Beekeeping For Beginners 2017
Indoor Sessions completed for 2017
RBKA’s 2017 Beekeeping for Beginners has now ended!
This year’s course, over-subscribed and highly popular with participants, was deemed a great success. The final session consisted of making up some new frames, preparing and lighting smokers and arranging for the outdoor practical sessions. All participants, who are not yet members of RBKA, are also invited to attend the outdoor apiary sessions during the summer and the remaining indoor meetings [see Programme for further details]. Thanks to all the participants for their enthusiasm and contributions – may your frames be full and your smokers glow strong…Rhona and John.
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. This year’s course has now been completed. Details of the 2018 course will be announced early next year.
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