Workshops & Seminars 
(listed in alphabetical order by main tutor’s surname)


Level:
A
= All, including non-beekeepers
B = Beginners
I = Intermediates
S = Seniors

 

Marin Anastasov NDB developed his initial beekeeping knowledge and skills while studying towards a BSc in Animal Science, later completing an MSc in Organic Farming at Aberdeen University. He is passionate about sustainable food production and his entire career has been in organic food and farming. He has kept bees for over 20 years and currently manages 30 colonies in Gloucestershire. Marin is a Master Beekeeper and gained his NDB in 2017. He is Trustee of Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association and serves on the BBKA Examinations Board. Marin is co-author and led the implementation of the BBKA Certificate in Honey Bee Breeding.

I  Pollen Identification – Marin Anastasov and Lynfa Davies
CW12: Friday 8 April 13.30 – 16.30 ECG1 (Elizabeth Creak Laboratories) £35
This workshop is aimed at the intermediate level beekeepers, who have had some experience in working with compound microscopes. The participants will have an opportunity to use pollen from flowers and prepare reference slides for further examination and comparison. We will also explore the variety of pollen features and the terminology used to describe and identify the pollen grains. If you have a copy of “Pollen Identification for beekeepers” by Sawyer please bring it along.

S  How to Graft – Marin Anastasov
CW20: Saturday 9 April 10.00 – 12.00 WG3 (Weston) £18
Grafting is the most commonly used method of queen rearing and it is practised widely around the world. This workshop is aimed at the advanced level beekeepers who are interested in queen rearing and improving their grafting skills. The workshop will provide the participants with the background information and practical skills to select suitable larvae for grafting and transfer into queen cups, using a variety of grafting tools. The workshop will be particularly beneficial to those looking to gain the BBKA Advanced Husbandry Certificate or the BBKA Honey Bee Breeding Certificate.

I  Introduction to the BBKA Honey Bee Breeding Certificate – Marin Anastasov
CW42: Sunday 10 April 12.30 – 14.30 WF1 (Weston) £Free
During 2017, the BBKA Examinations Board introduced the Certificate in honey bee breeding, and was added to the portfolio of beekeeping assessments in 2018. This workshop is aimed at the intermediate level beekeepers, who are interested in queen rearing and honey bee breeding and are potential candidates for this qualification. We will discover the rationale behind this Certificate, the content of the syllabus, the format of the assessment, as well as what future candidates need to do, to prepare and be successful in taking this assessment. Honey bee pedigrees, kinship, queen rearing timetable and common methods of queen rearing will also be discussed.

Richard Bond took up beekeeping in 2010. Since then, he has achieved all modules except 5 and 8 as well as Advanced husbandry, and Microscopy. He is currently Chair of HRBKA and on the Committee of Darlington BKA. Richard was elected to the BBKA Executive in 2020 and is currently Chair of the Research Technical and Environment committee. He and Shirley keep about 20 colonies and are heavily involved with training beekeepers.

I  Running the Association Apiary - Richard Bond
CW16: Friday 8 April 15.00 - 16.00 TG5 (Teaching Block) £Free
A workshop exploring the purpose of the Association Apiary, building one and then using it. Some suggested practices for hygiene and risk mitigation will be presented but the workshop will be a dialogue between participants, led by the tutor, in order to maximise the value of an Apiary to the Association. It would be useful if participants could bring copies of their association apiary rules and any other pertinent documents.

Shirley Bond is a Master Beekeeper and a member of the BBKA Exam Board. Shirley and Richard are both involved with teaching beekeeping and associated skills in their local associations and have given workshops around the region. They have kept bees since 2010 and have never traded in any wax. They are passionate about making the most of wax and have won prizes for wax and candles at local, regional and national levels.

