£85 – £230

Queen Raising (Devon)

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Blackbury Honey Farm

Southleigh

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During this two day course, we will develop an understanding of the processes of stock selection and queen raising, utilising a mix of classroom and apiary tuition and exercises. Students will participate in all the key practical elements of a queen raising programme.

Topics covered will include:

  • The structure and function of the sexual organs of the queen and drone
  • How simple selection can improve honey bee colony viability
  • Information and records required to inform on selection of breeding stock
  • The different systems of queen raising
  • Grafting young worker larvae into queen cells
  • Preparing and maintaining a queen right colony for successive queen cell raising cycles
  • The different systems for mating virgin queens
  • Preparing, stocking, maintaining and re-using Apidea style mating nucs
  • The requirements for transporting queen cells
  • Clipping, marking and packaging mated queens for sale or introduction
  • An awareness of how to train others in these practices

This classroom- and apiary-based course is intended to provide attendees with sufficient information and insight to establish or expand queen mating operations for an Association. Handouts will be provided to be used as tutor notes by attendees if they will be leading queen rearing groups, and as reminders of the processes and procedures practiced during the course.

This course will also be of great interest to anyone considering studying the BBKA Module 7 (Selection and Breeding of Honeybees, a.k.a. Queen Rearing) examination.

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.

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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