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For the health and safety for the members of the group, the bees and to confirm to the terms and conditions agreed by our insurance and land owners on which we practice bee husbandry, all members, volunteers and other parties MUST agree to and abide by the following terms and conditions.

Payment of Membership

All membership fees are calculated at £5 per week based on the amount of training is expected through the duration of the season for the individual. Based on a new member, there are 12-13 weeks of knowledge training delivered totalling the cost of £60 for the individual. This money goes towards new colonies for the season, swarms and any queen rearing or apiary gardening/pollinator projects.

Full knowledge and skills training is based on a 39-40 week season consisting of 12-13 weeks of knowledge as above and 26-27 weeks of practical sessions weather permitting totalling £195.

Returning members who have already contributed to the group can attend all session for £130 for the season.

If new or returning members wish to spread the cost of their membership, a non-returnable deposit of £50 is needed to secure the place and the remaining of the cost can be split of the months leading the start of the training.

It is expected that all members pay the entirety of their membership fee by 1st January each year to allow for the group to buy supplied in the January sales.

All payments must be made by bank transfer to:

Bank Name: BeeEducated

Sort Code:30-96-26

Account: 20943468

Communication – We use FaceBook & Zoom!

Our official address is: BeeEducated, Wilmslow Animal Sanctuary, Eccups Lane, Wilmslow Cheshire, SK9 5LN

Contact & Swarm number: 0161 821 1947

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Equality & Diversity

We have a diverse group of members who come from a range of different backgrounds and members are expected to respect and not offend other members of the group intentionally or repeatedly.

Knowledge & Skill Training Sessions

Biosecurity

Equipment

Training eticate

Swarm Collections & Quarantine Procedure

BE Shop

Apiary Training Sessions

Suitable footwear such as wellington boots must be worn at the Apiary.

Members will attend on time and report to reception at the time of activity.
· Members must not enter the paddocks or Apiary unattended or without permission.
· Beekeeping suits are to be worn at all times in the Apiary. Your suit should be on and the hood should be attached.
· During the beekeeping season, (April to October) colonies MUST be inspected every 7–10 days and most inspections will take place on a Sunday unless agree with the Apiary Manager.


· Within your allocated group, you will manage the colony, ensuring that it is inspected, taking into account holidays and the weather. The needs of your group's colony must be put first.
· Planned non-attendance needs to be reported at reception to ensure your group is aware and arrangements can be made to support you colony if needed.
· Property of the group is maintained and cleaned.
· Activities such as re-queening, giving treatments or performing shook swarms and merges must be agree with the Apiary Manager before carrying out the activity.
· Records are completed, kept and updated on BeeBase.
· The needs of the Apiary come first and all members need to ensure that it has sufficient funds to continue to operate and support the colonies.
· Any swarms collected are to become the BeeEducated group's property if the swarm's location is identified by members of the community.
· All members will respect each other and treat people fairly in line with the equality act.
· All members will respect the rules of the Animal Sanctuary and its residents. 

Any member deemed to be noncompliant with the commitments and Code of Conduct may be asked to leave the group and have their membership terminated without warning. 

Learn Beekeeping in 2019

Training starts in January with 12 weekly theory sessions to get everyone ready for the 2019 season. The theory is for anyone who is interested in learning what you can do to support bees, what it takes to become beekeeper and the steps you need to take to get through a beekeeping season with health bees and honey!
Practical training sessions take over the theory from April and continue for another 26 weeks. You will be alerted to swarms and be invited to collect and hive them in a quarantine apiary. You will learn valuable lessons most weeks and be able to respond as problems arise by treating, feeding and splitting when needed. You will be supported by skilled and experienced beekeepers to ensure that everything goes to plan.

Theory Only - There is a total of 12 sessions between January and March cost a total of £60.
Theory & Practical – Following on from the theory training sessions, you will be invited to an addition 26 weeks of practical beekeeping sessions where you will manage a colony throughout the season. The 12 theory and 26 practical sessions total at £195. You will need to buy your own suit but please don’t buy one before joining! All will be explained!

Wilmslow – Monday evenings at 6:30pm starting on Monday 7th January 2019.
10 places available for both theory and practical!
Chorlton – Tuesday evenings at 6pm starting on 8th January 2019.
20 places available for theory and 6 places for practical.

Please check availability before sending payment to reserve your place. Send a message on Facebook @BeeEducatedWilmslow, email secretary@BeeEdcuated.co.uk or call 0161 821 1947.
Payment Account name: BeeEducated – Sort code: 30-96-26 Account: 20943468. Please add a suitable reference to identify your name and allocated apiary.

Enrolment and induction

Monday, January 1, 2018 - Enrolment opens for all 2018 members
Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 1pm Induction at BEHQ
Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 3pm Induction at BEBD
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 1pm Induction at BERB

Theory sessions

Monday, January 8, 2018 - Theory - Apis Meliffera, food, habitat and life cycles
Monday, January 15, 2018 - Theory - Beehives, equipment and colony costs
Monday, January 22, 2018 - Theory - Role of the beekeeper
Monday, January 29, 2018 - Theory - Swarming
Monday, February 5, 2018 - Theory - Life, death and bee sex
Monday, February 12, 2018 - Theory - Making an increase
Monday, February 19, 2018 - Theory - Queen rearing
Monday, February 26, 2018 - Theory - Varroa Mites & Braula
Monday, March 5, 2018 - Theory - Integrated Pest Management & Treatments
Monday, March 12, 2018 - Theory - Adult bee diseases
Monday, March 19, 2018 - Theory - Brood diseases & notifiable infections
Monday, March 26, 2018 - Theory - Other problems & notifiable pests
Monday, April 2, 2018 - Theory - recap of health & safety, equipment and inspections and records. Frame making!