A Comb to Candle – Shirley Bond (Assisted by Richard Bond) 
CW8: Friday 8 April 10.00 – 12.00 E207 (Meet Teaching Block Foyer) £18
CW22: Saturday 9 April 10.00 – 12.00 E207 (Meet Teaching Block Foyer) £18
BEESWAX THANKS TO ABELO
Wear old clothes or overalls – wax is difficult to remove from fabrics.
This workshop will take you from raw wax or comb to refined wax suitable for many purposes including making candles. Temperature control and the safe processing of wax will be covered. The importance of wick selection will be discussed and you will prepare wick for use. You will also learn the all important technique of finishing candles for sale or show. Each participant will produce a moulded and a rolled candle to take home.

S  Advanced Candle Making Techniques - Shirley Bond (Assisted by Richard Bond) CW:41 Sunday 10 April 10.00 - 12.00 E207 (Meet Teaching Block Foyer) £18
BEESWAX THANKS TO ABELO
Wear old clothes or overalls - wax is difficult to remove from fabrics.
This workshop will revise wax processing and emphasise the importance of safety and temperature control. You will learn how to choose and prepare candle-wick, and how to produce a traditional beeswax candle by dipping. You will also make a two coloured candle by moulding. Each participant will have two of their own candles to take home. We will also demonstrate some of the qualities that judges look for in show candles.

Julie Coleman has kept bees for 20 years and runs 12-20 hives in two apiaries. She worked as an environmental microbiologist for 30 years before teaching microbiology and biology in Further and Higher Education. She passed the Microscopy Assessment in 2016 and has since trained as an assessor for both the Basic and General Husbandry assessments. She became a Master Beekeeper in 2017.

B Preparing for the BBKA Basic Assessment - Julie Coleman
CW10: Friday 8 April 12.30 - 14.30 WG3 (Weston) £Free
CW25: Saturday 9 April 12.00 - 14.00 WF1 (Weston) £Free
The aim of this course is to help prepare for the Basic Assessment. It will include an overview of the syllabus and a step by step narrative of the assessment itself with typical questions asked by assessors. Participants will need to have a full season’s beekeeping experience prior to undertaking this course.

I  Introduction to the BBKA Microscopy Assessment - Julie Coleman
CW39: Sunday 10 April 10.00 - 12.00 WG3 (Weston) £Free
This seminar will introduce the BBKA microscopy assessment syllabus, the knowledge and preparation required by the candidates as well as what to expect on the day of the assessment. We will look at equipment needed and examples of good and bad slide preparation and reasons for success and failure. Participants should be familiar with the use of microscopes but are not expected to be experts at slide preparation or dissection. This seminar will fit well with other practical workshops that will give potential candidates hands on experience.

Lynfa Davies NDB has been keeping bees with her husband Rob for approximately 16 years. She has 30 hives in and around her home near Aberystwyth. She is a Master Beekeeper and in 2019 achieved the National Diploma in Beekeeping qualification. She enjoys sharing information with beekeepers to help them to learn the skills and knowledge that contribute towards successful beekeeping.

B Comb Management for Healthy Bees - Lynfa Davies
CW33: Saturday 9 April 15.00 - 16.30 WG3 (Weston) £Free
The workshop will provide practical advice on how to ensure your bees are working on clean, fresh comb. We will discuss the importance of regular comb changes and the options for achieving this including demonstrations of the Bailey comb change and a shook swarm (without bees!). We will also look at the conditions and resources that bees need to build comb to enable you to work with your bees and provide the optimum conditions for quick, uniform comb production. No equipment is required – just bring a notebook.

Tori Davies has been teaching First Aid for 12 years and Food Safety for 15 years and as she is also a beekeeper she understands the pitfalls and needs of apiarists. She is an enthusiastic teacher who loves teaching these courses to beekeepers and bee farmers.

