Planned Courses for 2013:
Our aim this year will be to provide 2nd level and more advanced courses for beekeepers who have had bees for a few years. The programme includes courses aimed at supporting those putting themselves up for the important BBKA Basic Assessment and BBKA General Husbandry practicals. Additionally, rather than the rather random collection of courses on aspects of microscopy in beekeeping this year, in 2013 the plan is to offer a staged series of possibly 5 different courses from an introduction through to anatomy and dissection and pollen analysis.Some of the popular courses are to be repeated and some frequently requested courses are to be added in 2013.
These courses will be found on the website: http://ksrcbees.org.uk/ Click on Improvers.
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If you are a new beekeeper and will be looking for bees to get started or have lost bees over the winter, we will be preparing a list of all the people who would take a swarm collected in 2014. As we are providing a swarm of unknown origin, we cannot guarantee the temperament of the bees collected. If you do find they are aggressive at every inspection, click on this link: aggressive bees to see how to deal with them. Also as the swarm is of unknown origin there could be disease present, so they should be treated for varroa and quarantined until they are confirmed disease free.
If you wish to go on this list for 2014, please send your details by email to me: John Farrow [swarm co-ordinator] at: email@example.com with the following information:
Name, address, daytime & evening telephone numbers.
There are six of us who collect swarms in the Sevenoaks and T.Wells area; so I will circulate this list to them and the collector who is nearest you will contact you when they have a swarm available.
The cost of the swarm is subject to agreement with the person offering the swarm and the cost will depend on the difficulty of collection, distance & time involved especially if a 2nd visit to collect the flying bees is involved.
Swarms need to be housed as soon as possible, so if you are unavailable when we call we will move onto the next one on our list.