Pan Devon Course syllabus

 The tutors are:

LW – Liz Westcott
DE – Derek Evans – vice chairman of Tiverton BKA
MT – Mike Ticehurst – webmaster for Devon, membership secretary Torbay
DP – David Packham – Regional Bee Inspector
VT – Viv Thorn – Chair of Devon Beekeepers
J & J Sh O – James and Jane Schindler Ord – Chair of Torbay BKA and Editor of Torbay Buzz magazine

 

Pan-Devon Beekeeping beginners syllabus

  • Week 1  18-1-2012 (LW)
    • The honey bee, it’s importance. Where & when to get bees.
    • What are BBKA, DBKA and branches
    • Basic anatomy & physiology
  • Week 2 25-1-2021 ( LW)
    • Life cycle and division of labour
    • Pollination of plants, collection of nectar, pollen, water and propolis 
  • Week 3 01-02-2021(DE)
    • Getting started, keeping records, Apiary siting
    • Beekeeping equipment, 
    • Types of  hive, components, types and bee space
  • Week 4  8-2-2021 (DE & MT)
    • Opening the hive, checklist for inspection, use of smoker,
    • Making a frame
  • Week 5 15-2-2021(DP)
    • Signs of swarming, feeding, adding supers, uniting, introducing queens, marking, robbing, managing difficult colonies 
  • Week 6  22-2-2021 [DP]
    • Swarm control methods and making splits
    • Stings and first aid (VT]
  • Week 7  01-03-2021(LW)
    • Honey extraction, preparation and sales, labelling and statutory requirements.
  • Week 8 -3-2021 ( LW)
    • Harvesting beeswax and products of the hive
  • Week 9 15-3-2021  (DP))
    • Integrated pest management, apiary hygiene, comb replacement, pests and diseases 
  • Week 10 22-3-2021 ( J&J Sh-O))
    • Beekeepers year, spring build up, summer management, harvest, preparations for winter. 
    • Where & when  to get bees, mentoring and on going support. Further education . Basic and modular examinations 

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