apiculture n. beekeeping
apiarist n. one who keeps bees
apiary n. a place where bees are kept
© Okehampton Branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association 2020 -
Okehampton Beekeepers normally run a Beekeeping Training Course at the start of each year. The course comprises 8 evening sessions. These are usually held at Whiddon Down Village Hall, from 7 pm to 9 pm Wednesday evenings from January through to May.
The course costs £75, payable in advance at the initial session (usually mid January). This includes a free copy of the excellent BBKA textbook, The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping (cost £18). Assistance with course fees may be available from the branch, subject to special circumstances. The Basic course will follow the syllabus required for the BBKA Basic Assessment. Candidates may wish to take this BBKA Basic Beekeeping exam following course completion (but this is not mandatory). Okehampton Branch will reimburse the Basic Exam fee for those branch members taking the course who subsequently take and successfully pass the exam. Planning the next 2021 Basic Course has been complicated by the pandemic and uncertainties over lockdown and social distancing requirements associated with indoor venues. Our 2020 course has had to be put on hold half way through as it was interrupted in March by lockdown.
We are hopeful both that we may complete this year’s course and also run further basic training in 2021, but this of course is dependent on what happens with Covid19 over the winter.
Our courses, if held, additionally include number of follow-
BASIC Beekeeping Certificate Syllabus
Okehampton Beekeepers offer to help new branch members by appointing them a Mentor if they wish. The mentor will assist with handling bees during the first year. Sometimes just having someone to talk through doubts about what needs to be done is enough to give the confidence required.
Maybe you need help with a manipulation that you are unsure about or want to try a different way. Being unsure about what to do is not unique to new members; there's always something new to learn.
To request help and find out more about what we can offer contact Simon O’Sullivan see the CONTACT page.
Have you previously attended a Basic Beekeeping course? Have you kept bees for at least twelve months?
Then why not put yourself forward for assessment for the BBKA Basic Certificate. The practical assessment is a one-
Beekeeping Best Practice
One place to get good advice about beekeeping is from the Best Practice Guides and Fact Sheets produced by the National Bee Unit website BeeBase. These PDF file publications can be read online or downloaded from the public pages of the site.
Go to: www.nationalbeeunit.com then click through the pages:
Home > Bee Research and Publications > Publications >
Advisory Leaflets, Training Manuals & Fact Sheets
The list of publications available [April 2012] is shown below.
Best Practice Guidelines:
Courses are run by many other organisations and vary
in time of year, duration and syllabus.
See the websites on our LINKS page to start your search.