Archive for the Training Category

Hive Design; Equipment; Stings; Aggressive Colonies – 4th October

Carrying on the Improver Training sessions, the eighth session of the occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping will be held on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at the Petersfield Community Centre, 7:15 start.

Presented by: Brad Davis

The areas to be covered include:

  • Stings
  • Aggressive Colonies
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Equipment & Hygiene
  • Hive Design
    • Beespace
    • Types of Hive

Foraging – 23rd November

Carrying on the Improver Training sessions, the sixth session of the occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping was held on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at the Petersfield Community Centre, 7:30 start.

Presented by: Brad Davis

The areas covered included:

  • Benefit of local forage crops
  • The special requirements of some crops
  • Undesirable sources of honey
  • The composition of nectar
  • Source and characteristics of honeydew
  • Conversion of nectar to honey
  • The use of pollen to identify honey
  • Other forage, water, pollen and propolis

Slides

Asian Hornet – January 7th

Hilary Haywood (SBI) will be keeping us up to date with the Asian hornet threat and telling us what we can do to protect our bees.

We will be having a practical “Blue Peter” session, making traps out of large Coke (other drinks are available!) bottles, though seemingly without sticky-backed plastic.

It promises to be very informative and sticky session, and with cake.

Carrying on the Improver Training sessions, the seventh session of the occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping will be held on Saturday 7th January 2017 at the Petersfield Community Centre starting promptly at 7:30pm doors open at 7pm.

To be presented by: Hilary Haywood

Training: Swarm Prevention & Control – 26th October

Carrying on the Improver Training sessions, the fifth session of the occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping was held on Wednesday 26th October 2016 at the Petersfield Community Centre.

Presented by: Brian Herbert

The areas covered included:

  • Biology of Swarming
  • Preparation for Swarming
  • Swarm Prevention
  • Basic Elements of Swarm Control
  • Swarm Control Methods
  • Taking and Hiving a Swarm

Slides

Honey Extraction & Processing – 24th September

Carrying on from the Improver Training sessions of last winter, the fourth session of the occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping was held on Saturday 24th September 2016 at the Petersfield Community Centre following on from the EGM, unfortunately this impacted heavily on the time available and Graham was necessarily restricted to a brief overview but included some useful insights into show entries. It is intended to reschedule this session at a later date.

Presented by: Graham Rowden

The areas that were to be covered include:

  • Legal and Food Hygiene
  • Removal from Hives
  • Storage before Extraction
  • Extraction
  • Storage after Extraction
  • Bottling
  • Labelling
  • Label Design
  • Selling

Training:Improvers Session 3-9th January 2016

The third session of the occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping will be held on Saturday 9th January 2016 at the Petersfield Community Centre starting at 7:15pm.

This session will deal with the requirements of an apiary and the management of bees over an annual cycle. The areas to be covered include:

  • An explanation of the requirements of an idealised apiary and the importance of these factors in apiary design
  • Bee Behaviour and temperament in relationship to apiary location
  • A run through of the annual cycle of management with sufficient detail of the requirements up to General Husbandry
    • The annual cycle of management of a colony
    • Preparation of hives for the winter
    • Spring management
    • The principles and reasons for regular comb changing
    • What to do before opening a hive
    • The time and reasons for adding supers
  • The feeding of honey bees and consequences of robbing and how to prevent it

To be presented by: Graham Rowden.

 Come along and take advantage of Graham’s expertise to improve your honey bee management.

Apiary Pictures 26th April

The 26th April might have been grey and cold but everyone attending was engrossed in beekeeping

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the Bee-Basic candidates polishing up their knowledge with Education Officer Hilary Hayward

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and eveyone else examining the bees progress over a week.