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Integrated Pest Management (Manchester)

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Manchester & District Beekeepers’ Assoc.

The Dower House

Heaton Park

Prestwich

M25 2QB

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a widely-used tool in agriculture in order to minimise the use of chemicals for pest control. The techniques help to keep populations of pests at levels below the threshold at which they damage their hosts thus delaying the use of such chemicals and helping to avoid or delay the on set of resistance of pests to effective treatments.

During this two day course, we will cover all aspects of varroa and cover the potential threat from other exotic pests of honeybees. Topics covered will include:

  • The life cycles of Varroa destructor, Tropilaelaps, Small Hive Beetle, Asian hornet
  • Threats to honeybee colonies
  • Resistance to treatments and its mechanism
  • Current legislation on approved varroacides
  • Management techniques to reduce varroa populations including
  • Shook Swarm
  • Artificial Swarm
  • Open Mesh Floors
  • Drone Culling
  • Queen Trapping
  • Treatments, application methods and precautions
  • Timetable for treatments/IPM techniques
  • Current legislation on notifiable pests

In appropriate seasons the course will include practice sessions in an apiary where possible; otherwise model or empty hives will be used. Handouts will be provided, as will all necessary equipment and consumables. The overall aim is to consolidate existing knowledge of varroa control and other potential pests and to enhance honey bee colony management skills.

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.

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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.

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