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Upcoming Events & Training Courses

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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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

On line booking form Click HERE

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

To Book: www.ksrcbees.org.uk or Email

SUSSEX BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION – Annual Festival of Bees incorporating Bee Market. Heathfield Community College, TN21 8RJ. Trade and other stands; Auction of Bees and Equipment; Lecture; Demonstrations; Refreshments. Details at www.sussexbeefestival.org.uk or from Harold Cloutt 01424 838302 info@sussexbeefestival.org.uk

Beekeeping Taster Afternoons - Garden Organic, Wolston, Warwickshire
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Commencing at 12.30pm and going through to 4.30pm, the event will be held at the Coventry Branch Training Apiary at Ryton Organic, near Wolston in Warwickshire.
Our team of experienced beekeepers will provide participants with a great taste of what is involved in being a beekeeper.
The programme for the afternoon will be;
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Two group sessions which will cover the many different aspects of beekeeping, including:
• the beekeeping year
• setting up an apiary
• Bee Behaviour and the role of the Beekeeper.
• the equipment required
• How honey is extracted and then processed ready for sale.
Then the afternoon will culminate in a hands-on experience of opening up Beehives and looking inside at what the bees are doing.
At the end of the afternoon participants will be given a ‘Goody Bag’ of honey, wax and items of Beekeeping things.  A Certificate of Attendance will also be given to participants.
• full length protective bee suits will be provided.
• we request that you bring along your wellies or boots that protect the ankles.
• you should wear a long-sleeved top and stout trousers
The attendance fee for the Taster Session is £45 and places are limited to 20 people.  
Any person under the age of 18 on the day must be accompanied by an Adult for the whole afternoon.
For more information or to book a place please go to this website.
http://www.covbeebranch.co.uk/training/taster-day/





Registration starts at 9am for a prompt 9.30am start. The morning will be spent in the apiary classroom learning about the honey bee colony, legislation, the beekeeping year and set up costs. After lunch, and weather permitting we will go out into the apiary to open and inspect the hives.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be served - please let us know of any dietary requirements.
We will provide protective bee suits and gloves but we ask that you wear long, light coloured trousers that can be tucked into wellies or similar boots. Do not apply perfumes or aftershaves.
We have a supply of anti histamine tablets and cream in case of stings - but please let us know if you have any particular allergy. You are welcome to bring your own brand of these if you prefer. We hope you will not be stung but cannot guarantee this -  all part of the joys of beekeeping! 
We aim to finish the day at around 4pm and hope that this day will provide you with an overview of the cost, commitments and legislation required to keeping bees safely and responsibly. 
Following on,for those who are keen to pursue this hobby we will be running a 10 week theory and a practical season of beekeeping course in 2017 which will provide you with the necessary expertise to get started..
£40
To Book/Enquire please email

A two day course with Maurice Field, Master Beekeeper. From 0930 to 1530. Topics covered will include:

- Beekeeping Today, Responsibilities, Resources
- The Honey Bee
- Hives, Equipment and Costs
- The Apiary
- Managing Honey Bee Colonies
- Diseases, Pests and Legislation
- Extracting Honey
- Information, Help and Support

Fee £198

To Book contact: email or Tel: 01424 830357

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: Maidstone

Fee: £15.00

To Book - go to www.ksrcbees.org.uk

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

To Book Go To: www.ksrcbees.org.uk

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

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?