The ABKA has a very strong training ethic and the senior members also train beekeepers throughout Wales.
We provide training for new beekeepers to support and guide them in their first two seasons with bees. We not only provide the knowledge required but spend much more time giving the new beekeeper the necessary hands-on skills and experience in our dedicated training apiary. Each new beekeeper is introduced to an experienced mentor who will provide hive side support for new situations as a *phone-a-friend” reference point in times of doubt. The full training scheme lasts for two seasons, consisting of the “Beginner’ and ‘Improver’ coursesIf people have no previous experience of bees we provide a free Introductory session for those considering enrolling on our course. Until you have experienced being in a Beesuit with a large number of bees flying around you it is difficult to decide whether beekeeping is for you or not. Let us help you make that decision.
The Bee Training Year
Bees are very inactive during the winter but become
active in the Spring. To ensure that the new
beekeepers can practice what they have learnt while
it is still fresh, our Training year starts in February.
Class room sessions are scheduled for February and March, then the Apiary practical sessions start with the bees in April and conclude in September.Because the bees follow the weather and climatic conditions, so do the sessions. Such is beekeeping.
We understand many people feel they would like to keep bees but are unsure about the experience of having bees flying around them. We give prospective beekeepers the opportunity to spend a couple of hours alongside an experienced beekeeper during a colony inspection.ABKA provide the bee suit and gloves so you are fully protected, then after a safety briefing you will be accompanied into the apiary to participate in a colony inspection.During this time you will see the various components of a hive and the basic tools used by a beekeeper (smoker and hive tool) to enable the safe handling of the bees. You will see the various areas of the hive and stages of the honey bee life cycle:Brood area – eggs, larvae, capped brood cells, nurse bees, guard bees, forager bees and hopefully the QueenHoney, nectar and pollen storesYou will also be given the opportunity to handle a brood and a honey frameCurrently these sessions are held in the ABKA apiary in September each year and those interested in attending should contact the ABKA Secretary John Bowles on 07449 021219 Email email@example.com
£70 per person or £80 for a beekeeping couple *This is the first part of our training scheme for beekeepers. It is very practically based, with over 60% of the time spent handling bees in the apiary. The new beekeepers then have the opportunity of buying a starter nucleus of locally adapted bees, at a discounted price. Each new beekeeper is intoduced to an experienced mentor to support them when they receive their bees and to help them prepare the colony to survive the winterThen course aims:-•To explore the lifecycle, needs and behaviour of the honey-bee colony and how this knowledge can be applied to their management by the beekeeper to keep the colony healthy and to provide a crop of honey and wax.•To discuss beekeeping equipment and what is needed to start beekeeping and how to correctly assemble a flat pack hive and frames.•To understand the involvement required from the beekeeper during the year.•To provide practical experience in the inspection and handling of colonies of bees throughout the season (April to September). •To understand the range of ‘normal’ conditions observed within a hive - from setting up a hive through to obtaining a honey crop, controlling Varroa and preparing the colony for over-wintering.•A basic understanding of the problems a honey bee colony may face.•To acquire the necessary basic colony handling skills.Note: A beekeeping couple will only receive one set of hand-outs and one opportunity to buy a nucleus colony at the advantageous price. However, in all other respects they will receive the same experience and are treated individually. Couples will be trained separately during practical sessions.
£70 per person or £80 for a beekeeping couple - reduced to £50 or £60 for new beekeepers who have attended the ABKA Beginners CourseThis is the second and final year of the Beekeepers training scheme offered by the ABKA. Aims:•To identify and examine the management requirements of a full sized honey bee colony•To look at the importance of Spring Inspections to gauge the health and needs of the expanding colony.•Identify the pests and diseases that affect honey bee colonies•Comb management to aid colony health, brood rearing and honey storage•Techniques used to control / manage swarming of honey bee colonies•Management of a colony about to or which has swarmed•Various ways of making increase from a colony.•Practical demonstration of all aspects of colony management•Guidance and support of the improver Like the Beginners course the vast majority of course time Is spent hands on in the training apiary carrying out the procedures and manipulations. There are normally 3 apiary sessions depending on the weather and bee development. The Improvers are involved in the Training Apiary colony increase process that supplies the nucleus colonies for that year’s Beginners..
Interested in becoming a
If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper and
would like to discuss what is involved and need some
advice on the best way of embarking on this
fascinating pastime and/or whether you have a
suitable location for beehives.
If you are interested in beekeeping but are unsure
how you will feel so close to so many bees so want to
try an “Experience the Bees” taster:-
If you want to enrol for the next ABKA Beginner
If youare already a beekeeper on Anglesey, in
Bangor or Caernarvon area and would like to join
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2018 Training TimetableAlthough we hold course theory sessions on fixed date we appreciate that those days my not be possible for everyone. We are ableto be flexible to work individually with new beekeepers who are unable to attend theory sessions to ensure that they are fully informed. For more information please contact the ABKA Training Officer direct.Early JanuaryVaroa mite - Oxalic Acid treatment workshops24 January Improver Knowledge Session 1 - Rhosmeirch1900 - 21.30How a beekeeper manages a hive of bees03 FebruaryImprover Knowledge Session 2 - Rhosmeirch0900 - 160014 FebruaryBeginner Knowledge session 1- Nant Yr Odyn Hote1900-2130Biology and life cycle of the Honey bee28 FebruaryBeginner Knowledge session 21900-2130What is involved in beekeeping14 MarchBeginner Knowledge session 31900-2130Hive and frame construction DIY28 MarchBeginner Knowledge session 41900-2130Beekeeping year and getting startedMid AprilImprovers assess Training coloniesMay – July Various apiary training sessions for both Beginners and Improvers. (weather & bee dependant)June- JulyBeginners receive their coloniesSeptember “Experience the Bees” Taster sessions take place dependent on demand, weather and the bees.August - SeptemberApiguard workshop / Winter preparationSeptemberBeginners – Honey Extraction - To be arrangedNovember 2019 Beginner Course place invitations issuedDecember2019 Improver Course place invitations issued