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Ormskirk _ Croston Beekeepers Branch Practical Syllabus for 2008

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									        Ormskirk & Croston Beekeepers Branch
             Practical Syllabus for 2008
                           http://www.ormskirkbeekeepers.co.uk

Introduction

After the course there will be a two hour practical session at our out apiary every week
starting at 2:00 PM on Sundays (unless there is a Branch meeting within a couple of days).

You will need to bring normal beekeeping protection to practical sessions. However you might
be able to borrow a veil or a beekeeping suit for the duration of the session on a first come,
first served basis. Remember to bring your own Wellington boots and protective gloves
(rubber household washing up/cleaning Marigolds are OK).

Any hive tools, beekeeper's smokers and basic woodworking tools will be provided.

Location

The address of the out apiary is :-     Fir Tree Farm,
                                        Pimbo Road,
                                        King's Moss,
                                        St. Helens,
                                        Merseyside,
                                        WA11 8RG.
Directions

From Ormskirk :-
   · Take the A570 (St. Helens Rd) heading towards St. Helens. When you get to a set of
       traffic lights with the Stanley Gate pub on the left hand side go forward across the
       junction onto Ormskirk Road.
   · After about half a mile you'll come to a roundabout. Take the 3rd exit marked A570
       onto Rainford Road.
   · At the next roundabout (passing under the M58) take the 2nd exit sign posted A570
       to St. Helens.
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   · After approximately 1 /4 miles you'll come to another roundabout (in the distance
       straight ahead you'll see a railway bridge). Take the 2nd exit sign posted A570 to St.
       Helens.
   · After passing under a railway bridge you need to take an immediate left onto the
       B5203 sign posted Rainford/Crank.
   · Keep straight on the B5203 (Ormskirk Rd) for about 1 mile.
   · When you come to a mini roundabout turn left onto Cross Pit Lane.
   · At the next mini roundabout turn right onto Higher Lane. Follow the road round until
       you see the Red Cat pub in front of you.
   · Turn left at the junction before the pub onto Red Cat Lane (B5205) sign posted
       Billinge.
   · Keep on Red Cat Lane until you come to a Y-junction. Go left and forward (still on
       Red Cat Lane).
   · Soon after you've gone over a hump backed bridge the entrance to Pimbo Road will
       be a sharp turn on your left.
   · While travelling up Pimbo Road you'll pass the Colliers Arms pub which is on the left
       side of the road.
   · Keep going until you get to the entrance of King's Moss Lane on the left. At this point
       the entrance to Fir Tree Farm is on the right.

If you have any problems with the directions use the AA route finder at
http://www.theaa.com/travel/index.jsp and enter WA11 8RG as your destination postcode.




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Programme

SESSION 1 - Sunday 13th April 2:30 PM
Supervised by Martin Smith.

Swarm Control and new members introduction

SESSION 2 - Sunday 27th April 2:00 PM
Supervised by Ray Dowson, Keith Hemming and Edwina Abbott.

The use of materials used in hive construction e.g. wood type, nail types, PVA glue.
Hive construction demonstration Part 1 :-
       · National Hive floor construction.
       · National Hive brood box construction.
       · Explain the importance and difference between top/bottom bee space.
Discuss hive location and entrance direction.
Open hives for an inspection (weather permitting). This may include :-
       · Identifying worker bees and drones.
       · Identifying the queen (if possible).
       · Ensuring that the queen is laying eggs.
       · Identifying eggs, larvae and capped brood.
       · Identifying honey and pollen cells.
       · Identifying propolis.
       · Identifying any queen cells and “play” cups.
       · Knocking down queen cells.
       · Adding/removing supers when necessary.
       · Identifying bee diseases.
       · Assessing strong/weak colonies.
       · Assessing if the hive has enough stores.
Tea break.
Question and answer session.

SESSION 3 Sunday 4th May 2:00 PM
Supervised by Derrick Harris, Mark Oakley and Penny Oakley.

Refresher on hive materials.
Hive construction demonstration Part 2 :-
        · National Hive super construction.
        · National Hive roof construction.
        · Explanation of bee space.
Refresher on hive location and entrance direction.
Demonstrations :-
        · How to light a beekeeper’s smoker.
        · Use of smoke to subdue bees.
Open hives for an inspection (weather permitting).
Tea break.
Question and answer session.
Help with hive construction.

SESSION 4 Sunday 11th May 2:00 PM
Supervised by Mark Ball, Eric Bradbury and John Wilkinson.

Hive construction demonstration Part 3 :-
       · Explanation of super/brood frame types and spacing methods.
       · Explanation of the warm/cold way.
       · Hands on super frame construction by students.
Demonstration :-
       · National Hive super/brood frame construction.
       · How to light a beekeeper’s smoker.



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        · Use of smoke to subdue bees.
Open hives for an inspection.
Tea break.
Question and answer session.
Help with hive construction.

SESSION 5 Sunday 18th May 2:00 PM
Supervised by Ray Dowson, Keith Hemming and Edwina Abbott.

Demonstration :-
       · How to light a beekeeper’s smoker.
Record keeping :-
       · Discuss the importance of keeping hive records.
       · Explanation of a hive record card and how to fill it in.
Open hives for an inspection and fill in record cards.
Tea break.
Question and answer session.

SESSION 6 Sunday 25th May 2:00 PM
Supervised by Mark Oakley, Penny Oakley and John Wilkinson.

Explanation about the 3 feet/3 mile rule.
Open hives for an inspection and fill in record cards.
Demonstrations :-
       · How to prepare a hive for transportation (using an empty hive as an example).
       · Identifying hives that might swarm.
Tea break.
Question and answer session.

SESSION 7 Sunday 1st June 2:00 PM
Supervised by Eric Bradbury, Derrick Harris, Keith Hemming.

General beekeeping discussion.
Open hives for an inspection and fill in record cards.
Demonstration :-
       · Identifying hives that might swarm.
Tea break.
Question and answer session.

SESSION 8 Sunday 8th June 2:00 PM
Supervised by Eric Bradbury and Mark Ball.

General beekeeping discussion.
Open hives for an inspection and fill in record cards.
Demonstration :-
       · Identifying hives that might swarm.
Tea break.
Question and answer session.

SESSION 9 Sunday 15th June 2:00 PM
Supervised by Derrick Harris, Mark Oakley and Penny Oakley.

General beekeeping discussion.
Open hives for an inspection and fill in record cards.
Demonstration :-
       · Identifying hives that might swarm.
Tea break.
Question and answer session.




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SESSION 10 Sunday 22nd June 2:00 PM
Supervised by Ray Dowson and Keith Hemming.

Open hives for an inspection and fill in record cards.
Demonstrations :-
       · Identify and prepare supers for honey extraction next week.
       · Use of the Porter bee escape.
       · Discuss bee diseases.
       · Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - Varroa mite drop tests (the supervisor will
           have prepared several hives in advance).
       · How to take a sample of bees for disease analysis.
Tea break.
Question and answer session.

SESSION 11 Sunday 29th June 2:00 PM
Supervised by Mark Ball and John Wilkinson.

Honey extraction demonstrations :–
       · How to load a manual honey extractor.
       · Extraction of honey into buckets.
       · Filtering and honey storage.
       · How to clean extraction equipment.
Open hives for an inspection and fill in record cards.
Tea break
Question and answer session.




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