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
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
To book on the summer course please use the form on the learn to keep bees page.
This is usually held on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in April each year.
To apply for the spring course either ring Fred Daynes on 01733 241767, or complete and send the Spring course application form to him with payment.
The course runs from March 2nd to April 6th 2019 at Sacrewell. More details can be found here
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.