November is a quieter month in the Apiary – though there are still things to do. If you are wondering what then have a look at the page on November tasks.
One of the tasks suggested is to sort out kit which is no longer needed. A couple of local beekeepers have done exactly that and as a result I have placed a couple of items on the For Sale page. One of the items is a honey extractor and the other is a shaker box. Do have a look and contact the sellers if you are interested.
At least one reader took my advice asnd is sorting out his library as well as his equipment and today I have added two books to the For Sale page.
Not been idle myself and in an attempt to make myself a better beekeeper I have started some pages of information pulling together much of what I know and more of what I do not know. Do have a look here and let me know if they are useful. You can get in touch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is not yet cold enough to worry about – though there was a frost this morning. It is cold enough to not open the hives. So what so we do in November in the apiary? This post will help you.
As I add in the post this is a good time of the year to be thinking about further study. Personally I have started to work my way through the modules on the BBKA site. There is so much out there on the net to help you with your studies. As before I recommend the Norfolk Honey Company videos on You Tube.
There are also a lot of lectures still available on line. This week I have registered on Eventbrite for a lecture by Dr Samuel Ramsey on Tropilaelaps. I have heard his talk on Varroa destructor and he is a most entertaining and informative speaker.
BBKA Module Exams 2022 If you are considering taking a BBKA module exam in 2022 then do be certain to check the new syllabus. There are significant differences between the November 2021 exams and the exams for 2022.
Just as an example the 2021 syllabus for Module 1 Honey Bee Management Syllabus says the syllabus covers the use of wax foundation, ways of getting wax fully drawn.
The new syllabus specifies that the syllabus now covers materials employed to emulate foundation as well as the use of wax foundation. It also requires the candidate to also know of the works of J.Mehring, E.B.Weed and Captain J.E. Hetherington.
It helps that the changes are in bold on the 2022 syllabus and this makes it much easier to see the changes. Personally I find the new syllabus much more informative and I now know where to direct my studies.
That is just looking at wax in Module 1. There are a lot more changes than this and rather than list the changes I suggest anyone considering taking one of the modules looks at the new syllabus on the BBKA website. More information on the exams can be found on the BBKA site.
We have a “For Sale” page which has proved very successful. In fact it is so successful the item which I advertised yesterday has already gone! Perhaps this can act as a reminder. Now is a good time to go through all your equipment, clean it and see what you still need. This is an ideal opportunity to sort it all out and what you do not need can be moved on to someone who does need it.
Whilst I have your attention a reminder of the honey survey. In an attempt to get a fuller picture based on facts rather than hearsay the BBKA is conducting a survey on honey yields. The survey is available from this link. it is available from now to the 25th October. Do respond. It also asks a couple of questions on training requirements. If you are still extracting then you still have a month to do the survey.
Even more whilst I have your attention do not forget that membership renewals are now due. The form is here from where it can be easily downloaded and processed. For those who prefer pdf format that is available here.
Well it has been a funny old year – in the meaning of peculiar rather than hilarious. There are reports of increased honey yields from some and from others there are reports of reduced honey yields.
In an attempt to get a fuller picture based on facts rather than hearsay the BBKA is conducting a survey on honey yields. The survey is available from this link. it is available from now to the 25th October. Do respond. It also asks a couple of questions on training requirements. If you are still extracting then you still have a month to do the survey.