Basic Course: This course consists of six evening lectures and four weekend practical sessions. The subjects covered are: natural history of the honey bee, beekeeping principles and practice, equipment and clothing
disease poisoning and pests, manipulation of a honey bee colony. Further details can be found here.
Honey Bee Health Course (£50 – Saturday 4th May 2019): This course covers bee diseases including management of varroa and practical experience of shook swarm, bailey comb change, use of LFD, sampling bees for microscope examination, and performing full disease check. It is an ideal course for anyone considering taking the BBKA Bee Health Certification. This course is aim at those who are at a level where they have passed or could pass their BBKA basic assessment. To apply click here.
Queen Rearing Course (£50 – Saturday 8th June 2019): This course is intended as an introduction to queen rearing and is particularly suited to those who have 4 to 12 colonies. We shall spend the morning going though the theory of selection, hive requirements, a couple of set up options, and the Miller method of queen raising. In the afternoon, we shall put into practice what we have learned including how to assess a hive, one method of setting up a hive for queen rearing, making up nucs, and introducing queen cells. This course is aimed at those who are at a level where they have passed or could pass their BBKA basic assessment. To apply click here.
Microscopy Course £70 (Saturday and Sunday, 5th & 6th July 2019):
This 2 day course course covers the theory and practice of microscope setup, making pollen slides, Acarine and Nosema disease diagnosis, bee dissection, and first steps in mounting bee parts on slides. All microscopy equipment is provided for the course. Open to all but should you be exam minded it follows the syllabus of the BBKA Microscope Certificate. To apply click here.