Colony Manipulations (Stoneleigh), National Beekeeping centre, Saturday, 24. August 2019

Course Description
This new NDB Short course aims to take you through key manipulations required for successful beekeeping. It looks at the theory and practical aspects of well used techniques, allowing beekeepers to undertake them successfully but also provide the theory behind them so that beekeepers can modify them to suit their own requirements and management systems.
We will spend time in the classroom and out in the apiary covering the following topics:

Making Nucleus colonies
Introducing Queens
Feeding colonies
Sterilising using Acetic Acid
Shook Swarms
Artificial Swarms
Progressive Comb Replacement
Uniting Colonies
Bailey Comb Change

This course is not prescriptive, we will cover the theory and optimise apiary work based on the status of the colonies and the current point in the season. Although the course covers a range of topics above, we will also provide guidance and teaching on handling colonies and optimising use of smokers and hive tools.
The course is best suited to those with a number of years experience, and ideally, having already undertaken the Handling course. Students preparing for their BBKA General & Advanced Husbandry courses will benefit from this course.
Target Audience
The Short Courses are aimed at those beekeepers with some experience of the craft; they are not aimed at complete novices. We can provide guidance to applicants as to the appropriateness of our Short Courses to their stage of beekeeping. We do ask that students respect this policy. Students are welcome to apply on a first come, first served basis.
The NDB Short Courses can provide valuable discussion, learning, and hands-on experience for those planning to take the BBKA Assessments above Basic level.

Course Fees
The early bird fee is now only £88 per student per course (for students from England and Wales) due to a generous subsidy from the Defra Healthy Bees Plan. Standard booking fee is £103 per student per course. Fees for students from other areas (inc. Scotland) is £240. This fee includes all consumables, course handouts, refreshments and a light lunch on both days. For expert tuition by highly-qualified tutors, this represents very good value for money.
Instructions and venue information
Joining instructions with course outline, what to bring, and venue information will be sent to students upon booking.
Target Audience
The NDB Short Courses can provide valuable discussion, learning, and hands-on experience for those planning to take the BBKA Assessments above Basic level. The Short Courses are aimed at those beekeepers with some experience of the craft; they are not aimed at novices. We can provide guidance to applicants as to the appropriateness of our Short Courses to their stage of beekeeping. We do ask that students respect this policy.
Students are welcome to apply on a first come, first served basis.
Course Booking Cancellation Policy
The NDB reserves the right to reschedule or cancel advertised courses. Should this be necessary then you will be given the option of a refund or a transfer to another course/date. We will give as much notice as possible, but regret that we cannot be responsible for any other costs such as those relating to travel or accommodation that might result from this.
Students who have booked on courses may cancel and receive a full refund if notice of cancellation is received at least four weeks before the course start date. If notice of cancellation is received less than four weeks before the course start date, refunds will only be issued if the cancelled place(s) can be re-sold.
A course booking indicates an acceptance of this cancellation policy.
The Cancellation Policy can also be found here.


Saturday, 24. August 2019, National Beekeeping centre, Colony Manipulations (Stoneleigh)

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