Other than the BBKA module exam, all these sessions will be at Tilstock Bradbury Village Hall, SY13 3JL
Wednesday 20th January, 7pm
Several NSBKA members have asked about learning more about microscopy and possibly preparing for the BBKA Microscopy assessment. The assessment isn't until autumn, but there are several areas to prepare in advance, particularly pollen slides. There will be an initial training session, on the evening of Wednesday 20th January and it is intended that further study and preparatory sessions will be confirmed thereafter, with the afternoon of Sunday 20th March being the next likely date. These sessions will be free to NSBKA members.
If you wish to take part, then the Book 'Practical Microscopy' by Bob Maurer is probably a must at £17.50 from BeeCraft. It isn't necessary to have your own microscopes to start this training, as it may be possible to borrow these from other members. However it is easier if you do have your own. Two microscopes are used; a dissecting microscope plus a compound microscope for slides. If you are really interested and are still looking for Christmas present ideas for yourself, Brunel microscopes currently have some reasonably priced combined offers with individual microscopes starting from around £75 inc VAT and offers on 'pairs' of microscopes from ~£175 inc VAT. I am told that some supermarkets also have occasional offers on good microscopes, but I suggest you check that any cheaper options will do what is needed! Other equipment can be bought gradually and / or borrowed or shared, although BeeCraft currently have a 'Microbox' of kit costing £106.
Food Safety in Manufacturing Training and Certification with Tori Davies
Saturday 13th February, 9am - 4pm
Advance notice of date - Cost and exact timing to be confirmed. If you harvest honey from your bees you are a food producer and completion of this or a similar course once every three years is recommended. Tori is an NSBKA member and is therefore able to provide this training from the beekeeper's perspective.
BBKA Modules Saturday March 19th. There is no rush to decide about sitting a module this Spring, as the application forms don't need to be in until the start of February, but if you are considering studying for a module and would like support please let Joyce know.
Sunday 20th March - 9am - 4pm
If you missed learning how to make a skep last February or would just like to do some more to the skep you started, in the company of other NSBKA members, then this is your chance! NSBKA member rate: £25 for materials (unless you already have these from last year).
NSBKA Basic Course
Two days: Saturday 16th April 9.30 - 5pm & Sunday 17th April 12.30-5pm;
Free training for NSBKA members, with the option to sit the BBKA Basic Assessment later in the season. If you have kept bees for at least a year or two and haven't yet 'done the Basic' then this is a must!
Taster in Beekeeping Course
16th & 17th April Time: 10am - 5pm daily
Cost: £70/person, £130/'twosome' *, £35/under 16**
(*Will only receive one copy of handouts **must be accompanied by full paying adult)
This week-end course will be both theoretical and practical, including a hands-on session at the Association apiary where you will see inside a beehive and handle the bees (weather permitting). Beesuits are available to borrow for the practical session.