The Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association runs courses each year to help new beekeepers learn the craft of beekeeping and for established beekeepers to help improve their skills.
New Beekeepers Course – 2018
This course will give the new beekeeper a good working knowledge of both the theory and practical aspects of beekeeping. The theory part of the course will be held over six evening sessions starting 19th February 2018. The cost for the course is £75 (£63 for existing MBBKA members)
From May onwards there will be regular practical sessions at our Teaching Apiary near Aylesbury. These provide experience handling bees under the guidance of an experienced beekeeper.
There is no obligation to take up beekeeping at the end of the course but if you decide you want to, the Association can advise on the best equipment to purchase and how to obtain your first colony of bees.
BBKA Basic Assessment
The BBKA Basic Assessment is an excellent course for beekeepers to enhance their working knowledge of beekeeping as well as a proven way for established beekeepers to bring themselves up to date with such things as disease management.
The course runs from May through June each year (details are published in our Newsletter), you are required to have been keeping bees for at least one year, the assessment is a practical session. The full syllabus can be found here.
The British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) operate a full educational programme of practical and written examinations leading to becoming a Master Beekeeper. Each year Mid Bucks operates a study programme for one or two modules of the BBKA Syllabus.
The benefit to the association and to beekeeping within the region of members studying for BBKA certificates is that it ensures that we have sufficient knowledge within our association to provide support to our members.
MBBKA General Husbandry
Our Association is participating in the Bucks County BKA General Husbandry training programme. The training is run over two weekends and is aimed at experienced beekeepers who wish to enhance their skills and possibly sit the General Husbandry Assessment the following year. Full details of the course can be found here.