in partnership with the Duchy College
The Association offers Basic Beekeeping courses in partnership with the Duchy College, Cornwall College’s Agricultural Faculty, based at Rosewarne, which hosts the Asssociation apiary, where practical teaching takes place. Details of this years courses can be found in the following Leaflet.
Basic Beekeeping Part 1
This 2 term course of 36 hours provides all the basic information you will need to keep bees. It is aimed at those who have not yet got their bees, but will be useful to those who already have them and may explain many of the questions the bees have given you. We recommend that you join your local Beekeepers Association during the course (WCBKA student members do not pay a fee) so that you have the opportunity to learn from and consult with other experienced beekeepers. After 12 months of keeping your own bees a second course is available – Part 2, which leads to the Basic Certificate in Beekeeping, awarded by the British Beekeepers Association.
All teaching will be at Rosewarne. The ten classroom sessions take place on Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:00, beginning on January 9 2014. The eight two hour practical sessions take place on Saturdays from April 2015 in the afternoons or alternatively on Thursday evenings. Enquiries and applications to should be made to Admissions (Rosewarne) 0845 60 50 455 or email Duchy course enquiries.
Basic Beekeeping Part 2
Following on for those who have completed Part 1 and have at least a years experience of keeping bees, this course will deal with preparation for the basic exam and reinforce your knowledge of diseases, husbandry skills, swarming and manipulation of the bees,honey preparation and legal requirements. The course will also examine the BBKA Basic Syllabus.
Part 2 will consist of six two hour sessions, some classroom and some practical, culminating in the BBKA Basic Exam, the cost of which is included in the course fee and will begin after May 2015. Enquiries and applications to should be made to Admissions (Rosewarne) 0845 60 50 455 or email Duchy course enquiries.
These courses will equip you with the knowledge and practical skill to start your own apiary if you so wish and to carry out all necessary operations with confidence. It will also help beginners to revise and extend their knowledge and skill. The course will help you aim for the highest standards of beekeeping and anticipate some of the pitfalls of the early years. Beekeepers with experience will be as welcome as those with no knowledge at all.
All teaching will be at Rosewarne. West Cornwall Beekeepers’ Association has both an outdoor apiary and a bee-house at Rosewarne as a cornerstone of their developing partnership with the Duchy College. WCBKA provides the majority of the course teachers, for both background knowledge and practice. It is a presumption of the course that students will develop better beekeeping practices in the long term if their activities are firmly based on an understanding of how bees function, best practice from modern research and guided by selected experienced local beekeepers.
Topics that will be covered include
Purchasing healthy colonies
Siting colonies safely
The year’s work in the apiary
Opening a hive and assessing a colony
Swarm prevention, control and management
Keeping your colonies healthy
Keeping varroa under control
Maximising your honey crop
Taking, storing and presenting honey
Marketing the hive products
Modern hives and their maintenance
The life cycles of the honeybees
Helping to pollinate seed and fruit crops
NB: All dates and prices ae provisional at this stage. Please contact the college for up to date information.