These are the courses that have already taken place in 2015.  Don’t try to book them!

Delegates’ Choice, 1st December 2015

Tuesday 1st December 2015, 7.30-9.30pm at Tyland Barn, near Maidstone (postcode ME14 3BD, location map here; full instructions to find the barn can be found at the Kent Wildlife Trust site here)

Part of the Improver Key Skills series.  Book the series here.

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the topic or topics for this last session will be decided by those attending - the areas where extra information or options might be valuable? Could be anything on husbandry, pests and diseases, foraging, products of the hive, ..... your choice...

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Managing Varroa, 24 November 2015

Tuesday 24th November 2015, 7.30-9.30pm  at Tyland Barn, near Maidstone (postcode ME14 3BD, location map here; full instructions to find the barn can be found at the Kent Wildlife Trust site here)

Part of the Improver Key Skills series.  Book on the whole series here

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Since its arrival in 1992, varroa has changed the face of UK beekeeping and its effective management is now mandatory. This session will explore the origins of this exotic pest, the way in which it interacts with Apis mellifera and the options we have, at various times of the beekeeping season, to control this pest. Chemical and non-chemical (husbandry) methods will be examined, looking at the pros and cons of each approach.

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Swarm Control, 17 November 2015

Tuesday 17th November 2015, 7.30-9.30pm at Tyland Barn, near Maidstone (postcode ME14 3BD, location map here; full instructions to find the barn can be found at the Kent Wildlife Trust site here)

Part of the Improver Key Skills series.  Book on the whole series here

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We will explore what happens to "wild"colonies as they reproduce and then examine the basic principles of the ways in which we, as beekeepers, can intervene in this natural process. We will examine several well-known swarm control methods and understand when each may be appropriate. Swarm control is the basic beekeeper skill - this session will provide you with the knowledge to "keep" your bees.

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Reading the Colony, 10 November 2015

 

Tuesday 10th November 2015, 7.30-9.30pm at Tyland Barn, near Maidstone (postcode ME14 3BD, location map here; full instructions to find the barn can be found at the Kent Wildlife Trust site here)

Bob Smith

Part of the Improver Key Skills series.  Book the series here

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A colony inspection is more than simply observation, it requires an understanding of the typical annual lifecycle of a colony and the translation of what is seen into an understanding of what the colony is doing - so called "reading the bees". However, this is not enough on its own - it needs to be seen in the context of what the beekeeper is trying to achieve and what management actions are indicated to take it forward. This introductory session will tackle these under-pinning aspects of our management of the bees

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Improver Key Skills

A series of 4 sessions on key husbandry skills for beekeepers, running from 10th November - 1st December 2015.

Bob Smith, Julie Coleman and Adrian Davis

The four sessions can be booked together for £25 (non-refundable). Topics that will be covered:

  • Bee & colony life-cycles, reading the colony, translating that into management actions
  • Swarm control – an in-depth understanding of natural swarming, and its prevention
  • Managing varroa – the key to healthy bees; monitoring and treatments, inc. non-chemical.
  • plus a final session on those areas nominated by you – Comb changing, honey, winter activities... or something else.

The Tyland Barn is HQ for the Kent Wildlife Trust. It has a modern, well-equipped meeting/lecture room, with room for 20 delegates.

postcode ME14 3BD, location map here; full instructions to find the barn can be found at the Kent Wildlife Trust site here

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Practical Bee Handling, Sat 25th July 2015

Saturday, 25th July 2015, 10am-4pm at Bridge, near Canterbury (location details here)

Bob Smith and Patrick Murfet

£25 registration fee (non-refundable)

The aim is to provide coaching in reading the bees, proactive management, apiary hygiene and smooth, confident handling.  You will get plenty of access to hives, working in small groups so that there's practical learning for each delegate.

This course is intended for any beekeepers who wish to improve their handling through personalised coaching; normally beekeepers will have kept bees for a year or three and may well have the BBKA Basic, though this qualification is not essential to participate.  Freshly laundered bee suit, clean footwear and disposable gloves essential. Maximum 6 students in the session. Bring packed lunch

We hope to run these multiple times during the season, so look out for additional dates.

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Outline of the day - a preliminary talk about the aims of the day (as above); not more than 45 min. In first apiary : each student (work in 3's) to open a hive, say what they see, what they infer the bees are doing, what they would do to manage the colony. General critique on handling.

After lunch, Review am, talk about handling, reinforce message about reading bees, proactive management. Second apiary, students to open 2 or 3 hives each, looking to coach on handling, increasing speed, use of tools etc. Final review, lessons learned, depart.

