Beekeeping For Beginners

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.

Course Summary:
Session 1     
Introduction to Bees   
Origin and variety of Honeybees and other bees – The Colony – Anatomy and life cyclebee-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