While beekeeping is a practical activity, the more you know about it, the more enjoyable it becomes, and the better results you will get from your hobby, whether this is obtaining honey, or keeping strong healthy colonies of bees.

The British Beekeeping Association has recognised this and provides British beekeepers with two routes to obtaining educationally recognised qualifications.

 1) If you are academically inclined you may want to consider studying for the 7 Modular exams.

These modules cover all aspects of beekeeping from the management of colonies, bee biology and behaviour and disease through to more specialized aspects like queen rearing and breeding which are covered in some depth.

2) If you prefer a more practically based approach you could consider taking the General Husbandry Certificate leading on to the Advanced Husbandry Certificate.

To undertake these qualifications you need to have kept bees for at least 5 years and to have your Basic Assessment Certificate.

To obtain the General Husbandry Certificate you will need to demonstrate to a high level your beekeeping skills, your approach to honey production and queen rearing in your own apiary. You are assessed on site by two experienced beekeepers appointed by BBKA.

Details of this qualification can be found on the BBKA website.

Once you have obtained both the Advanced Theory Cetificate and the Advanced Husbandry Certificate you are now a Master Beekeeper.
The next stage (if you still have the energy! ) is to take the National Diploma in Beekeeping.


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  • Starvation Alert
    10 August 2020
    Bee Inspectors across the UK are reporting that many colonies are in need of food where honey has been harvested and nectar availability is reduced. Where starvation is a risk, replacement food needs to be provided.

    Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter. Sugar syrup should be made with 1kg of sugar to 650ml of warm water or a commercially ready-made bee syrup can be given.

    For further information, please see the Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar
  • This week (13-19 July) is Bees’ Needs Week
    10 July 2020
    Bees’ Needs Week is a campaign co-ordinated by Defra to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators, and to provide practical advice on what we can all do to support them. Many organisations are working together to encourage everyone who can, to do simple things at home - like growing more flowers and cutting grass less often - to help our precious pollinators thrive, and to engage further with nature through citizen science initiatives.
    There’s more information on the Bees’ Needs Website. Throughout the week a variety of content will be shared online including:
    • Why bees are important animation
    • Day in the life of a beekeeper video
    • Educational resources including bumble bee identification
    • Information on the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme
    Get involved with Bees’ Needs Week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #BeesNeeds
  • New Presentations Online
    11 June 2020
    The National Bee Unit is pleased to share a range of presentations created by Fera Science Ltd. presented by Kirsty Stainton on;
    Asian Hornet Biology
    Asian Hornet Genetics
    European foulbrood

    The presentations can be found on BeeBases pages on Asian hornet and Foulbrood.
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