Short Courses 2018

Apiary Skills Short Courses – 2018

These three courses have been designed to help members improve normal apiary procedures.

To maximise learning, numbers will be restricted to eight participants per course.

   Courses: See Education main page for course dates

Typical questions asked by members include:

  • Can I prevent the development of the swarming instinct?
  • Have I really mastered a method of swarm control?
  • How do I tell whether the queen cells in a colony indicate supersedure or swarming?
  • How does the Snelgrove method work?
  • How do I take honey off the hive causing minimum disturbance for bees and myself?
  • How do I extract honey without causing a domestic problem?
  • How can I make soft set honey?
  • Should I leave a colony with sufficient of their own honey for the winter or is feeding syrup equally good?
  • What are the relative merits of candy versus syrup as winter feed?
  • How do I check for disease?
  • At season end which items are best treated with washing soda, torched or sterilized?
If you wish to know the answers to these and many related questions, as well as practising the necessary skills then sign up for one of the following courses.

Each will start with theory in Bishops Cannings Hall followed by practicals at the Club Apiary, except for Extraction where theory and practice will be integrated in Sophie’s kitchen.

  1. How to Handle Swarming Successfully.
  2. How to Extract Honey – from hive to jar.
  3. Winter Preparations
If you are interested in Extraction or Winter Preparations please see Dick Church at a Club meeting or send an email to   
If you are interested in Swarming please send an email to        
The cost is £3.00 to cover the hire of the Hall & any handouts.
Please check you are free on the course date before signing up
Varroa this year Promoted to Club and Apiary Sessions led by Robert
Fri. July 6th. – 7.30pm Presentation in BC Hall             
Sat. July 7th. 10.00am Practical – Apiary