The Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association runs courses each year to help new beekeepers learn the craft of beekeeping and established beekeepers improve their skills.
BBKA Basic Assessment
Covering the basic skills and knowledge of beekeeping, the BBKA Basic Assessment is an excellent course for beekeepers wanting to consolidate 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. It is also is the starting point and entry requirement for all other BBKA examinations and assessments.
We will be running training sessions for the BBKA Basic Assessment starting in May 2018. These sessions are open to all members who have kept bees for at least 12 months.
There will be four theory sessions, on Thursday 31st May, Thursday 7th June, Thursday 14th June and Thursday 21st June, at Sean Stephenson’s house (Drywick, 91 Ellesborough Road, Wendover HP22 6ES), all starting at 7:30 p.m. and lasting about 2 hours. These sessions will cover the four sections of the assessment:
- manipulation and equipment,
- natural history and beekeeping,
- swarming and swarm control,
- diseases and pests.
You can attend the training sessions without going on to sit the formal assessment. There is no charge for the training sessions but there is a fee of £20 for the final assessment. If you do decide to take the formal assessment, please note that there will also be an opportunity for a mock assessment with one of our more experienced beekeepers before the formal one in July 2018.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact Jonathan Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
New Beekeepers Course – 2019
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 25th February 2019. The cost for the course is £75 (£63 for existing MBBKA associate members)
From Mid April onwards (weather dependent) 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.