These are the courses that have already taken place in 2016.  Don’t try to book them!

Improver Key Skills (East Kent edition)

A series of 4 sessions on key husbandry skills for beekeepers, running from 26th January - 16th February 2016.

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.
  • A review of bee health and hygiene, emphasising actions the beekeeper can take to maximise the health of their bees

The BeeBarn is the training centre that is part of Mann Lake's facilities at Highland Court Farm in Bridge, near Canterbury. It has a modern, well-equipped meeting/lecture room, with room for 35 delegates.

Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Reading the Colony, 26 January 2016

Tuesday 26th January 2016, 7.30-9.30pm at the BeeBarn

Bob Smith and Julie Coleman

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

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

location map here

Additional DescriptionMore Details

BeeBarn, Mann Lake Ltd, Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Swarm Control, 2 February 2016

Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 7.30-9.30pm at the BeeBarn

Bob Smith and Adrian Davis

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.

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

Location map here

Additional DescriptionMore Details

Mann Lake Ltd, Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Managing Varroa, 9 February 2016

Tuesday 9th February 2016, 7.30-9.30pm at the BeeBarn,

Julie Coleman and Adrian Davis

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.

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

location map here

Additional DescriptionMore Details

BeeBarn, Mann Lake Ltd, Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Health and Hygiene, 16 February 2016

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 7.30-9.30pm at the BeeBarn

Bob Smith, Adrian Davis and Julie Coleman

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

In this session, we will review bee health and hygiene, emphasising actions the beekeeper can take to maximise the health of their bees.  Topics will include comb-changing (how and why), apiary hygiene, and hygienic bees.  We will conclude the series with a Q&A session, to address any questions provoked by the 4 sessions.

location map here

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The Bee Barn, Mann Lake Ltd, Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Asian Hornet traps (am)

A drop-in session for local associations to participate in manufacturing Asian Hornet traps

Saturday 12th March 10am-1pm

Bob Smith and Diane Steele

With the Asian Hornet threat present just over the Channel, Kent is rather in the firing line so "Beekeepers @ KSRC" and the NBU are organising a workshop where we hope to establish a production line and manufacture hundreds of Asian Hornet traps.  If we can deploy hundreds of traps along the Kent coastal area, we stand a decent chance of an early detection.  Once established, Asian Hornets are tricky to deal with - best to catch them early!asian hornet nest
The workshop will be on 12th March at Mann Lake's Bee Barn near Canterbury; Diane Steele, our new RBI, will be there to talk about this non-native species and advise on trap deployment. There is a nominal booking charge to cover expenses.
We will be at the BeeBarn from 10-4pm, but we ask that you book onto either this session or the afternoon session, so that everyone doesn't arrive at the same time.  You will walk away with the products of your labours - a load of Asian Hornet Traps -  to use in your own apiaries.
Additional DescriptionMore Details

Clearly, this is more likely to be of interest to beekeepers in East Kent (hence Canterbury as venue) but members of any of the Kent branches would be very welcome as well.   The BeeBarn is the training centre that is part of Mann Lake's facilities at Highland Court Farm in Bridge, near Canterbury. It has a modern, well-equipped meeting/lecture room, with room for 20 delegates. Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Price: £5.00

Asian Hornet traps (pm)

A drop-in session for local associations to participate in manufacturing Asian Hornet traps

Saturday 12th March 1-4pm

Bob Smith and Diane Steele

With the Asian Hornet threat present just over the Channel, Kent is rather in the firing line so "Beekeepers @ KSRC" and the NBU are organising a workshop where we hope to establish a production line and manufacture hundreds of Asian Hornet traps.  If we can deploy hundreds of traps along the Kent coastal area, we stand a decent chance of an early detection.  Once established, Asian Hornets are tricky to deal with - best to catch them early!asian hornet nest
The workshop will be on 12th March at Mann Lake's Bee Barn near Canterbury; Diane Steele, our new RBI, will be there to talk about this non-native species and advise on trap deployment. There is a nominal booking charge to cover expenses.
We will be at the BeeBarn from 10-4pm, but we ask that you book onto either this session or the morning session, so that everyone doesn't arrive at the same time.  You will walk away with the products of your labours - a load of Asian Hornet Traps -  to use in your own apiaries.
Additional DescriptionMore Details

Clearly, this is more likely to be of interest to beekeepers in East Kent (hence Canterbury as venue) but members of any of the Kent branches would be very welcome as well.   The BeeBarn is the training centre that is part of Mann Lake's facilities at Highland Court Farm in Bridge, near Canterbury. It has a modern, well-equipped meeting/lecture room, with room for 20 delegates. Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Price: £5.00

Practical Bee Handling, Sat 7th May 2016

Saturday 7th May 2016, 10am-4pm at Bridge, near Canterbury

Bob Smith and Julie Coleman

£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.

