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The Portsmouth Beekeepers’ Association exists to promote the craft of beekeeping and increase public awareness of bees and their contribution to the ecology around Portsmouth in Hampshire, UK.
The winter beekeeping course begins on the 17th January 2020 and runs for eight weeks until the 6th March 2020. It will also include an additional one or two sessions later in the year at the PDBKA out apiary, to get you used to the idea of handling bees. The course will be held on a Friday evening at Portchester Community Centre in Westlands Grove, Portchester PO16 9AD and will run from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
Our winter course for beginners is being run by John Perry who has been keeping bees for some years. He has several apiaries of his own which he runs with the help of his wife, Rita. He has previously been swarm co-ordinator for the Portsmouth Beekeepers, and also holds the position of Deputy Chairman for our club.
The course is aimed primarily at new beekeepers, novice beekeepers or anyone who has bees and has never done a theory course. The course is based around the British Beekeepers Basic Assessment Syllabus and whilst we do not expect you to take the exam on completion of the course it will ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to become a competent beekeeper. It will also give you the opportunity to talk to experienced beekeepers and meet like-minded people at the same level as yourselves and share your experiences with them.
Bookings for the course are now being taken and places will then be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit on the number of people we can accommodate and we are usually over- subscribed. You do not need to be a member of the Portsmouth and District Beekeepers Association to attend. The cost for non- members is £50.00 and for existing members is £40.00
To obtain a booking form or if there is anything else you would like to know please contact me.
This will be held on September 28th 2019 10.00am to 4.30pm at Trafalgar School London Road Portsmouth PO2 9RJ
Tickets £12.50 in Advance or £14.00 on the Day (Lunch Included)
(Please inform us of special Dietary requirements)
Programme of the Day
9.30 - 10.00 - Coffee / Tea on arrival in Dining Room. Registration and Workshop Choices.
10.00 - 10.15 - Welcome by Mike Cotton Chairman of PDBKA in Main Hall
10.15 - 11.00 - Dr. Michael Keith-Lucas - Pollen in Forensic Science
11.05 - 11.50 - Christine Coulsting: Asian Hornet
12.00 - 12.45 Lunch in Dining Hall
Workshops: Session 1 - 1pm - 1.45pm Session 2 - 2pm - 2.45pm (Choose 2, one for each session)
Workshop 1 Led by Celia Rutland - "Marketing of Honey Products"
Workshop 2 Led by David Rutland - "Late Summer Colony Management"
Workshop 3 Led by Cliff McGauhey - "Microscopy"
Workshop 4 Led by Rosy Raines - "1st Responder Anaphylactic Shock"
Workshop 5 Led by Terry Mullarney - "Making Hornet Traps"
Workshop 6 Led by Alan Warren - "Wicor Primary School Bees (Bees at Schools)"
15.00 Coffee / Tea in Dining Room
15.30 Raffle and Closing Address
Dr Michael Keith Lucas Ph.D - Michael, a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, who has now retired, was formally Senior Tutor in Plant Sciences at the University of Reading. His career was initially centred mainly in looking at pollen on Archaeological sites. He then progressed into Forensic Science. He has had to give evidence in a number of high profiles cases. He recently moved away from the area so handed over his Presidency of Reading & District Gardeners Association.
Christine Coulsting started beekeeping in the Test Valley in 2011. Having taken the Basic Assessment, she started working through the modules one at a time, each one opening a different area of beekeeping interest. So far she holds the BBKA's General Husbandry and Advanced Theory Certificates. Christine is now a BBKA Assessor for the Basic Assessment and a correspondence Course Tutor for the modules.
Christine is chair of Romsey & District Beekeepers, teaches beekeeping and keeps her own apiary in the Test Valley with 17 colonies. It was on cycle tour along the Canal Du Midi that she first came across an Asian Hornets and saw them darting around ivy in late summer.
Being situated near the South Coast, we are very much in the front line of an Asian Hornet Invasion. After two Hampshire AH nests were found last Autumn, Romsey Beekeepers formed an Asian Hornet action team and set work to raise awareness of the Asian Hornet to beekeepers around Hampshire and also the public in our area.
The Asian Hornet is a fascinating creature but one which will challenge both bees and beekeepers in the years to come.
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Where to find us: Trafalgar School, London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9RJ.
Tickets will be on sale at the shop every Saturday - from this Saturday 27th and you can pay Cliff by card, cheque or cash.
The Tuesday meeting at The Sustainability Centre is now full however we will bring tickets if you wish to purchase one then, by cheque or cash. You can of course pay on the day but this will cost you more.
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PDBKA currently has around 149 Members.
"The majority of beekeepers do not give sufficient insulation and no beekeeper ever gave too much " Everertt Phillips Franklin
September to June meetings will be held in the larger room, at the Porchester Parish Hall, on the fourth TUESDAY of each month.