The winter training course will start again in the Winter of 2017.
John Perry ran a very impressive winter training course last winter which including not only theory but practical as well. We had twenty eight members on the course, so many in fact that we had to run two parallel courses. All the people attending completed the course and of those new beekeepers seven or eight now have bees. Preparations for this winters course are well under way and John already has a list of eighteen people who wish to attend.
The course is based on the BBKA Basic Assessment Syllabus hopefully leading to the candidate taking the BBKA Assessment after running their own colony or colonies for at least two full years.
The five main topics covered are:-
- Manipulation of a honey bee colony
- Natural History of the honeybee
- Disease and Pests
After successfully completing the eight weeks theory course there will be a further two, two hour sessions at our Out Apiary at the Sustainability Centre where each candidate with the aid of two instructors will be taught the practical aspects of beekeeping e.g. lighting a smoker, opening the hive, making frames up and so on
The Apiary Year
Run by Melvyn Asplett
Starting in April there will be a two hour session every other Saturday throughout the beekeeping season at Melvyn’s own apiary where you can follow Melvyn, learning to work bees with an expert. He will demonstrate the aspects and deal with the problems of beekeeping as and when they occur. This is invaluable to a newly trained beekeeper as Melvyn has many years experience and they will discover how much they still need to learn.
Candidates will learn how to spread the brood, find the queen, making up nuclei, identifying disease, uncapping comb, spinning the honey from the frames, reclaiming wax to mention just a few of the topics covered.
Evening sessions throughout the year may be available to course participants and any other members who wish to practise their skills in all aspects of hive management.
During this first year of training some candidates feel confident enough to purchase their first hive and with the help of our association we will endeavour to provide you with your first swarm. Others may prefer to leave it until the following spring. Which ever you choose, we as an association are there to help and support you all of the way.