RBKA Beekeeping For Beginners 2020
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 further over the last few years 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.
Contact the Secretary of RBKA for further details.
An outline of the course is given below.
The Course comprises:
- 6 indoor sessions held in Oswaldkirk Village Hall (YO62 5XZ) from 7- 9pm on Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March, Tuesday 31st March and Monday April 6th 2020 [note the last two dates are to be confirmed]
- 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
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
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 last session involved practical work making up brood and super frames as well as trying to set the Village Hall alight with smokers.
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 email@example.com . 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
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.