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To add a Training Course or Event, please complete and submit a form here:  http://bbka-ark.com/ 

If you are interested in learning about beekeeping check this page for courses near you or contact your local association - find yours here 

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Friday 24th June Commencing at 20.30hrs – Introduction & Scope of Course. Venue National Grid, Cat & Kitten Lane, Featherstone Wolverhampton WV10 7JB

Saturday 25th June 9.30 for 10.00a.m start – 17.00hrs. Venue SS&DBKA Apiary, Shugborough Hall, Stafford.
• Make up swarm box(es)
• Grafting theory
• Collecting frames of brood
• Grafting practical (5 groups of 4)
• Placing grafts into swarm box(es)

Sunday 26th June 9.30a.m. – 17.00hrs. Shugborough Hall, Stafford.
• Raising Cells
• Making up Mininukes
• Distributing queen cells
• Managing Mininukes
• Evaluation of MIninukes
• Inspecting Swarm box for cell acceptance
• Course summary

Few places still available

£100

To book email or Cal: 07866 610727

The Course content:

Saturday: Will go through the basics of instrumental insemination. Use of equipment e.g. microscopes. Semen collection.

Sunday: Instrumental insemination of queen bee. Also cover an problems e.g trouble shooting.

You should be able to take home inseminated queens.

Fee:£150

To book Email or Tel: 01227 833807

As beekeepers know, honey bees have many diseases. The simplest way of controlling honey bee diseases would be if the bees themselves did it. Hygienic behaviour is a natural form of disease resistance in which worker bees remove dead and dying brood from capped cells. Hygienic behaviour is effective against chalk brood, American foulbrood, Varroa, and Deformed Wing Virus.

Sheffield Beekeepers' Association is running a one day Introduction to Honey Bee Microscopy to take place Sunday 10 July. This low cost "taster course" is aimed at people wanting to look at pollen and bees more closely and is ideal for those considering sitting the microscopy certificate assessment and who wish to see if it is for them before they commit to it.

The course content includes the following:
• Setting up a microscope
• Making slides of pollen collected from flowers and extracted from honey samples
• Measuring pollen
• Abdominal dissection
• Tracheal dissection
• Nosema analysis
• Q&A
There will be three trained microscopists on hand and student numbers are limited to a maximum of 12.

Fee £20.00

Location: 
Click HERE for the on-line booking form 

A workshop especially for beekeepers with a limited number of colonies. An ideal introduction to anyone with a few hives who wishes to produce replacement queens for themselves and friends.
This is a practical course, which will build upon the theory and background of the classroom courses earlier in the summer at Tyland Barn (Maidstone) and MannLake UK (Canterbury)

Location:Kent Showground, Detling

Fee £20

To book go to: www.ksrcbees.org.uk

If you think you might be interested in keeping bees, but don’t know what’s involved or how to get started, this one-day taster course will give you an overview of the craft of beekeeping. Our experienced beekeepers will cover all the fundamental requirements for bee and hive management and give you a real feel for the art of beekeeping and a good understanding of whether or not this is a hobby you wish to pursue.

This 5-hour course begins with a classroom tutorial followed by practical demonstration at our apiary. You will learn about the honey bee colony and beekeeping year, how and where to set up an apiary, bee behaviour and the role of the beekeeper, essential equipment, honey extraction and processing, bee stock and some specifics about urban beekeeping and legislation. You will also get an understanding of the cost and time involved along with the benefits you’ll reap in return.

The day will culminate in a hands-on experience of visiting the apiary and inspecting inside of the beehives. Protective beekeeping suites will be provided, but you’ll need to wear a long-sleeved top and long trousers and bring along a pair of wellies and washing up gloves. Please do not apply perfumes or aftershaves.

Fee £69

Location: Woodberry Wetlands Nature Reserve, London

To Book: events@woodberrywetlands.org.uk

An exploration into the Six-fold Path of Sacred Beekeeping - science, history, mystery, art, medicine and activism. There will be opportunity to hear about cutting edge beekeeping methodologies and exciting discoveries regarding bee symbol and myth. There will also be practical beekeeping sessions during this weeklong residential programme.

