bee related queries below, but if not, please send any questions via bee-mail to thebeekeeper@thebeeschool.co.uk.

 

Will I get stung?
Our safari bees have been specially selected for their calm disposition, however, there’s lots of external environmental factors that mean we can’t make any promises that you won’t get stung. As long as you follow the advice of the beekeeper, you should have a sting free happy experience.

Is there parking at The Bee School?
There are a number of designated car parks within Luss Village, and then a very short walk to the School. Due to traffic restrictions, cars are not permitted to drive inside the residential area of the village.

Is The Bee School accessible by public transport?
Yes, the nearest train station is Balloch, from here it’s either a short taxi ride or bus journey (your choice) to the school. For the address and more details visit our location page.

I’m attending the course as part of a weekend break, can you help with accommodation?
Absolutely, we’re very fortunate to have the support from a small group of wonderful people, who provide holiday lets and B&Bs in the area. All are known to us personally and will have the perfect solution for your weekend break, let us know your plans and we can hook you up.

 

WEEKEND BEEKEEPING COURSE

What beekeeping equipment is provided during my course for inspection?
The Bee School will provide all necessary equipment for you to safely inspect an active hive, this includes a full bee suit and gloves. We just ask you to bring your own wellies.

What course materials will be provided?
We’ll provide you with a handbook containing presentational material, which can also be used for keeping notes, we’ll provide a pen too. If you’re creative in your note taking and like to use highlighters, then you’ll need to bring your own.

What do I need to bring?
You just need to bring a pair of wellies, or boots. Ideally they need to be above the ankle so the suit can sit snuggly over the top, without a wandering bee being able to squeeze its way through any gaps.

Do I need to bring food?
No, a light buffet lunch will be provided on both days and there will be copious amounts of tea and coffee available throughout the weekend, did we mention cake? You’re in good hands for cake.

I have a dietary requirement, do I need to bring my own food?

Prior to attending your course, we’ll send you an introduction letter and a checklist for attending the course, we’ll also ask you to send us any specific dietary requirements you have so we can make sure we can cater to your needs, no need to bring your own lunch.

Will you send out joining instructions?
Yes, we’ll send you all the information required prior to attending your course.

 

BEE SAFARIS

I have special dietary needs and the Safaris include honey tasting, can I still take part?
We aim to gather your dietary needs prior to your attendance on all pre-booked courses. If this has not been possible, please let our beekeeper know on arrival and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

What beekeeping equipment is provided during my Safari?
The Bee School will provide all necessary equipment for you to safely inspect an active hive, this includes a full bee suit and gloves, we just ask you to bring your own wellies.

What do I need to bring?
You just need to bring a smile and a pair of wellies, or boots. Ideally they need to be above the ankle so the suit can sit snuggly over the top, preventing a wandering bee being able to squeeze its way through any gap.

 

Helping the Bees by making Healthy Choices

In March 2022, the Scottish Government launched their ‘Vision
for Agriculture’. The aim is to support farming and food production in
Scotland and becoming a global leader in sustainable and regenerative
agriculture, with the added benefit of mitigating climate change and restoring
nature.

 So, what does this look like?

We will have high quality foods, produced locally in a
sustainable environment.

It will provide a solid basis for biodiversity habitats.

Improve animal health and welfare.

Mitigate climate change.

How Can I Help?

There's many factors affecting the decline of our Bees and Pollinator Population, one big problem is the overuse of pesticides.

We could suggest planting wild flowers, not cutting your grass too short, stop the use of plastic grass would be a good one.

Although we'd like you to go one better and swap out one item from your weekly shop and trade it for an organic alternative. Why not make the humble potato or a pint of milk your choice for the simple organic swap