A Emergency First Aid Certificate Level 2 - Tori Davies
CW4: Friday 8 April 10.00 - 16.30 WF2 (Weston) £50
It is becoming increasingly important to have qualified first aiders in Association apiaries and this workshop is based around the role of the beekeeper and beekeeping in particular. Participants will sit an assessment at the end of the day and, if successful, will be awarded a First Aid Certificate which lasts three years. The content will cover the responsibilities of a first aider and being able to assess an incident. Topics such as anaphylaxis, shock, choking, external bleeding, minor injuries etc will be covered.

A Food Safety Certificate in Manufacturing Level 2 (QNUK) – Tori Davies
CW19: Saturday 9 April 10.00 – 16.30 WF2 (Weston) £50
This course, which will result in a level 2 Award in Food Safety, following successful completion of a multiple choice examination. If you sell your honey then it is advisable to have this qualification, which is renewable every three years. The course will cover such topics as: The importance of food safety procedures: how to report food safety hazards: the legal responsibilities of food handlers: the importance of effective personal hygiene practices in food safety: how to keep the work area and equipment clean and tidy: the importance of safe waste disposal, and pest control: the sources and risk to food safety from contamination and cross-contamination: how to deal with food spoilage: safe food handling practices and procedures: the importance of temperature controls: and stock control procedures. The whole course is based around the role of the beekeeper and beekeeping in particular.

John Goodwin runs between 20 to 30 colonies in a number of apiaries throughout Cheshire. He operates an apiary migration to various crops including: OSR, phacelia, buckwheat and heather. He is a BBKA National Honey Judge and a BBKA Honey Judge Assessor. In a normal year he judges at between 10 and 15 honey shows as well as exhibiting at a number of shows himself. He is the author of the recently published book: “Honey Show Classes”.

Stuart Roberts is a Master Beekeeper, having kept bees for 12 years. He was elected to the BBKA Examination Board in 2019 and has just completed his first three year term in the role working mainly on the Show Judge Certificate syllabus and portfolio. Stuart is President of South Staffordshire & District BKA, he is also an active member of Solihull beekeepers and is part of the team that delivers their beginner training. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge and is invited to speak at BKA meetings and his articles have been published in BBKA news, BBKA special editions and the Beekeeper’s Quarterly.

I  Showing Honey – John Goodwin
CW9: Friday 8 April 12.00 – 14.00 WF1 (Weston) £Free
The honey workshop will cover the four show categories of heather, cut comb, creamed/ granulated and liquid honey. By discussion and demonstration it will be shown how to enter exhibits to win rather than just to compete, which honey to show and the preparation of that honey. Then issues such as the right packaging, hygiene and the interpretation of the schedule will also be covered.

I  Showing Wax – John Goodwin
CW28: Saturday 9 April 13.00 – 14.30 WG3 (Weston) £Free
The workshop will cover which wax to use for showing and its preparation to create wax blocks, commercial wax, candles, models, and wax flowers. There will also be a discussion and demonstration of how to win, focussing on mould release, finishing the blocks for showing and discussion on the interpretation of the show schedule.

S  BBKA Show Judge Certificate - John Goodwin & Stuart Roberts
CW44: Sunday 10 April 12.30 - 14.30 WG3 (Weston) £Free
This workshop will cover the experience required prior to the application for the portfolio booklet and the journey of learning and passing the assessments afterwards. Topics covered will include the skills needed prior to starting the portfolio, the need to find shows that cover all the categories needed to pass the final assessment, and how to gain experience of stewarding with the national assessment judges etc. The workshop format will consist of PowerPoint presentations and interactive participation and discussion with the delegates.

Mark Hall BEM is Grounds Manager at Harper Adams University, where he has worked for 36 years. He learnt hedge laying in the early 1980s and since then has been laying hedges every year. He became involved with teaching hedge laying about 10 years ago and since then has delivered more than 30 courses, to a wide range of different people. Hedge laying is very relaxing and rewarding once the skills have been learnt and confidence gained. There is no better job than being outside on a sunny frosty morning laying a hedge with nature all around.

