Short Courses 2017

Apiary Skills Short Courses – 2017

These four 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:

  •  Is this colony queenless?
  • What do I do about laying workers?
  • Can I prevent development of the swarming instinct?
  • Have I really mastered a method of swarm control?
  • How do I find the Queen and mark her?
  • How do I clip the Queen without serious damage?
  • How does the Snelgrove method work?
  • How do I extract honey without causing a domestic problem?
  • How can I make soft set honey?
  • What are good ways to look for eggs?
  • How does Queen trapping work to control varroa?

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. (Detailed programmes will be issued for each course later)

  1. How to Handle Swarming Successfully.
  2. How to find if a Colony is Queen right,
    How to find, mark & clip the Queen.
    How to find eggs.
  3. How to recognize Varroa.
    How to minimise it: the methods of control.

  4. How to Extract Honey – from hive to jar.

Each course will start with theory in Bishops Cannings Hall followed by practicals at the Club Apiary, except for Extraction which will be held in Sophie’s kitchen.

The cost per course is £3.00 to cover the hire of the Hall & any handouts.

If you are interested please tell Dick Church at a meeting OR email at

Please check you are free on the course date before signing up