Findhorn Foundation, Forres, Moray

Fee: £770

To Book: bookings@findhorn.org or Tel: 01309 691653

These taster days are ideal for anyone who has an interest in bees and starting beekeeping but is unsure about committing to a full course. They also make an unusual gift experience!

The session begins with a morning introduction into the fascinating world of Bees and beekeeping. In the afternoon you will attend a hands-on apiary session and get up close and personal with our Bees, under the guidance of one of our experienced beekeepers.

We will cover the different types of bee, types of beehive, personal safety, how to set up an apiary, how to handle bees, honeybee health, the different types of honey, and how to deal with the honey harvest.

We will provide you with bee suits and gloves for the afternoon session with the bees. Cost per person £60 including tea / coffee throughout the day.

Please bring your own wellies and lunch

To book: email or call:01492 651106

Varroa mites are a serious problem to beekeepers. They harm honey bees directly and also spread virus diseases that can kill the whole colony. Until recently Varroa could be controlled using Apistan strips. However, Varroa are now resistant to Apistan. There are many alternative treatments but how effective are they, and how can they be combined to provide integrated control?

BIBBA Conference 2016 will be held on 20-22 September on the Isle of Man. Three full days of quality international speakers with lectures on many aspects of beekeeping: from beginner to expert there will be excellent content for all of us to improve our beekeeping.

Disease occurrence and spread and future threats to our bees are high profile; now is the time to focus on breeding from the best, locally, for less defensive, robust stocks of honey bees. Where better than a conference with like-minded beekeepers?

Speaker profiles, lecture content summaries and booking are all now available online, links below. Please take a look and whatever you do don’t miss the Early Bee prices, available now. Large choice of accommodation, conference dinner, lots to see, so why not extend your visit? See you there!

“This weekend’s conference was excellent and more than met expectations - I hope this sets the standard for future UK beekeeping events and look forward to the next one!” ~ Delegate feedback, Llangollen 2014.

Fee: £80

bit.ly/ConferenceLinks for direct interactive links
bit.ly/Conf09 for the BIBBA website with full details

Trisha Marlow, Publicity Officer, BIBBA

The course is aimed at those wishing to gain and develop the skills necessary in order to prepare for the BBKA Advanced Husbandry Assessment. The course is split over two days and will cover the Syllabus of the Assessment requirements. Numbers are limited to allow a strong student/tutor ration in order to provide a quality training environment. The course will run from 930am -430pm each of the training days - 3rd September 2016 and 25th March 2017.

Fee £150

To book contact simon.croson@bbka.org.uk Tel:07939156238

An evening talk, discussing Beekeeping today, what you need to know if you are just thinking about keeping bees; the apiary set up, equipment needed, hive management and honey.

Learning the art of beekeeping is a fascinating past-time, but beware it can become addictive from the very first time you open a hive and peer inside!

It is an interest that can just keep growing, as you begin to understand more and more about how these little insects work as an incredible and complex colony there is endless knowledge to gain.

Bees are under threat and need our help to survive, by understanding the behaviour and instincts of the honey bee along with their needs and the problems they are encountering you can help a vital part of our environment.

An informal evening spent with others interested in beekeeping. A wealth of information from a highly experienced beekeeper and a chance to see the different equipment available, along with a useful pack of course notes to take away.

Fee: £66

Tel:01424 830357
Email: info@mantel-farm.co.uk
http://www.beekeepingcourse.co.uk/basics-of-beekeeping

A 2-day course. A more intensive course than our evening course to get you started, explaining more about the honey bee, helping you choose your hive and equipment, how and where to set up your apiary, the bees management and pests and diseases.

Learning the art of beekeeping is a fascinating past-time, but beware it can become addictive from the very first time you open a hive and peer inside!

It is an interest that can just keep growing, as you begin to understand more and more about how these little insects work as an incredible and complex colony there is endless knowledge to gain.

Bees are under threat and need our help to survive, by understanding the behaviour and instincts of the honey bee along with their needs and the problems they are encountering you can help a vital part of our environment.

An informal evening spent with others interested in beekeeping. A wealth of information from a highly experienced beekeeper and a chance to see the different equipment available.

Fee: £198

Tel:01424 830357
Email: info@mantel-farm.co.uk
http://www.beekeepingcourse.co.uk/beginning-your-beekeeping