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RBKA Beekeeping For Beginners 2019 – Dates are confirmed!!

The Course – An Introduction to Beekeeping – for anyone who thinks they might be interested in keeping bees

The 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 dates for the 2019 course are Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March,  Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th April.

Places are limited to 15 and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  

12th December 2018 there are 7 places left on the 2019 Course…

An outline of the course is given below.

If you wish to attend please complete the application form and return with your payment to the address indicated.

The Course comprises:

  • 6 indoor sessions held in Oswaldkirk Village Hall (YO62 5XZ) from 7- 9pm on Wednesdays
  • 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 2019 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

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 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.