Full details on courses run by the MBA are given below.
INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING COURSES 2016
Moray Beekeepers will be running 3 one day ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ courses in 2016, the dates being Sunday 8th May, Saturday 11th June and Sunday 3rd July. The course takes place at our training apiary near Elgin and runs from 10am till 4pm. We spend the morning in the classroom looking at the life history of the honeybee and go over all that is required to get you started as a beekeeper. After lunch we will give you a bee suit and gloves and show you the fascinating world inside a hive of bees. We end the day tasting some of our fabulous local honey. We ask for a donation of £40 for the course and this includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, course hand outs and use of the protective clothing. Numbers are restricted to just 12 on each course so book early if you are interested. e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
BASIC BEEMASTER COURSE
(MBA Members only)
The Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA) Basic Beemaster Course will again be run in 2016. To take the assessment you must have owned and managed bees for 1 full season. There will be several classroom sessions starting on Tuesday 5th April, 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Spey Bay Hall with the remaining classroom sessions on 12th, 19th and 26th April. There will also be two practical sessions on Sunday 22nd and Sunday 29th May at Birnie Apiary, 1pm-3pm with the actual assessments usually taking place in June or July.
You will be assessed by an SBA Assessor. It is both practical, assessing your ability to handle bees, beekeeping equipment and to interpret what you can see in the hive, and it is oral as you will be asked questions (on your own) to assess your understanding of basic beekeeping theory. It should not exceed 1 hour. The pass rate is 50% and if you want to take further modules you need a distinction which is a pass of 75%.
You need to complete an application form asap enclosing cash or a cheque made payable to the Scottish Beekeepers Association for £15 and return to Alan Riach, Woodgate, 7 Newland Avenue, Bathgate, EH48 1EE. You can also book and pay online by clicking here
There is also some useful information on that page including the syllabus.
To book a place on the course, or for further information, contact Tony Harris.
Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!
There will be a small charge of £20, payable to Moray Beekeepers Association to cover course material and room hire.
SBA MODULE EXAMS
(SBA Members only)
There are also opportunities for those of you who have already passed the Basic Beemaster to pursue your studies further through the SBA modules. The most recent study group helped support 6 MBA members to pass Module 1: Honeybee Management.
The next diet of module exams will be in November 2016 (you are too late for the March exams) and applications should be made directly to the SBA .
Further Introduction to Beekeeping courses will be run during the summer as well as a Honey Bee Health & Disease Day and a Queen Rearing & Nucleus Creation workshop, so watch this space for the latest information.