A Hedge Laying – Mark Hall
CW1: Friday 8 April 10.00 – 14.30 Meet at Facc Recep £30
This workshop will aim to look at the different types and styles of hedge laying, and why it is so important to maintain our hedges. A large part of this course will be hands on from making the lays to staking, binding and finishing, that makes a well laid hedge stand out. Gloves and safety equipment where needed will be supplied, but as this is an outdoor event you will need to come prepared for the weather, good boots are essential.

John Hendrie is the Moderator for the BBKA Examinations Board and has been a member for many years having been the Board secretary from 1991 to 2006. He has kept and managed honey bees for more than 50 years and achieved his BBKA Master Beekeeper certificate in 1986 and has been heavily involved in beekeeping education ever since, running courses and lecturing widely in the United Kingdom and Ireland on bees and beekeeping.

I  Preparing for BBKA Module 3 - John Hendrie
CW5: Friday 8 April 10.00 - 12.00 WG3 (Weston) £Free
This workshop will cover the BBKA Module 3 syllabus, looking at the main areas of study and knowledge required. He will look at past papers, and ways of answering them, and also cover exam technique – something that sometimes lets down even the most accomplished student. Module 3 is an interesting and useful module to take which will greatly improve your knowledge and management of your bees.

I  Preparing for BBKA General Husbandry – John Hendrie
CW26: Saturday 9 April 12.00 – 14.00 TG5 (Teaching Block) £Free
This will cover how the assessment is conducted and what is expected of the candidates in each of the sections. Depending on the time available the requirements of the individual tasks will be explained.

I  BBKA Certificate in Honey Bee Health - John Hendrie
CW45: Sunday 10 April 12.30 - 14.30 WG4 (Weston) £Free
This assessment is specifically designed for those who have only a few hives and is similar to the Basic in that it is held in a local apiary but unlike the General Husbandry, does not use the candidates’ own bees. It concentrates on handling techniques and various aspects of health and disease. Depending on the time available the requirements of the individual tasks will be explained.

Tom Howes is a Harper Adams University graduate and has been employed by the University since 2019. His current role is as a technician and research assistant, providing technical and vehicle support for a wide range of engineering projects (student and industry) with a large variety of agricultural vehicles and similar equipment.

A Trailer Reversing – Tom Howes
CW17: Saturday 9 April 10.00 – 12.30 Meet at Faccenda Reception £30
This is an introduction to trailer reversing for beginners. Many beekeepers use trailers to transport equipment or take hives to the heather and here is an opportunity to learn how to reverse efficiently and in style. Stout shoes and overalls / close fitting clothes are required.

Luke & Suzie Hutchinson are both founders and directors of Northumberland Honey Company, running around 150 colonies, raising 2-3,000 queens per year and delivering places for the Bee Farmers’ Association apprenticeship scheme, with currently two apprentices. Suzie has a background in science, gaining a BSc, MRES and PhD in molecular nutrition. They developed the UK’s first traditional method of making Sparkling Mead.

A Queen Rearing & Breeding on a Commercial Level - Luke & Suzie Hutchinson
CW15: Friday 8 April 15.00 - 16.00 WG3 (Weston) £Free
This workshop will cover all elements of queen rearing on a commercial scale and the efforts we go to in bee breeding and how to achieve a better bee. Suitable for beginners through to advanced.

A A Journey Through UK Mead – Luke & Suzie Hutchinson
CW18: Saturday 9 April 10.00 – 11.30 WF1 (Weston) £10
CW32: Saturday 9 April 14.30 - 16.00WF1 (Weston) £10
With mead enjoying a resurgence in popularity, join Luke and Suzie of Northumberland Honey Co to explore what is happening in the mead sector in the UK. Beekeepers and mead makers, Luke and Suzie established Northumberland Honey Co in 2015, with the purpose of elevating the profile of the honey bee, and producing a Champagne equivalent – traditional method ‘Sparkling Mead’. In this workshop you will explore making mead and get to chat with Luke and Suzie about anything from making mead to keeping bees on a hobby or commercial scale. Refreshingly you will also get to try 6-8 varieties of mead. (If driving, there will be a spittoon on hand, or small sized samples!)

