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Brood Diseases (Devon)

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This course concentrates on the notifiable honey bee brood diseases, principally European Foul Brood and American Foul Brood. We will also study Chalk Brood, and discuss Sacbrood virus and other general brood disorders. The purpose is to send students away having increased their understanding of the causes of these diseases, having practised their diagnosis, and able to make informed recommendations as to treatment options. We will discuss the nature and life cycle of the causative organisms to understand in detail how, where and why the diseases take hold. Treatments old and new are discussed and compared, including non-chemical management techniques.

Much of the course is laboratory based, practising the diagnosis of these diseases using compound and dissecting microscopes. We aim to make slides of the causative organisms from diseased samples to make positive diagnosis, and hope to be able to send students away with their own reference slides of such material. We will also discuss and practice field diagnosis techniques which can be used to give a reasonable indication in the apiary.

The course is suited to beekeepers who want to better understand and diagnose diseases which may affect their own bees. We have access to foul brood combs courtesy of the National Bee Unit, allowing students to work with rarely-handled materials. Microscopes and tools will be provided but students may of course bring their own equipment.

The course will also be of benefit to those studying for the BBKA Module 3 as well as the Microscopy Certificate.

Course Fees

Fees for students from England and Wales are generously subsidised by the Defra Healthy Bees Plan. Early-bird bookings are discounted to £88, standard bookings are £103. Fees for students from other areas (inc. Scotland) are £220 for early birds or £240 for standard bookings. 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.

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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.

These courses prove popular and are usually over-subscribed. If booking online, an application form will be sent to you to allow you to provide a picture of your beekeeping experience. An online booking does not necessarily constitute acceptance onto the course, and your fee will be refunded promptly and in full if you are not accepted. Students will be accepted based upon their experience to ensure all students have a basic ability with microscopes.

The Cancellation Policy can also be found here:

http://national-diploma-beekeeping.org/front-page/course-booking-cancellation-policy/



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