RBKA Beekeeping For Beginners 2020 – COURSE IS FULL!!

The Course – An Introduction to Beekeeping

For anyone who thinks they might be 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 will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Course for 2020 is now FULLY subscribed!

If you are still interested, we can put you on a waiting list in case any of this year’s participants drop out. You will also automatically be placed on the Course list for 2021!

To register an interest for this option, please contact  the Secretary RBKA.

The 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

Course Summary:
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 Basic Results

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 has now been Completed!!

The 2019 Beekeeping for Beginners Course has now finished.

The last session involved practical work making up brood and super frames as well as trying to set the Village Hall alight with smokers.

Many thanks to the participants for their commitment and enthusiasm. We hope to see you all at our future meetings!


BBKA Basic Assessment and other Training Options – UPDATE

The syllabus may be seen at this on the BBKA website  and we now have further information from YBKA. If you are a member of RBKA and are interested in more information, or already know about it and want to take on the challenge, contact Rhona on . A summary of the process has been made available by the Elaine Robinson, Education Officer at YBKA, and maybe downloaded by following this link Basic assessment process 2019.

There is also information on other courses and qualifications that are open to members.

Bee Life Cycle

This is a National Geographic life-cycle video.  It’s well worth watching – come to the Course and find out more!.

 Beginners’ Beekeeping 2018

Martin just loves beekeeping…

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…

Other Training Opportunities

The British Bee Keeping Association [BBKA] has a range of training opportunities.