Training courses

Training

Each year we offer a beginners’ course, facilitate members taking the BBKA Basic Assessment and also, during the winter months, arrange a series of lectures geared towards BBKA Modular Examinations. Further details below:

BBKA Basic Assessment

To take the Basic Assessment you should have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months

The Basic Assessment syllabus and further information can be found through the BBKA Practical Assessments link below.

BBKA Practical Assessments.

BBKA Modular Examinations.

NBKA Beginners Course 2021

The format of the course this year is six sessions held via Zoom on Tuesday evenings between January and March. See the programme for 2021 below. The cost of the course was £75 but at the moment is fully booked. If you are interested for the future you should Contact the Training Officer

NB If you know that you have an allergy to bee stings it is inadvisable to undertake beekeeping unless you have discussed this with a qualified medical practitioner.

 

 

Beginners’ Course Programme 2021


19th Jan Lifecycle 0f the Bee – presented by Richard Knott

A brief explanation of the honeybee’s lifecycle from egg to grave.


26th Jan Equipment – presented by the Association Apiary Team and Committee

An introduction to the extent and type of equipment used, of how a hive is designed, and why it works.


2nd Feb Wintering and Spring Build-up – presented by Patsy Hollingum

An explanation of how a colony survives the Winter and builds up in the Spring.


16th Feb  Swarm Management – presented Ray Goodman

Why bees swarm, the problems this may cause for the beekeeper, and techniques to manage the swarming impulse.


2nd March Pests and Diseases – presented by Bob Poole

How bees become sick, what the beekeeper can do to avoid it and the effect pests and diseases have on the colony.


23rd March Honey and Hive Products – Graham Padden

How the bee makes honey, techniques for extraction and watchpoints for the beekeeper.


 

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