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Dancing – 29th November

As an extension to the Winter Training Talk occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping, the first session aimed at the Proficient level will be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at the Petersfield Community Centre, 7:15.

Presented by: Brad Davis

The areas to be covered include:

  • Waggle Dance
  • Round Dance
  • Sickle Dance
  • Shake (DVAV) Dance
  • Tremble Dance
  • Beep Dance
  • Buzz Run
  • Jostling Run
  • Spasmodic Dance
  • Grooming Dance
  • Washboarding

More Than Honey

Carrying on the Improver Training sessions, the ninth session of the occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping was held on Saturday 28th October 2017 at the Petersfield Community Centre, 7:15.

Presented by: Brad Davis

The areas covered included:

  • Wax
  • Pollen
  • Venom
  • Propolis
  • Queens
  • Nucleus Colonies
  • Packages

Hive Design; Equipment; Stings; Aggressive Colonies

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

Presented by: Brad Davis

The areas covered included:

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

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Foraging

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

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

Swarm Prevention & Control

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

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

Apiary & Bee Management

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.

Beekeeping Procedures

The second session of an occasional series aimed at improving knowledge of beekeeping was held on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at the Petersfield Community Centre starting at 7:15 pm.

This session dealt with beekeeping procedures. The areas covered were:

  • Queen Introduction
  • Queen Marking
  • Queen Colours
  • Queen Clipping
  • Bailey Comb Change
  • Shook Swarm
  • Preparation for Moving Colonies
  • Uniting Colonies

Presented by: Brian Herbert

Unfortunately technology issues meant Brian gave the presentation without the intended aid of slides. The outline presentation provided by the BBKA CiC is here: 2015-16 Improvers 2

Natural Hstory

The initial session of an occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping was held on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at the Petersfield Community Centre starting at 7:15pm.

This session dealt with the natural history and some aspects of the biology of honey bees. The areas covered were:

  • The origin and various races of honey bees with their characteristics.
  • The differing external features between the two castes of female and the drones.
  • The life cycles of queen, worker and drone.
  • The mating of queens.
  • Seasonal variations of a colony.
  • The function of the exocrine glands that provide the messages that are so important in colony organisation.

Presented by: Brad Davis

Notes: 2015-16 Improvers 1