A key role of the association is that of training.
The annual life cycle of a honeybee colony needs to be understood as well as some of the ways in which beekeepers can manage such things as swarming.
Like all living creatures, bees are subject to a number of diseases and pests – these need to be recognised and dealt with before they become serious.
Honey is a food product and is subject to strict hygiene requirements as well as legislation in respect of packaging and labelling. The best way to learn about all this and other aspects of beekeeping is to join your local association.
Our summer meetings are open to visitors, beekeepers or just those who are interested or considering keeping bees. Guests, members and visitors alike can borrow a bee suit, watch and participate as hives are manipulated and inspected.
There are a number of training opportunities offered throughout the year. These range from the monthly summer visits mentioned above, which include visits to the apiaries of our members and open days at our Association Apiary in City Way Rochester. During the winter we arrange a series of talks and presentations on topics which are relevant to the keeping of healthy productive bee colonies.
First time beekeepers are encouraged to take part in the popular “Introduction to Beekeeping” ten-week course. If interested please go to the Contact Us Tab and email The Secretary at MBKA. This course provides an excellent start to your knowledge and understanding of bees and beekeeping.
After keeping bees for a minimum of 1 year you will be able to undertake a ‘Certificate of Proficiency in Apiculture’ from the BBKA. This is known as the Basic Assessment and is run locally. For further details of the assessment method and guidance that can be provided please go to the Contact Us Tab and email The Secretary at MBKA.
For more experienced beekeepers we offer a 10 week improvers course.
For further details click here: Course in A Case 2017
Information on courses offered by the British Beekeeping Association and their examinations can be found on the BBKA website.