For anyone who thinks they might
interested in keeping bees
This extremely popular and successful course is based around the BBKA Course in a Case and has been developed, over the last few years we have
been running it, to incorporate the latest developments in beekeeping. It includes practical and outdoor work, for those who wish to do it.
The Course is limited to 15 participants and places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
To register an interest for 2021, please contact the Secretary RBKA.
The 2020 Course comprises:
- 6 indoor sessions held in Oswaldkirk Village Hall (YO62 5XZ) from:
7- 9pm on Wednesday March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and April 1st and Thursday April 2nd
- An Outdoor open-hive session will be arranged at the last indoor session
- In addition participants are invited to attend all/any of RBKA’s 2020 indoor and outdoor meetings
- The tutor is Dr Rhona Sutherland with assistance from other Ryedale beekeepers
- Price is £40.00, including refreshments at the indoor sessions and 1 year’s Associate membership of RBKA
Session 1 Introduction to Bees Origin and variety of Honeybees and other bees – The Colony – Anatomy and life cycle
Session 2 The Hive and Beekeeping equipment History of Beekeeping – Structure of modern hives – Beekeeping Equipment
Session 3 The Beekeeping Year Changes in the Colony through the year – Colony management and record keeping – Swarming and its control
Session 4 Pests and diseases Healthy Bees . Possible Pests – Brood diseases – Chalk brood, Foul Broods – Adult bee
diseases – Nosema, Acarine and Varroa – Possible future pests – Small hive beetle and Asiatic Hornet
Session 5 Hive products Sources of Pollen and Nectar – Honey Extraction – Microscopic observation of bees and
Session 6 Practical session Making up frames – Lighting smokers – Tasting honey – Next Steps – Organising Apiary sessions. Discussing sources of equipment, help and information
Bee Life Cycle
This is a National Geographic life-cycle video. It’s well worth watching – come to the Course and find out more!.
BBKA Basic Assessment and other Training Options
There is also information on other courses and qualifications that are open to members.
Congratulations to Rick Colman, Kay Stevens and Simon Lathlean on gaining their Bee Basic beekeeping qualifications from BBKA.
Especially well done to Rick and Kay, who who passed with a Credit!
Beekeeping for Beginners 2019
The last session involved practical work making up brood and super frames as well as trying to set the Village Hall alight with smokers.
Beekeeping for Beginners 2018
The apiary visits by those on the course in 2018 have now been completed and some fine photos of one of these sessions are available courtesy of Polly Baldwin who attended this year’s course and is also a professional photographer! Follow the link to see her pictures…Practical and Open Hive sessions – RBKA Training Course 2018
Some of Polly’s Pictures from one of the hive sessions, after the course…