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Botany for Beekeepers (Devon)

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Blackbury Honey Farm

Southleigh

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Botany for Beekeepers

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During this two day course, we will examine in detail plants and their importance to bees. In particular students will gain an understanding of the special relationship between honey bees and flowering plants, including the processes of pollination and fertilisation, cross pollination strategies, pollinator signals and an appreciation of the major bee forage plants of the UK

Mainly classroom based with a number of practical elements, the course will also include a botany walk exercise aimed at identifying and listing common bee flowers.

The course will be beneficial to beekeepers in general and those intending to take BBKA Module 2, ‘Honey bee products and forage’.

Aims of this course

  • To give students knowledge of the Flora of the UK and its importance to honeybees
  • To appreciate the value of plant recognition and characteristics to beekeeping in the British Isles
  • To help beekeepers to understand the structure of flowering plants and to understand common botanical terms
  • To appreciate the relationship between plants and bees

Course objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the classification of living things and plants in particular
  • Recognise and identify the major bee forage plants of the UK
  • Identify and name the external parts of flowers
  • Explain some common botanical terminology
  • State the different mechanisms for plant pollination
  • State the reasons for plant taxonomy
  • Use a floral key to recognise common bee forage plants
  • State some characteristics of honey from different plants
  • Describe the major identifying features of pollen
  • State the use of pollen identification in honey

Course Fees

Fees for students from England and Wales are generously subsidised by the Defra Healthy Bees Plan. Early-bird bookings are discounted to £85, standard bookings are £100. Fees for students from other areas (inc. Scotland) is £230. 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. Students will need their own copy of 'The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) by Francis Rose'. This can be obtained from any online retailer for approximately £17.

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.

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.

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