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April 2021

HWBKA Beginners’ Course – Session 4

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Horsted Green Park Apiary, Behind Horsted Pond Cottage
Horsted Green, East Sussex TN22 5TH United Kingdom
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Session 4  - Saturday 24th April (Horsted Green Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) A practical session Hive designs, and choice of hive & equipment. Building your own flat pack hive and frames Making hives & frames from flat-pack kits, Care & preservation of hives. Cleaning & sterilisation of used and second-hand equipment. We will have some hives available to buy and make up at this session.

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Session 4’ catchup on a Zoom call

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 4’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 29th April The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm

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May 2021

HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 5

May 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 5 - Saturday 8th May (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) Inspecting the colony. Handling bees Activity at entrance. Attitude to opening and inspecting hives. Use of the smoker. Bee space. Comb: Worker cells Drone cells 3 castes: Queen, Workers, Stores: Nectar, Capped honey, Appearance of healthy brood and cappings Eggs, and Larvae (open brood) Sealed worker brood. Sealed drone brood Common early season brood problems. Chilled brood? Chalk brood?      Bald brood?        Wax moth?…

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Session 5’ catchup on a Zoom call

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 5’ catchup on a Zoom call - Saturday 15th May The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm

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HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 6

May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 6 - Saturday 22nd May (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) Making increase; Swarms & Swarming. Natural swarms / Shook Swarm. Use of nuclei. Finding the Queen. Two methods of swarm control; Artificial swarm & Queen-right nucleus Taking the Queen out on a nucleus. Dealing with Swarming. Signs indicating swarming has taken place. Dealing with the colony that has swarmed. Collection of swarms. Bees in buildings. Capturing a swarm. Hiving & feeding. Other seasonal…

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Session 6’ catchup on a Zoom call

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 6’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 27th May The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm  

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June 2021

2021 – Day Taster Course High Weald Beekeepers’ Taster Day – Saturday 5-Jun-2021

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Heath House, St. Raphaels
Buxted, East Sussex TN22 4JS United Kingdom
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HWBKA Beekeepers’ Course – Session 7

June 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 7 - Saturday 12th June (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) Pests & Diseases. Diseases and treatments for Varroa. How to look through a colony for brood disease. Checking for adult bee diseases. Taking a sample for analysis. Notifiable diseases. Ministry system for bee disease control. Looking for Varroa: screen floors & mite drop, drone comb monitoring, other varroa treatments. Use of chemicals & resistance. Chemical poisoning Learning how to recognise healthy brood comb…

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Session 7’ catchup on a Zoom call

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 7’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 17th June The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm

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July 2021

HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 8

July 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 8 - Saturday 10th July Bee safari

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HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 9

July 31 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 9 - Saturday 31st July (Horsted Green Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary) Honey extraction. Treatments for Varroa. Methods of clearing bees from supers: Clearing boards Chemical fumigants Brushing bees off Blowers used by professionals Pros & Cons of each method Re-arranging full & part filled combs Estimating what could be taken. Practice “hefting” a hive – to gauge when supers are full Potential of robbing & preventing spread of diseases. After the honey is extracted the…

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August 2021

Session 9’ catchup on a Zoom call

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 9’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 5th August The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm

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September 2021

HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 10

September 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 10 - Saturday 4th September (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) Preparing your hive for winter. Protection from the weather. Use of mouse guards. Protection from other animals. How to weigh a hive. Practice ‘Hefting’ a hive and using suitcase scales. Preparing sugar syrup. When to feed. Removing cleaned supers.

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Session 10’ final catchup on a Zoom call

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 10’ final catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 9th September The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm …there may be a quiz too !

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