EDUCATION

Wiltshire's local association’s bee keeping associations all run a variety of bee keeping courses from time to time. A number of WBKA also run or deliver bee keeping courses in a personal capacity.

Courses for the public or beginners. Please look at your local association website for details of a course near you.

An Introduction to Beekeeping

If you are interested in discovering what beekeeping is all about, perhaps to take it up as a hobby, or simply want to know more about honey bees and beekeeping then this course is for you. The aim of this one-day course is to provide attendees with a good understanding of:

  • what a honey bee colony is,

  • that a beekeeper is only a guardian of honey bee colonies and involves responsibilities,

  • what a honey bee colony is,

  • that a beekeeper is only a guardian of honey bee colonies and involves responsibilities,

  • what it is like to inspect a hive with hands-on experience (subject to weather), and

  • what is involved in taking up beekeeping

Starting Beekeeping
  • This course is intended for people who have decided they do want to start beekeeping. A pre-requisite is that you should have attended an introductory course on what beekeeping is about, or already had some hands-on experience with inspecting honey bee colonies and have read much about bee keeping. The aim of this course is to provide attendees with enough knowledge and experience to start keeping honey bees with confidence and success. The course will consist of four 3-hour sessions:

  • Lifecycle of the honey bee, rules of colony inspection and kit for inspecting colonies,
  • Hives, frames, bee-space and swarm management,
  • Identification and management of diseases and pests,
  • Choosing your apiary site, health & safety issues, and other guidance for starting bee keeping.

Each session will include hands-on experience with inspecting colonies and handling bees (subject to weather conditions)..

Additional Beekeeping Skills

Special training and demonstration sessions can be provided on honey extraction and wax processing. Please ask if you have a particular need for some other beekeeping skill.

Basic Beekeeping Certificate Study Group

The Study Group meets during winter months to help established beekeepers (who have kept bees for at least 12 months) prepare for the BBKA Certificate in Basic Beekeeping. All established beekeepers are encouraged to gain this certificate.

BBKA Module Support Group

Beekeepers who have gained the Basic Beekeeping Certificate are encouraged to pursue further study for the series of modules for the BBKA Intermediate and Advanced Certificates. The aim of the group is to provide support to achieve the level of study required through use of past papers.

Microscopy Group

Microscopy is a useful, interesting and fun skill for beekeepers. It is useful for identification of acarine and nosema diseases, interesting for the examination of bee anatomy and fun for the identification of pollens. The group is in its early days and welcomes those who already have some related experience. An aim of the group is to provide support to those preparing for the BBKA Microscopy Certificate.

A range of courses for improvers and the more advanced beekeeper.

Modules 1 – 8 these are the next steps in BBKA qualifications. Exams are in March and November. If anyone is interested in taking one of these modules. Applications need to be sent to Sally Wadsworth.

To book a place on any of the courses or for further details, phone Contact Ricard Oliver by phone on: 01380 812368 or e-mail: raoliver.64@gmail.com.