A key responsibility of any beekeeping association is to recruit new members and to offer them guidance and support in learning about honey bees and the ways in which we manage them safely. This may be achieved in various ways, through classroom sessions on the theory and practice of bees and beekeeping and by practical demonstrations and guidance with live bees in an apiary.
Medway Beekeepers’ Association runs an annual ‘Introduction to Beekeeping Course‘ intended for novices and this includes practical sessions at the bees.
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Other educational activities are aimed at relatively new beekeepers, who may wish to improve their understanding and practice; we intend to provide appropriate training for those wishing to take the BBKA Basic Assessment, a worthwhile exercise in demonstrating your competence to handle bees safely. For further details please Click here
We are developing a Mentoring Scheme that aims to pair up newer beekeepers with nearby, more experienced beekeepers. If you would be interested in this scheme, either as a Mentor or Mentee or if you would be interested in being a ‘Bee Buddy” to someone. please Click here
The Association benefits from a club apiary stocked with several colonies; these are used in training and more generally for occasional Open Days. A team of experienced beekeepers examines the apiary colonies regularly and newer beekeepers are encouraged to attend and help. An Apiary Manager oversees this work and the Apiary Co-ordinator manages the inspection rota. For opening times and dates Click here
The summer meetings also include visits to the apiaries of our members these are also open to visitors, beekeepers or just those who are interested or considering keeping bees. Guests, members and visitors alike can borrow a bee suit (a limited number are available on a first come basis) , watch and participate as hives are manipulated and inspected. During the winter we arrange a series of talks and presentations on topics which are relevant to the keeping of healthy productive bee colonies. These are advertised under the Events Tab above.
The British Beekeeping Association administers a suite of both theoretical and practical examinations and assessments details of which can be found on the BBKA website.
MBKA usually runs an enjoyable 10-week Study Group course over the winter months. This is often tied into one of the BBKA Modular examinations.
More information on this course will be available later in the year.
Some of these educational activities are in their infancy so we would be pleased to receive feedback on any aspect of education, whether something planned or perhaps needed?
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