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Advanced Husbandry Lecturettes

Published 19.May.2017, 1:04pm

Each year a number of Advanced Husbandry assessments are held at the National Beekeeping Centre at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth CV8 2LG.

The June 2017 dates are: Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th June.

As well as being examined on their practical skills and knowledge of all things beekeeping, each of the candidates has to give a ten minute presentation on a previously prepared topic. The set titles, of which there are over a dozen, range from ‘The Management of Honeybees for the Production of Honey from Oilseed Rape’ to ‘The Extraction and Bottling of Heather Honeys’ and include a number on bee health and colony malaise.

To provide a ‘realistic’ lecture environment for the candidates an ‘audience’ is required who, within the time frame allowed, may ask questions at the end of each presentation.

Tea / coffee and biscuits precede the first of three or four lectures each day, the first of which starts promptly at 10.00am in the main hall of the NBC with successive candidates presenting until about 11.30am. You are cordially invited to attend for this hour on any (or all!) of the nine days and are likely to learn something from each and every presentation!

Stoneleigh Park is a lovely place to explore and / or walk the dog. There is a good café / restaurant on site, so make a morning of it.

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