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Are you interested in bees or beekeeping?
 Would you like to know more? 
West Wiltshire Beekeepers Association
are running a 
BEEKEEPING COURSE
FOR
BEGINNERS 

starting on
Tuesday 23rd February 2016
7.30pm
for six weeks 
If you would like to know more
please contact
Geraldine Lenert (WWBKA Secretary)  01380 870229 or geraldine19@uwclub.net

We hold meetings monthly during the winter months at the Methodist Church hall, Station Road, Westbury.

Methodist Church Hall


Summer training sessions are held, fortnightly from the end of April each year (see calendar below for actual dates), at the branch apiary which is located below the White Horse at Town Farm, Bratton Road, Westbury.

Branch Apiary


Any queries on meetings or apiary visits email Geraldine Lenert.

 West Wiltshire Beekeepers

Basic Beekeeping &

Advancement Study Group

2016

The aim of this group is to work through the syllabus for the BBKA Basic Assessment in an informal, participating format.

Open to any beekeeper who has completed their first year as a beekeeper with bees, or any more experienced beekeepers wanting to refresh/further their knowledge up to this standard.

At the end of the 6 session course + one practical session with the Branch Bees, I hope all will take the assessment, but it is not essential.

11th February to 17th March on Thursdays at Tesco Trowbridge community room starting at 7pm for 2 hours.

Last year 12 members signed up 8 passed 2 with credits. In my opinion the others would have passed,( but perhaps they will defer to this year).

If you are interested please Email me  chris.rawlings@blueyonder.co.uk

Cost will be minimal approx. £2 per session.

Please book early

Group co-ordinator

 Chris Rawlings 01225 344258

chris.rawlings@blueyonder.co.uk


West Wiltshire Beekeepers

 

During the season a variety of procedures will be carried out  at the apiary.

These will include:

  • Queen marking/ clipping   and keeping hive records
  • Testing for varroa levels
  • Changing brood combs: new for old
  • Changing a brood box
  • Swarm control / making a nucleus
  • Shook swarm
  • Clearing bees and taking honey
  • Extraction of honey
  • Feeding colonies

Due to unknowns: the weather and the bees themselves, we will start in April with Queen marking and hive records and also testing for varroa levels.

There will be opportunity for people to experience manipulating bees and learn from others at the social period after the hives have been attended.