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Yeovil Division 2018

BEEKEEPING - An Introductory Course


A theory course of ten 45-minute lectures aimed at people who are considering taking up the craft of beekeeping, or who have only fairly recently obtained their own bees. The course will cover: the honey bee life cycle, hive design, equipment, colony management, swarming and hive products and will provide a firm base from which to increase knowledge of the craft. Tea, coffee and chat afterwards.


Dates 2018:

18 and 25 Jan

01, 08, 15 and 22 Feb

01, 08, 15 and 22 Mar


Week 1. Introduction- General, What is a Honey bee, Importance of beekeeping, Local and National support.

Week 2. The Colony- Queen, workers and drones. Division of labour within the hive. Individual lifecycles.

Week 3. The Hive- The bees’ nest. Hive components. Supers. Practical frame making.

Week 4. History - Origins of Honeybees. Honey hunting. Skeps. Langstroth. W.B.C. Smith, National, Nucleus and other odd hives.

Week 5. Beekeeping Year- Preparation for winter. Spring management. Inspections. Summer build up. Harvesting.

Week 6. Queens . In depth understanding. Queen rearing. Mating of. Marking and Clipping.

Week 7. Swarms . Reasons for and types of. Swarm control, Swarm prevention, Swarm collection.

Week 8. Pests and Diseases. Pests, brood diseases, adult diseases, varroa. Statutory requirements.

Week 9. Bees, Plants and hive products- pollination, nectar and honey. Local forage crops, wax, propolis and pollen. Selling honey.

Week 10. Getting Started- Association Membership of Full and the implications. Sources of kit for beekeeping. Setting up and apiary. What happens next.


Followed by a practical course as close as possible to the last lesson.


Venue: The Chapel Cross Tearooms, South Cadbury, BA22 7ET at 7.30pm.

Tutor: John Carnegie.

Fee: In advance-£20, for existing beekeeping association (BBKA) members, £30 for others.

Attending the Basic Course also pays for ‘Associate’ membership (i.e. currently £6).


If you anticipate getting bees during the first year, you need to increase the membership fee from ‘Associate’ to ‘Full’ to ensure you obtain the necessary Bee Disease Insurance (BDI) i.e. £6 to current £32 i.e. an additional £26 through the BBKA (liaise with John for details).

Note: The price for full membership might need to change after Yeovil AGM as capitation might increase.


Bookings: Please complete the form below and send it, with the course fee, payable to “Somerset BKA, Yeovil Division” to Mr J.P. Carnegie, 29 The Glebe, Queen Camel, Yeovil, Somerset. BA22 7PR by 18th January 2018. Cheques will not be banked until the first day of the course.


For further details please contact:

John Carnegie on 01935 851234.

Email: killercarnegie@yahoo.co.uk

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