Microscopy for Beekeepers (Cirencester)

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Microscopy for Beekeepers

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Course Description

The microscope is a powerful tool which can provide a great deal of insight into the health and environment of our honeybees. We develop an understanding of both the compound and dissecting microscopes, with clear explanations of optical principles and practical steps to set-up and get the most out of these instruments. Using practical examples of honeybee anatomy, disease diagnosis, and pollen analysis, students will be able to practice many of the skills required of an Association Microscopist or for the BBKA Microscopy certificate.

Topics covered will include:

  • The basic theory of light microscopes
  • Setting up and using compound and stereo (dissecting) microscopes
  • Slide making for pollen identification
  • Identification of the floral composition of honey
  • Introduction to dissection techniques
  • Introduction to disease diagnosis

This laboratory-based course is intended to provide attendees with basic set-up and usage skills and confidence with microscopes. We will introduce and practice elements of the three main areas of interest to beekeepers (anatomy, disease diagnosis, pollen identification) in order to practice the use of the microscope. There are further NDB Short Courses specific to each of these interest areas which expand upon the introductory techniques practiced on this Microscopy course: Adult Diseases, Brood Diseases, Pollen & Nutrition, Anatomy & Dissection.

This course will also be of great interest to anyone studying towards the BBKA Microscopy certificate, and to support further practical study by students preparing for BBKA Module 3 (Honeybee Pests, Diseases & Poisoning) or Module 5 (Honeybee Biology).

Course Fees

The fee of £110 is for the two days course if you provide your own dissecting and compound microscopes.

The fee of £125 is if you have no microscopes and would like to use the microscopes on site. 

These fees includes all consumables, course handouts, refreshments and a light lunch on both days.

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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.

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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Royal Agricultural University

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Organiser Marin Anastasov NDB and Lynfa Davies NDB

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Marin Anastasov NDB currently manages 30 colonies in Gloucestershire. He teaches beekeeping at all levels from Basic to NDB, both locally and nationally. Marin is a Master Beekeeper, holds BSc in Animal Science and MSc in Organic farming. Marin is trustee of Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association and the Chairman of the BBKA Examinations Board. His entire working career has been in organic food and farming.

Lynfa Davies NDB keeps approximately 20 colonies. She is a member of Aberystwyth and District Beekeepers’ Association and she is also part of the Learning and Education Committee of the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association. She became a Master Beekeeper in 2015 and gained the NDB in 2019. Lynfa writes regularly for beekeeping magazines. After graduating from Aberystwyth University with a degree in agriculture, Lynfa embarked on a career in livestock science. She is currently the knowledge exchange manager on the Welsh Government’s Farming Connect programme.

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