Lynne Ingram NDB has kept bees for over 30 years, and runs 25 – 30 colonies in Somerset. She is a Master beekeeper, has recently gained the National Diploma in Beekeeping, and is an examiner for the modules and practical assessments. Lynne is heavily involved in educating beekeepers in Somerset, now running study groups via Zoom, and curating the popular Somerset Lockdown Lecture series. She is the chair of the Honey Authentic Network (HAN UK).

B Improving your Handling Skills and Reading the Colony - Lynne Ingram
CW35: Saturday 9 April 15.00 - 16.30 TG5 (Teaching Block) £Free
This workshop is aimed at early years beekeepers, and at those who have attended a beginners’ course but have not had many (or any) practical sessions because of Covid. We will look at (and try out) some handling skills, and also how to ‘read’ your bees. We will not be working with live bees.

I  All About Nosema - Lyne Ingram
CW37: Sunday 10 April 10.00 - 11.30 WF1 (Weston) £Free
Two Nosema species have been identified in Honey bees in the UK – Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. Both are parasitic microsporidian pathogens. This workshop will look at all aspects of Nosema – what it is, what is the impact of Nosema on your bees, how to diagnose it, and what to do about it if you find it.

Angela Kirk has kept bees for about six years and is passionate about making and repairing and minimising waste, especially when her bees work so hard. She has a degree in Graphic Design and has been making wraps for several years now and runs wrap workshops both for her local association and privately, usually with a tot or two of home made mead. She is also a keen wax crafter and mead maker, vegetable gardener and has been making ferments of all sorts for many years.

A Wax Wraps - Angela Kirk
CW11: Friday 8 April 13.00 -14.30 E207 (Meet Teaching Block Foyer) £15
CW29: Saturday 9 April 13.00 - 14.30 E207 (Meet Teaching Block Foyer) £15
Beeswax courtesy of Abelo
Wax wraps are very popular and really useful for wrapping cheese, packed lunches and topping containers. They can be a bit tricky to make but I will guide you through two different methods. We will make two wax wraps in different ways, the iron method and the oven method and you can take them home with you. No previous experience is needed. Learn about different types of wrap and their pros and cons. You may want to bring an apron or old clothing. Everything else supplied.

A Honey Ferments - Angela Kirk
CW34: Saturday 9 April 15.00 - 16.30 E207 (Meet Teaching Block Foyer) £10
Honey ferments are a simple and delicious way of preserving all sorts of foods, such as garlic, ginger, turmeric and chilli. You can then use both the food and the honey syrup in your cooking. I love them in soups or on my porridge or yoghurt and the ginger with a little whiskey goes extremely well. This course is for beginners with no previous experience, we will make two or three honey ferments, with your own honey, please bring a jar (about a pound but less or more is ok too) of your honey (or purchased from a local beekeeper), any type, set or runny and two sterile empty honey jars of similar size with lids. You may want to bring an apron or old clothing. Everything else supplied.

Dr Jane Medwell learnt beekeeping from her mother in the 1970s- then learnt it all over again in the 1990s, when she set up her own apiaries. She is a Master Beekeeper, BBKA Examiner, trainer and Chair of Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers.

Alex Wray is a third-generation beekeeper who has learnt hive management the practical way. He takes an interest in the science of beekeeping, when he is not doing all the heavy beekeeping work for the rest of the family!

B Simple Swarm Control - Jane Medwell and Alex Wray
CW24: Saturday 9 April 10.00 - 11.30 TG8 (Teaching Block) £Free
Swarm control is the biggest challenge for the novice beekeeper. This seminar will focus on tried and trusted methods of swarm control: the artificial swarm and making up a nucleus. We will go through the steps and variations of these processes, examine why these processes prevent large colonies from swarming and keep them producing honey. Come prepared to discuss!

