Quantock Beekeepers Association (QBKA) hosted the Microscopy course in 2015 and 2016. A number of people from around Somerset entered for the BBKA Exam. There were 5 Sunday morning sessions throughout the year and from late July a session every two weeks on a Thursday evening at the Quantock Beekeepers Apiary near Bridgwater on the Spaxton Road. Keeping in touch with each other on a regular basis has kept our budding microscopists motivated and a natural learning group emerged. The Apiary is very well equipped and a number of voluntary tutors are involved. The BBKA use the Apiary for the exams and there are usually a number of candidates from across the South West Region.
A nominal (total) £10 fee is charged to cover consumables for SBKA members. We are at the planning stage for 2017. So please get in touch if you are interested. Please note that this course is pitched at a level to prepare microscopists for the BBKA Exam so candidates should already have the BBKA Basic Certificate, and intend to sit the BBKA Microscopy exam in 2017. The first session will be on Sunday 29 January at 9.30 am.
Following discussions with DARG (Devon Apicultural Research Group) we are hoping to develop a cooperative venture to sample pollen on a regular basis and create a regional map of honeybee pollen foraging in the SW Region. This would log colony foraging behaviour and create archive material on an ongoing basis. Consumable equipment would be provided and QBKA offer training (f.o.c) to those who have not yet learned how to use a microscope for pollen analysis. This venture is in the planning stage so please get in touch if you would to be involved or know more about this venture