Handling Skills Workshop

  • Saturday, June 09, 2018
  • Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, June 09, 2018, 09:00 17:00 (GDT)
  • Sunday, June 10, 2018, 09:00 17:00 (GDT)
  • Newbattle Bee Academy / Apiary

For Information Only - Course Full

This course aims to improve the confidence and competence of colony manipulation by experienced beekeepers. Specific management techniques will not be taught but we will practice a number of underlying skills such as efficient use of the hive tools, handling frames, queen finding, handling, and introduction, working efficiently with large colonies, dealing with difficult colonies, disease inspection, and colony destruction. It is a hands-on course that requires live bees for the students to work with.

The Intermediate Handling course will be particularly useful for those preparing for the SBA Intermediate Practical examination, the Advanced Colony Manipulations course, for those preparing for the SBA Apiarian. Both courses are also suitable for those simply wishing to improve their skills.

Tony Harris, NDB, is a bee farmer based on the Moray coast in Scotland, where he manages 150 hives for honey production and the sale of queens and nuclei.  Tony is a Scottish Expert Beemaster and he holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) qualification. He teaches beekeeping at all levels and gives presentations and lectures to community and beekeeping groups on all matters relating to bees, beekeeping and the environment. He is an assessor for the Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA), a qualified Scottish Honey Judge, a British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Correspondence Course tutor and a regular contributor to beekeeping publications in the UK and abroad. 

Ann Chilcott is qualified as a Scottish Expert Beemaster and has been involved in teaching beekeeping both locally and nationally for several years. She is an assessor for the SBA education system and holds the SBA Trainer’s certificate. Ann is a regular contributor to beekeeping publications throughout the UK and in the USA and speaks throughout Scotland on beekeeping subjects.

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