I  Advanced Swarm Control - Jane Medwell and Alex Wray
CW36: Saturday 9 April 15.00 - 16.30 TG8 (Teaching Block) £Free
Effective swarm control remains a challenge for all beekeepers because different beekeeping goals demand different techniques. This workshop will consider how a range of different methods of swarm control can address a range of beekeeping goals, times of year, apiary configurations and forage conditions. We will discuss how we can adapt techniques for each setting to make our apiary management as efficient as possible.

S  Education and Training Other Beekeepers – Jane Medwell and Alex Wray CW43: Sunday 10 April 12.30 – 14.30 WF2 (Weston) £Free
Beekeeper education aims to improve handling skills, deepen knowledge and share experience. This workshop will examine the challenges presented by the needs of the very wide range of beekeepers. We will share successful strategies used in education and training in many beekeeping situations and review safety issues and successful teaching techniques. The workshop aims to develop trainers’ confidence and teaching skills, so that training promotes the development of best practice and high standards of bee husbandry. The workshop is suited to beekeepers with some experience and you should come prepared to talk to others.

Jenny Morgan worked in science education for thirty years in the UK and Botswana and became a BBKA Trustee in 2021. She has kept twenty colonies for eleven years and is now a Master Beekeeper. She has spent a lot of time helping new and intermediate beekeepers improve their beekeeping knowledge and also regularly gives talks to schools, scouts and other groups.

Yvonne Kilvington has kept bees for 20 years and currently manages 22 colonies in the Colne Valley and surrounding areas. She has a passion for getting young people involved with beekeeping. Her current position is Outdoor Learning Practitioner at Ashbrow and has developed a school apiary, with the help of the children, which currently has 10 colonies. The school has been awarded BBKA Beacon School status and is for children from Early Years through to Year 6.

Alison Wakeman manages twenty colonies in the Telford area. In 2014 she realised there was a need to educate people of all ages about bees in the environment and saw a niche in the market/business opportunity. She wrote an educational programme which was initially trialled at a local primary school. Demand grew, and she has visited over 50 schools around Shropshire and the West Midlands and won an award in 2018 for the Best Educational Business in Shropshire for Young People.

A Bees and Young People - Jenny Morgan, Yvonne Kilvington & Alison Wakeman
CW30: Saturday 9 April 13.00 – 14.30 TG8 (Teaching Block) £Free
This workshop is intended to help school staff, youth workers and adult beekeepers or Branches who wish to work more closely with local schools or other youth groups. Jenny, Yvonne and Alison will describe their different experiences of educating youngsters about bees. It will be very much a “this is how we did it “ and “this is what we do” workshop. We will answer your questions, give ideas and advice particularly, but not exclusively, on the sticky points like health and safety, funding, dealing with parents etc.

Alan and Tricia Nelson are both Master Beekeepers with 30+ colonies spread among several apiaries in West Somerset.

I  Integrated Pest Management - Alan and Tricia Nelson
CW3: Friday 8 April 10.00 - 11.30 WF1 (Weston) £Free
CW38: Sunday 10 April 10.00 - 11.30 WF2 (Weston) £Free
Sponsored by Vita Bee Health
Healthy, locally adapted honeybees have the best chance of fighting off pests and diseases. Integrated pest management is the means by which beekeepers can assist the bees in their fight against all pathogens and especially varroa. It requires monitoring in a variety of ways, using brood breaks, and treatments at key moments. This seminar will cover all these aspects, together with an outline of varroa and common diseases.

