Archive for the Improvers 2016/17 Category

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