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An extended course for new beekeepers will be held in 2019 on Thursday evenings at Bradford University and at the Bradford Beekeepers Association Apiary.

It will include lectures on beekeeping, beekeeping equipment and Honeybee biology, as well as practical honeybee handling sessions. The course is designed for complete beginners or beekeepers with limited experience who are seeking to improve their knowledge and beekeeping skills.

The course is delivered by members of the Association who are both experienced beekeepers and educators. Widely aknowledged as one of the best courses  vailable trainees should be able to start their careers as a beekeeper in May 2019, and will have enough know-how and skills to gain a nationally recognised qualification as quickly as possible.

The Course:-
17th January 2019! ! Lecture and workshop1! Honeybee Biology
7th February 2019! ! Lecture and workshop1! Beekeeping Equipment / Beekeeping Organisations
21st February 2019!! Lecture and workshop1! Hive Inspection - The art of ‘reading’ a colony
7th March 2019! ! Lecture and workshop1! Honeybee life cycle and swarming
21st March 2019! ! Lecture and workshop1! The beekeeping year and Siting an Apiary
4th April 2019! ! Lecture and workshop1! Hive Products
18th April 2019! ! Lecture and workshop1! Apiary Hygiene and Bee Diseases
2nd May 2019! ! Beekeeping & Debrief2! Inspecting a colony of bees in a small group
9th May 2019! ! Beekeeping & Debrief2! Inspecting a colony of bees in a small group
Rest of Summer! ! Mentor assisted care of a hive at our association apiary2
September 2019! ! Review of Course! ! Q&A session for course members

The Venues - Bradford University & Bradford Beekeepers Teaching Apiary

1Lectures and workshops are all based in the Bright Building RE-centre at Bradford University. This is splendid eco-friendly state-of-the-art building in the centre of the campus. The practical activities and beekeeping all take place at 2Bradford BKA’s apiary on Tong Street. The teaching apiary has hives of several different types and our bees are very easy to work with. We supply all the equipment you will need apart from a pair of ‘wellies’.

Fees for the complete Course

The course fee includes Full Membership of the Association for the year commencing September 2017 as well as all all tuition costs and use of equipment. You will also receive a full set of course notes, course presentations, video clips and much more supplied either on a DataDVD or Flash drive. The course fee is £90. Beekeeping Association Membership (includes British BKA, Yorkshire BKA and Bradford BKA)is £30.

Find out more via the website or email bill.cadmore@ntlworld.com or text 07847476927

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