S  Treatment-free Varroa Management - Alan and Tricia Nelson
CW23: Saturday 9 April 10.00 - 11.30 TG5 (Teaching Block) £Free
Every beekeeper’s dream, but how to get there? During the past two years we have explored with our 30 colonies various routes suggested by academics, and other beekeepers, experiencing both some of the pitfalls and some of the benefits. We will outline the approaches that we have taken, give a brief overview of recent research into varroa resistant bees, our own discoveries and discuss our plans for the coming year. This seminar is for those people who are wondering about following this route but worry about losing their bees and those who would like to share their own success stories.

Chris Park lives on an organic farm in the Vale of the White Horse. His work ranges from arts and crafts, ancient technologies, experimental archaeology, music, storytelling and therapy. He works with schools, wildlife trusts, local authorities, mental health projects, special interest groups, communities and families. He researches beekeeping heritage, folklore and history, teaches skep making and lectures to beekeeping associations. Chris keeps bees in many different types of hives and his approach is an ethical and ecological one e.g. never using chemicals, not feeding sugar, and allowing swarming. During the recent pandemic Chris has been working on a bee themed podcast Living Beeing with friends.

A Skep Making – Chris Park
CW2: Friday 8 April 10.00 – 16.00 Meet Facc. Rec to go to Beddington £60
This is a beginner’s workshop that will teach you how to make a bee-skep. Participants will make approximately one third of a skep, and take home the materials and tools and the knowhow to finish it off at home. We will be binding long straw wheat with cane lapping. How to make traditional lapping from bramble and willow will also be demonstrated. Please bring a pair of scissors and an apron/ pair of waterproof trousers.

Dr Sara Robb: After leaving academic research, Sara began formulating cosmetics with honey and beeswax. Written to comply with UK and EU cosmetic safety legislation, Sara’s formulations are available in her books published by Northern Bee Books, online (www.CPSR.buzz), and in her workshops at the National Honey Show and BBKA Spring Convention. Sara is also a cosmetic safety assessor specialising in writing Cosmetic Product Safety Reports (CPSRs) for beekeepers. Quick CPSRs are available for her recipes and bespoke CPSRs if you want to submit your own.

A Making Ayurvedic Cosmetics with Beeswax & Honey - Dr Sara Robb
CW6: Friday 8 April 10.00 - 12.30 WG4 (Weston) £18
CW21: Saturday 9 April 10.00 - 12.30 WG4 (Weston) £18
Honey and Beeswax play an important role in Ayurvedic formulations. In this workshop, you will learn the ancient wisdom of making Ayurvedic cosmetics. Dr Sara Robb will introduce a set of her own formulations, using honey, beeswax, and traditional Indian ingredients. Learn to make Ayurvedic Soap using Sara’s Same-Day Soap method (no need to cure the soap). Following the demonstration, participants will make two Ayurvedic cosmetics. Honey Gel is a simple preparation that can be used like a face serum or as a cooling body treatment. Sandalwood Balm, a blend of beeswax and coconut oil with real sandalwood, can be used as a daily moisturiser. Beekeepers will leave with Ayurvedic products made with beeswax and honey.

A New Honey & Beeswax Beauty Products - Sara Robb
CW13: Friday 8 April 13.30 - 16.00 WG4 (Weston) £18
CW31: Saturday 9 April 14.00 - 16.30 WG4 (Weston) £18
Learn to make Honey & Beeswax Beauty Products with Dr Sara Robb. Her workshop will introduce three new formulations. A demonstration will teach you to make an emollient enriched Calendula Facial Cleansing Bar, a Same-Day Soap (use it the day you make it). Attendees will make Honey Facial Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. This simple serum leaves your skin perfectly hydrated. The final product is a 2-in-1 formulation- the same recipe makes Honey Hand Cream and Beeswax Body Lotion simply by adjusting the amount of water. Quick CPSRs will be available for all three formulations. Why not add them to your product line?

