British Beekeepers Association


British Beekeepers Association

Upcoming Events & Training Courses

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The sessions are aimed primarily at those students who took the YBKA Microscopy Course held at the same venue last year, but we will consider candidates who have previously studied for the microscopy certificate but not taken the assessment. (This is not for beginners - please see the Introduction to Microscopy course taking place 10 July 2016)
Course dates:
April 17th - Session 1: dissection practice and preparing bee parts for mounting (removing soft tissue, decalcifying, softening, flattening plus making pollen slides, from spring flowers and honey samples). Making slides from parts prepared by course tutors.
May 15th - Session 2: making slides from bee parts prepared by students, “tricky” anatomical slides - hypopharyngeal glands, semen, trachea, everted endophallus.
June 19th - Session 3: pollen slides, from summer flowers. Nosema analysis, Q&A diseases. Discussion.

Start 9.30am, finish 4pm

Fee £45

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The aim is to provide coaching in reading the bees, proactive management, apiary hygiene and smooth, confident handling. You will get plenty of access to hives, working in small groups so that there’s practical learning for each delegate.

Students : minimum pass in BBKA Basic, or two full seasons managing your own bees. Freshly laundered bee suit, clean footwear and disposable gloves essential. Maximum 6 students in the session.

Dates: This one day course is available on either the 7th May, 17th May and 18th June 2016

Location: Canterbury

Fee: £25

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A foundation 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. The emphasis will be on queen rearing within normal husbandry methods. This course can provide the foundation to more advanced and larger scale queen rearing. Hand-outs will be available.

Location: Mann Lake UK, Bridge, Canterbury

Fee: £15

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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

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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

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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?