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The SBKA Frome Division (FBKA) is running a course for a maximum of 12 people interested in traditional Beekeeping and an intention of keeping their own bees. The course is mainly theory with some practical support where possible. It will be supplemented in the spring with practical sessions in member’s apiaries. A mentor or membership of a local beekeeping sub-group may be offered to those wishing to proceed.
The syllabus for the course is below. Subjects will be presented by experienced beekeepers who are members of FBKA and are volunteering their time.
The course will be over 6 sessions on consecutive Wednesday evenings starting on Wednesday 18th January 2017.
Frome ASDA Supermarket has made their Training Room available for the course. It is intended that each session will start at 7:15 p.m. and will last for up to 2 hours. There will be a comfort break during each session when coffee and tea and biscuits will be available.
The required reference book will be supplied by FBKA and students will be awarded Associate membership of FBKA as part of the course fee. This makes you eligible to attend future educational, practical and social meetings. Protective clothing and any necessary beekeeping equipment will be loaned by FBKA for practical sessions and you are advised not to spend money on protective clothing or any other beekeeping equipment until after the early practical sessions in the Spring.
The fee for the course is £60 per person which helps support FBKA. There will be a reduction of £10 if you already have the required reference book and a further £5 if you are already a member of FBKA.
If you are interested please contact the course coordinator:
Norman Elmer, 20a Roddenbury Close, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2AS, Tel 01373 466495
Email: email@example.com. Cheques should be made payable to “SBKA (Frome Division)”
Please ask if there’s anything else you wish to know. Course syllabus
What is a honeybee
Importance of beekeeping
Local and National support
The Queen, workers and drones
Division of labour within the hive
Individual life cycles
Pollination, nectar and honey
The bees’ nest
Practical making frames
Origins of bees
Honey hunting, skeps, Langstroth
WBC, Smith, National & Nucleus
Preparation for winter
Spring management, inspections
Summer build-up, harvesting
Wax, propolis and pollen
Marking and clipping
Reasons for swarms (causes, natural history, primary and casts)
Swarm prevention (Artificial swarm)
Healthy Brood & Hygiene
Film (The Honeybee)
Setting up an apiary
Getting your bees/what happens next?
Sources of equipment and clothing
Practical Beekeeping Groups/ Mentors
Review of the course, questions and comment