Students : minimum pass in BBKA Basic, or two full seasons managing your own bees. Freshly laundered bee suit, clean footwear and disposable gloves essential. Maximum 6 students in the session. Bring packed lunch

We are running these multiple times during the season, so look out for additional dates.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

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.

Course Location: Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Practical Bee Handling, Tue 17th May 2016

Tuesday 17th May 2016, 10am-4pm at Bridge, near Canterbury

Bob Smith and Julie Coleman

£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.

Students : minimum pass in BBKA Basic, or two full seasons managing your own bees. Freshly laundered bee suit, clean footwear and disposable gloves essential. Maximum 6 students in the session. Bring packed lunch

We are running these multiple times during the season, so look out for additional dates.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

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.

Course Location: Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Price: £25.00

Starting Queen Rearing – Sun 22nd May

Sunday, 22nd May  2016, 10.30am-1.30pm  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)

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.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

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 if needed - coffee etc. will be provided.

18 places max.

You may also be interested in a practical course at Detling after the Kent Show. See this course link

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Starting Queen Rearing – Sat 4th June

Saturday, 4th June 2016, 10.30am-1.30pm  Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

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 if needed - coffee etc. will be provided.

18 places max.

You may also be interested in a practical course at Detling after the Kent Show. See this course link

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Price: £15.00

Practical Bee Handling, Sat 18th June 2016

Saturday 18th June 2016, 10am-4pm at Bridge, near Canterbury

Bob Smith and Julie Coleman

£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.

Students : minimum pass in BBKA Basic, or two full seasons managing your own bees. Freshly laundered bee suit, clean footwear and disposable gloves essential. Maximum 6 students in the session. Bring packed lunch

We are running these multiple times during the season, so look out for additional dates.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

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.

Course Location: Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Price: £25.00

Practical Bee Handling, Tue 5th July 2016

Tuesday 5th July 2016, 10am-4pm at Bridge, near Canterbury

Bob Smith and Julie Coleman

£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.

Students : minimum pass in BBKA Basic, or two full seasons managing your own bees. Freshly laundered bee suit, clean footwear and disposable gloves essential. Maximum 6 students in the session. Bring packed lunch

We are running these multiple times during the season, so look out for additional dates.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

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.

Course Location: Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HN, location map here; full instructions to find the BeeBarn will be emailed to delegates

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Practical Queen Rearing – Monday 11th July

Monday, 11th July 2016, 10.30am-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 classroom courses earlier in the summer (Maidstone, Canterbury)
Additional DescriptionMore Details

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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Price: £20.00

Improver Key Skills 2016

A series of 5 sessions on key husbandry skills for beekeepers, running from 1st -29th November 2016.

Bob Smith, Julie Coleman and Adrian Davis

The five 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.
  • winter management
  • Health and Hygiene

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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Reading the Colony, 1 November 2016

 

Tuesday 1st November 2016, 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 and Julie Coleman

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

Additional DescriptionMore Details

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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Swarm Control, 8 November 2016

Tuesday 8th November 2016, 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

Additional DescriptionMore Details

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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Price: £0.00

Managing Varroa, 15 November 2016

Tuesday 15th November 2016, 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

Additional DescriptionMore Details

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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winter management, 22 November 2016

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 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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In Europe, the critical period of the bees' annual cycle is winter - no access to resources for several months and survival hanging on the extent to which we and the bees completed pre-winter preparations. This session will explore the key aspects of preparing our bees for winter and the checks we make during winter, to give our bees the best chance of building up strongly in the following Spring.

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Health and Hygiene, 29 November 2016

Tuesday 29th 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 the series here.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

In this session, we will review bee health and hygiene, emphasising actions the beekeeper can take to maximise the health of their bees. Topics will include comb-changing (how and why), apiary hygiene, and hygienic bees. We will conclude the series with a Q&A session, to address any questions provoked by the 5 sessions.

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