Our training offering will be made available to WBKA members again this year. We aim to meet on a regular basis to allow all of our beekeepers access to the hives at our training apiary. New and not-so-new beekeepers will be able to develop experience and skills throughout the course of our meetings and the more formal BBKA examinations and assessments system. We encourage all of our beekeepers to work towards the BBKA Basic Proficiency Certificate, through a series of sessions delivered around the themes of ‘fun’ and ‘practicality’!
Special focus this year on New Beekeepers and our winter course, spring inspections and disease recognition, swarms and swarm prevention, ‘shook swarming’ and Bailey comb change, queen rearing and the BBKA Module examinations.
The British Beekeepers’ Association ‘Basic’ Proficiency Assessment takes the form of a practical exercise at a suitable apiary, where an Assessor approved by the BBKA will oversee a hive inspection conducted by the candidate. The ‘Basic’ is recognised as an ideal introduction covering the essentials of beekeeping good practices..
During a demonstration of proficiency in the essential elements of beekeeping (for example, recognition of queen, drone, worker, pollen, nectar, honey, propolis, etc.), candidates will be able to describe the characteristics of normal colony activity and signs and symptoms of disease, together with a description of a means of swarm control. Full details of the syllabus and expectations can be downloaded from the BBKA website.
Our own preparatory sessions will be offered mid-season. The emphasis is on the practical, involving weekend and evening sessions at various members’ apiaries. Coaching will be provided by Worcester beekeepers, each having undergone one or more of the BBKA assessments and examinations – the benefit of many hive-years’ experience. While the emphasis will be on building on experience and knowledge to satisfy the requirements of the syllabus, there is a focus on fun! Good for beekeepers, good for bees!
Full details of our next sessions will be published on the Home page.
The BBKA Module system will appeal to those beekeepers who may prefer the more formal examination route to qualification:
Module 1: Honey Bee Management
Module 2: Honey Bee Products & Forage
Module 3: Pest, Diseases & Poisoning
Module 4 withdrawn
Module 5: Honey Bee Biology
Module 6: Honey Bee Behaviour
Module 7: Selection & Breeding of Honey Bees
Module 8: Honey Bee Management, Health & History
We will offer study group meetings in a convivial setting, covering all aspects of the subject matter in the chosen Module.
The essentials for those starting out on this fascinating venture into the world of honeybees. We aim to cover all aspects that should be considerd by a prospective beekeeper. Equipment, beehives, bees, natural hsitory, safety and much more! Several evening sessions starting before our bees emerge in the spring, followed by some practical insights at our training apiary. (Sorry – course bookings now full).
An introduction to the principles of queen rearing, covering colony preparation, grafting, starter and finishing colonies, queen mating and queen introduction.
One-Day Theory Course covering the techniques to be used at first- and early-spring inspections. Focus on the principles of disease recognition and remedial actions.
Victoria Jones 07815649590 or click here to email Victoria