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Summer Course


August 3rd    General Introduction

 PDBKA – who we are, what we do    The importance of beekeeping     Origins of beekeeping;

Honey hunting;  skeps L.L.Langstroth     Bee species      What is a honeybee

Basic equipment    What’s in  a bee hive     What  is “normal”     The BBKA   Sources of equipment

August 10th      Hive Products 

Local forage crops   Pollination, nectar, honey     Wax, propolis and pollen

Honey extraction    Feeding bees    Showing and display    Types of honey

Selling honey   Mead

August 17th      The Beehive   

The bees nest    Hives and hive assembly    Hive maintenance     Assembling frames

Different hive types    Brood sizes    The National Hive Supers – when and why

The Nucleus

August 24th       The Honeybee and Its Colony

Life cycle of the honeybee    Castes    The Queen : her importance in the hive    Queen mating

Division of labour in the hive    Bee morphology    The Annual Round

Swarming – reasons, control, collection and  management    Bee communication

August 31st   B. Problems / Getting started

 Handling bees    Siting hives / setting up an apiary    Pests and parasites

Brood diseases    Adult bee diseases   Neighbours    Animals

Questions and queries      






eLearning now live on National Bee Unit website

An eLearning programme for beekeepers is now live and ready for use on the NBU website.

The first module ‘Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Viruses’ covers six main topics; Exotic Threats, Foulbrood, Varroa, Adult Bee Diseases and Viruses, Other Brood Disorders and Other Pests. The aim of the module is to provide you with a good understanding of the issues that might affect colony health.

You can access this free and exciting platform, by logging into BeeBase where you will find an eLearning link to the left hand side of the navigation panel. When clicking on this, you will be re-directed to the eLearning platform where you can access the content. It will be available on most mobile devices and tablets, although you will need to make sure that your web browser is up to date, otherwise you may experience compatibility issues with some of the content.