We are very pleased to announce that the following people have passed exams this year:
To take the Basic Assessment you have to have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months. The Assessment consists of four parts and the Candidate must achieve the pass
mark in all four parts:
- Manipulation and Equipment. Practical Assessment of the Candidate’s ability to handle bees and beekeeping equipment and the ability to interpret
what is observed.
- Oral questioning and Assessment of the Candidate’s knowledge of Natural History and Beekeeping.
- Oral questioning on Swarming, Swarm Control and effects.
- Oral questioning on Diseases and Pests.
To take the Honey Bee Health Certificate you must have been awarded the BBKA Basic Certificate and have at least three years of beekeeping experience. The Assessor tests the Candidate’s practical skills and knowledge of the important aspects of beekeeping (as defined in the Syllabus). The Assessor observes:
- The Candidate’s practical skills at opening and manipulating colonies and notes the correct use of beekeeping equipment and apiary hygiene.
- The Candidate's awareness of the procedures adopted by The National Bee Unit Inspectors and ability to demonstrate them.
- The candidate's: management and hygiene, brood disease inspection, two further practical tasks and the discussion.
|7th Oct||Val Francis- “Help, I can’t find the Queen”|
|4th Nov||Gerry Collins – Solitary Bees, Social insects and Wasps|
|2nd Dec||Christmas Social|
|6th Jan||No Meeting|
|3rd Feb||Jim Pearson- Queen Rearing Methods Other Than Grafting|
|2nd Mar||Mark Millard- What to do with Wax|
|6th April||Charles Austin- Large Scale Beekeeping|
Val is chair of Barnsley Beekeeping Association and a seasoned beekeeper. Along with her husband Garry, Val has kept bees for many years. Val is also the BBKA's Examinations Board Secretary.
Started beekeeping in 1958 at the age of 11 years (as junior member of Hagley and Stourbridge branch of Worcestershire BKA) passed BBKA preliminary (now called “the Basic”) in 1959. Today a BBKA Master Beekeeper, Senior honey judge and Holder of the National Diploma in Beekeeping.
Jim Pearson is a member of the Wakefield and Pontefract branch of the Yorkshire BKA. He is a practical beekeeper who applies science where required and where he sees the relevance to his beekeeping. As a progressive beekeeper he is always trying to understand bees more and in doing so he has discovered that some of what has become standard information is not always correct. A keen enthusiast of native and near native bees, he manages around 30 colonies with his brother Geoff, one apiary being in the foothills of the Pennines 800 ft above sea level. Jim is a Master Beekeeper who is an assessor for BBKA Basic, General Husbandry and Microscopy assessments.
Mark Millard is a BBKA Qualified beekeeper, (which means he’s passed the General Husbandry assessment and has passed 4 Module exams). Mark is also secretary for Wakefield and Pontefract Beekeepers.
Our very own Charles Austin is an engaging and experienced beekeeper with 30 plus years of beekeeping experience. He runs around 150 colonies and is also our Winter Apiary Manager. Charles is an fan of Keld Brandstrup’s gentle Buckfast Danish bees. Charles is also a keen scuba diver.
During the summer season, we will be meeting at the association apiary each Saturday.