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Practical Queen Rearing – Monday 13th July

Monday, 13th July 2015, 10am-4pm  at Kent County Show Ground, Detling Hill, Maidstone ME14 3JF (location map here)

Terry Clare

£20 registration fee (non-refundable)

A workshop especially for beekeepers with a limited number of colonies.  An ideal introduction to anyone with a few hives who wishes to produce replacement queens for themselves and friends.

This is a practical course, which will build upon the theory and background of the 26/4/15 course at the Dockyard.
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The emphasis will be on queen rearing within normal husbandry methods. This course can provide the foundation to more advanced and larger scale queen rearing. Hand-outs will be available. Bring your own lunch - coffee etc. will be provided.

18 places max

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Practical Bee Handling, Saturday 4th July 2015

Saturday 4th July 2015, 10am-4pm at Coxheath, near Maidstone

Bob Smith and David Rudland

£25 registration fee (non-refundable)

The aim is to provide coaching in reading the bees, proactive management, apiary hygiene and smooth, confident handling.  You will get plenty of access to hives, working in small groups so that there's practical learning for each delegate.

This course is intended for any beekeepers who wish to improve their handling through personalised coaching; normally beekeepers will have kept bees for a year or three and may well have the BBKA Basic, though this qualification is not essential to participate.  Freshly laundered bee suit, clean footwear and disposable gloves essential. Maximum 6 students in the session. Bring packed lunch.

We hope to run these multiple times during the season, so look out for additional dates.

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The hives are located on a large fruit farm where the bees are being used for pollination etc. The exact apiary to be used will be dependent on the development of hives in Spring.

Outline of the day - a preliminary talk about the aims of the day (as above); not more than 45 min. In first apiary : each student (work in 3's) to open a hive, say what they see, what they infer the bees are doing, what they would do to manage the colony. General critique on handling.

After lunch, Review am, talk about handling, reinforce message about reading bees, proactive management. Second apiary, students to open 2 or 3 hives each, looking to coach on handling, increasing speed, use of tools etc. Final review, lessons learned, depart.

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Pollen Identification under the Microscope, 31st May 2015

Sunday 31st May 2015, 10-4pm at Univ of Greenwich, Medway (postcode ME4 4TB, location map here; full instructions to find the site and building hereJoining Instructions – KSRC Dockyard-1)

Bob Smith

£20 registration fee (non-refundable)

Our bees forage around our apiaries and collect many kilograms of pollen each year.  We can get a very rough idea of what they are collecting from the colour of pollen loads but a far better understanding is possible by looking at individual pollen grains under the microscope.  You will learn to do this in the well-equipped labs of University of Greenwich.

 

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This course will show you how to prepare specimen slides of pollen from flowering plants and pollen-loads and will demonstrate the use of Rex Sawyer's "Pollen Identification for Beekeepers" to characterise and recognise the very beautiful pollen grains from common bee-plants.  Set-up and use of the microscopes will also be covered. 

15 places max

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Practical Bee Handling, Sat 23rd May 2015

Saturday, 23rd May 2015, 10am-4pm at Bridge, near Canterbury (location details here)

Bob Smith and Patrick Murfet

£25 registration fee (non-refundable)

The aim is to provide coaching in reading the bees, proactive management, apiary hygiene and smooth, confident handling.  You will get plenty of access to hives, working in small groups so that there's practical learning for each delegate.

This course is intended for any beekeepers who wish to improve their handling through personalised coaching; normally beekeepers will have kept bees for a year or three and may well have the BBKA Basic, though this qualification is not essential to participate.  Freshly laundered bee suit, clean footwear and disposable gloves essential. Maximum 6 students in the session. Bring packed lunch.

We hope to run these multiple times during the season, so look out for additional dates.

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Outline of the day - a preliminary talk about the aims of the day (as above); not more than 45 min. In first apiary : each student (work in 3's) to open a hive, say what they see, what they infer the bees are doing, what they would do to manage the colony. General critique on handling.

After lunch, Review am, talk about handling, reinforce message about reading bees, proactive management. Second apiary, students to open 2 or 3 hives each, looking to coach on handling, increasing speed, use of tools etc. Final review, lessons learned, depart.

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Starting Queen Rearing – Sun 26th April

Sunday, 26th April 2015, 10am-4pm  at U of Greenwich at Medway (postcode ME4 4TB, location map here; full instructions to find the site and building here: Joining Instructions – KSRC Dockyard-1)

Terry Clare

£15 registration fee (non-refundable)

A foundation workshop especially for beekeepers with a limited number of colonies.  An ideal introduction to anyone with a few hives who wishes to produce replacement queens for themselves and friends.

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The emphasis will be on queen rearing within normal husbandry methods. This course can provide the foundation to more advanced and larger scale queen rearing. Hand-outs will be available. Bring your own lunch - coffee etc. will be provided.

18 places max

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