Education and Training

BEEKEEPING COURSES 

 

PLEASE NOTE - BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

The following Sessions and Courses are normally run by the Association. These are in response to demand and may vary according to that and our own limited resources. If you are interested, please e-mail or talk to the relevant contact person as shown against each course to get further details and register your intention. 

 

1. TASTER SESSIONS

Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside a hive? Are you looking for something different to give a friend, or loved one who has an interest in bees and beekeeping as a gift?  We provide a two hour ‘Taster Session’ that will give the participant an insight into the world of the honeybee and beekeeping. You will be able to look at a Hive, find out about the Honeybee Lifecycle and put on a Beekeeping suit to look into a Live Hive and watch the Honeybees at work. 

 

To book a taster session or for more information please email tasters@wnklba.co.uk


2. INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING.

This course is run over the winter when the Theory aspects of keeping bees are taught and then followed by practical sessions in the following Spring and early Summer at the Association Apiary. The aim is to bring newcomers to the basic standard necessary to have their first hive(s). The cost is from £100 per person and this includes the training material.

 

Contact Lee Chapman on email at beginners@wnklba.co.uk 

3. IMPROVERS COURSE
This is open to Association members only who have done the Beginners course and is designed to take members to the point where they can gain their BBKA Basic Certificate in Beekeeping. There is no charge for this course.


Contact Venetia Rist on e-mail at improvers@wnklba.co.uk

 

 

WNKLBA Training Calendar 2019

 

WNKLBA Beginners’ Course 2019

Date

Time

Location

Content

22 Mar

7-9 PM

Necton Community Centre

Theory

29 Mar

7-9 PM

Necton Community Centre

Theory

5 Apr

7-9 PM

Necton Community Centre

Theory

26 Apr

7-9 PM

Necton Community Centre

Theory

28 Apr

1-3PM

Rougham Apiary – PE32 2SJ

Practical

5 May

12-2 PM

109 Sutton Rd, Walpole Cross Keys. PE34 4HE

Practical. Immediately following Beekeepers’ Car Boot Sale: 10:30AM – 12PM

12 May

10:30AM – 3PM

Necton Community Centre

Training Day – Improving Bee Health

19 May

1–3PM

Rougham Apiary – PE32 2SJ

Practical

2 Jun

1-3 PM

Rougham Apiary – PE32 2SJ

Practical

Non members who are attending the beginners' course are also elegible to attend the following members' training days

Date

Time

Event

Location

10 Aug

3:30pm

Demo - Treatment and Winter Preparation of Hives

Rougham Apiary

PE32 2SJ

6 Oct

12-3PM

Practical - Cleaning Up the Apiary, prepairing equiptment for winter storage.

Rougham Apiary

PE32 2SJ

14 Dec

12-2:00

Demo Winter Treatments

Rougham Apiary

PE32 2SJ

 

 
 

 

WNKLBA Improvers’ Course 2019

Date

Time

Location

Content

7 Mar

7-9 PM

Necton Community Centre

Theory

14 Mar

7-9 PM

Necton Community Centre

Theory

16 Mar

2-4 PM

Rougham Apiary – PE32 2SJ

Practical

27 Apr

2-4 PM

Rougham Apiary – PE32 2SJ

Practical

12 May

10:30AM – 3PM

Necton Community Centre

Training Day – Improving Bee Health

25 May

2-4PM

Rougham Apiary – PE32 2SJ

Practical

15 Jun

2-4 PM

Rougham Apiary – PE32 2SJ

Practical

13 Jul

2-4 PM

Rougham Apiary – PE32 2SJ

Practical

 

 

 

 

For any other queries please contact the Education Co-ordinator Venetia Rist at improvers@wnklba.co.uk

 

GETTING STARTED

In summary you will need .... some knowledge, some equipment, an inquisitive mind and a few hours a week during the season (late March to September). As with many animals if you leave them alone they will die but if you look after them they will reward you with lots of honey and a wonderful sense of satisfaction too. Probably the best way to get started is to attend one of our Taster Sessions  If you join our association, which we hope you will, you will get insurance (public and product liability), a year book with lots of useful articles and a list of beekeepers in your area, and a newsletter which provides useful contacts, equipment and bees for sale and details of meetings.

 

Here is your first year in beekeeping

 

DURING THE WINTER:

› Go to lectures and meetings of your local branch. 
 Attend any courses you can find. 
› Read, using the library of your association and your local library. We suggest two of the books to read are "Guide to Bees and Honey" by Ted Hooper and "Beekeeping a Seasonal Guide" by Ron Brown. 
 Take a beekeeping journal 
 Find a site for keeping your bees, your garden may not be suitable. 

IN THE SPRING and SUMMER

› Buy, from a Beekeeper in your association if you can, a 4 frame nucleus with a young queen. Ask for bees that are quiet and easy to handle. With your nucleus you will gain, experience, confidence and manual skills. You are unlikely to have swarming problems. Your bees will be on 10 or 11 frames by July. 
 Feed your bees ready for winter. 

NEXT WINTER:

› Make or buy two more hives. 


IN THE FOLLOWING SPRING:

 Increase your bees to two stocks by making an Artificial Swarm. 
 Collect a Swarm. 

By the end of the season you will have three good stocks, experience and a crop of honey.

With Acknowledgment to RON BROWN of Devon

Examinations and Qualifications in Beekeeping

Choosing equipment

Things you should know before buying second hand equipment This is a link to an excellent site for beginners

Books and Videos

Recommended reading for the beginner and reference books too; Full Details.
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