A Selling Cosmetics and the Law - Dr Sara Robb
CW40: Sunday 10 April 10.00 - 12.00 WG4 (Weston) £Free
Selling cosmetics can be a source of extra income for beekeepers. Whether it is just a lip balm or a range of products, anyone who sells cosmetics is required to comply with cosmetic legislation: The UK Regulation Schedule 34 of the Product Safety and Metrology Statutory Instrument and “Cosmetics Regulation” Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. Sara will explain what you need to do to sell your products legally in the UK and/or EU. The workshop will cover putting together a Product Information File (PIF), the Responsible Person (RP), Cosmetic Product Safety Reports (CPSRs), and listing your cosmetics on the Submit Cosmetic Product Notifications (SCPN) portal.

Oliver St. John has been keeping bees for twelve years in Sussex and is the Education Co-ordinator for East Grinstead Beekeepers. He has run beekeeping courses at Plumpton College catering for all abilities for the last 7 years.

B Build Your Own Hive – Oliver St John
CW7: Friday 8 April 10.00 – 16.30 E206 (Meet Teaching Block foyer) £195
A complete National cedar hive and frames will be supplied and participants will learn how to assemble the floor, roof, brood box, supers and frames and will be able to take home a fully assembled hive at the end of the day. A comprehensive handout, full of useful information and top tips will be provided for future reference. Please bring a 16oz or 20oz claw hammer and safety glasses/goggles. (Inexpensive from Screwfix). You will need to be able to transport your new hive away at the end of the day. It cannot be stored or sent on.

Sean Stephenson is a Master Beekeeper, Chairman of Bucks BKA and, as a BBKA Assistant Moderator, a member of the BBKA Exam Board. He has supported beekeeping education in Buckinghamshire for many years. Over the last two years Sean has run a live queen rearing course and live monthly colony inspections from his home apiary via Zoom. Recently he has supported the implementation of the online version of the BBKA module exams.

BBKA Online Examinations Drop-In
Friday 8 April 10.00 - 16.00 Faccenda GS1&2
Saturday 9 April 09.00 - 16.00 Faccenda GS1&2
NB - NO BOOKING REQUIRED
In April 2021 the BBKA ran all its module exams online and subsequently candidates had a choice of taking their exams online or in person. It can be difficult to choose the method of taking an exam without first understanding the options. These drop-in sessions are running throughout Friday and Saturday and are available to anyone who wishes to try out the online exam system. There will be several workstations set up with access to a non-beekeeping mock test. You will be able to understand the whole process of registering online, accessing an exam and the tools available whilst taking the exam.

I  Introduction to BBKA Module 1 - 2022 Syllabus - Sean Stephenson
CW14: Friday 8 April 14.30 - 16.30 WF1 (Weston) £Free
The BBKA Module 1, Honey Bee Management, is the module that most beekeepers start with when studying for their theory qualifications. It is a wide-ranging syllabus that can seem daunting. With the introduction of elements of beekeeping history, the Module 1 syllabus changed more than most in 2022. This workshop will cover all aspects of the syllabus, giving an insight as to the expected depth of knowledge. The workshop will be interactive, include example questions from past papers and tips on how to study and approach the module.

Pete Sutcliffe keeps an average of 20 colonies on various sites in the Dane Valley in Cheshire. Pete is a BBKA Correspondence Course Tutor, a Basic and General Husbandry Assessor, and he has set and marked Module examinations. Having edited the Cheshire Beekeeper magazine for several years, he is presently Chair and Education Secretary of the Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association. Before lockdown he headed a beebreeding group in his locality.

B Small Scale Bee Breeding - Pete Sutcliffe
CW27: Saturday 9 April 12.00 - 13.30 TF3 (Teaching Block) £Free
The key to successful queen rearing is getting the bees to make queen cells around larvae chosen by the beekeeper. This workshop will investigate methods suitable for the small-scale beekeeper which do not involve huge outlays for equipment and are likely to produce a modest number of good quality queens. Be aware, however, that there is no easy fix for this.