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Moving Beehives (Devon)
Sat, 29 Apr 2017, 11:00 – Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 15:00 BST
This new course is aimed at the enthusiastic and experienced beekeeper who wishes to take their first steps in establishing out apiaries, moving colonies to farmed crops, or generally moving bees between sites. The equipment demonstrated and used will be that which such a beekeeper is likely to have or to acquire, such as an estate car, small van, or car with a trailer. This two-day course is unusual in that it will feature overnight work, with students moving colonies between apiaries - the aim is to build skills and confidence through direct experience.
Day 1 will start late morning, with a mixture of classroom discussion and practice activities looking at the approach and equipment used in moving colonies. This culminates in the preparation in the afternoon of the colonies to be moved later that evening. After a break for dinner, the students and tutors will then return to the first apiary at sunset in order to close in the bees and move the colonies to the second site, finishing work at around midnight.
On Day 2, a mid-morning start at the second apiary allows for checking of the moved colonies and completion of post-move tasks, at which point students and tutors will return to the classroom and will use the experience of the overnight move to discuss problems and contingencies. We will then look at the broader issues around colony migration for pollination, including finding and managing remote apiary sites, advised stocking densities for various pollinated crops, and the perspective of the farmer or grower.
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.
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.
The Cancellation Policy can also be found here.