Practical sessions

Monday, April 9, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Varroa Boards in, Frame making.
Monday, April 16, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Varroa Count, Frame making.
Monday, April 23, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Frame Making
Monday, April 30, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Shook Swarm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Frame Making
Monday, May 14, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Frame Making
Monday, May 21, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Frame Making
Monday, May 28, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Frame Making
Monday, June 4, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Frame Making
Monday, June 11, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Frame Making
Monday, June 18, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Frame Making
Monday, June 25, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Frame Making
Monday, July 2, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Varroa Boards in
Monday, July 9, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Varroa Count
Monday, July 16, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & MAQ Strips on
Monday, July 23, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & MAQ Strips off
Monday, July 30, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection
Monday, August 6, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection
Monday, August 13, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection
Monday, August 20, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection - Bee samples
Monday, August 27, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection - Microscopy
Monday, September 3, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Feed
Monday, September 10, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Feed
Monday, September 17, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Feed
Monday, September 24, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Feed
Monday, October 1, 2018 - Practical - BEHQ 6:16 - Inspection & Bees to bed

 

From April to October you will join one of three apiary groups, Wilmslow (BEHQ), Hale Barnes (BEBD) and Chorlton (BERB). When securing a place on the training programme, please check that there is space at your desired apiary as places are limited. Before making payment please contact the BE Secretary to check there is space available. Once you have checked availability, payment can be made by bank transfer and your contact details will be kept by the Secretary until enrolment starts between 1st and 6th January

To contact the group secretary, go to Facebook @BeeEducatedWilmslow and use the message button to ask about availability.

New Member - As a new Beekeeper on our course, you will be responsible for the health and welfare of a colony of bees, guided by the Apiary manager and other members of the BeeEducated group, once you have completed all the theory sessions. You will learn how to manage a colony through the seasons and how to prevent, identify and deal with many of the issues that harm honey bees in the UK.
The cost of the training is £164 and is none refundable. For new members who are unemployed, retired or economically inactive, a concession is available at £123. Please ensure you can attend the theory and practical session along with check availability at your chosen apiary before making a payment.

Children over 8 can attend free with a paying adult.

Continuing Membership - Thank you for coming back! We hope you will join us in supporting new beekeepers again this year! Membership is £124 or £93 with concession. There is an additional membership group for part time continuing members who work shifts or have health problems that will mean that they will not be attend at least 50% of the events. This option is only available by prior approval from the HQ Apiary Manager. Part time membership is £50.

Your Membership will also be used to purchase necessary equipment, food and insurances to support the bee's and the educational project. This is to supplement any grants and donations we may receive alongside any fundraising activities we may undertake.
Payment
Once you have checked that there is space at your chosen apiary, you can transfer your membership fee to the BeeEducated bank account.
Please ask for the account details. Please put your name as a reference and then contact the secretary via Facebook to check that payment has been received. The secretary will take your name and number and reserve your place, ready for enrolment and induction in January.

Please read our enrolment and induction post here!

 

For enrolment to take place, members should have paid their membership fee as per the information on the membership page. Once payment has been received, the enrolment will take place.

A link to the enrolment form will be given out from 1st January 2018. The enrolment form will ask you to create an account where you can create, update and remove your personal details. You will be asked to upload 2 emergency contact details, any information needed in case of a medical emergency such as medication and medical conditions along with your address and date of birth. This data will be encrypted on a GDPR approved server. Once you have completed all of the enrolment form including a photo, you will be given an induction date.

If you would like to receive text messages to alert you of a swarm, you must opt in either at enrolment or by updating your details. By accessing your account you can opt In or out from swarm alert messages at any time.

THE INFORMATION GATHERED AND STORED IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY! In the event of an emergency the Photo ID is needed to release your emergency details. If you lose your ID you must report it lost to the secretary immediately. It is your responsibility to ensure your details are up to date as it is not possible for anyone to check for you.

Your ID will also be used to sign in and out of sessions so you must keep it with you at all times when attending events.

Please note that thisaccount will expire on 31/12/2018 and all data will be deleted to ensure we comply with the GDPR coming into effect from May 2018.

Induction will take place at BeeEducated HQ on Saturday 6th January, (Wilmslow)) at 1pm. Then at 3pm at BD (Brooks Drive Hale Barnes). Then again, Sunday 7th January at 1pm RB (River Bank Chorlton). Please ensure you bring wellies and a bee suit if you have one as we have a limited number of spares available. You will not be allowed to participate in the treatment of Oxalic Acid unless you have your Photo ID, wellies and a borrowed or owned veil.

All members are encouraged to join the BeeEducated Members Facebook group where all event will be listed. Members can share information pics and comments. There will be a regular quiz held on this group and members are encouraged to participate for fun. Any updates to training or events will be listed in this group and once a SWARM has been made, updates on the swarms progress via pics and comments will be on a post on this group.

 

As of May 2018, there is new legislation on Data Protection coming into effect which is called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This will enforce greater penalties for breaches of personal information. As, a data handler and controller and being responsible for teaching information handling in my main job role, I want to ensure that BE2018 does not fail to meet these requirements.

On 1st December 2017, all emails addresses held by BeeEducated will be emailed, giving information about the BE2018 project and notified that as of this email, we will no longer store any personal data relating to the person who the email address belongs to. They are invited to join BE2018 by contacting the Secretary and can keep up to date via the Facebook page @BeeEducatedWilmslow. (This ensures that the data subject has the right to remove themselves if they no longer wish to receive information and updates.)

Between 1st and 31st December 2017, all whatsapp and Facebook groups will be closed, except the closed Facebook group named "BeeEducated Members Group", where current members will be removed and BE2018 members will be invited. Members have the opportunity to accept/decline or leave this group at any time. Members are responsible for their own privacy settings on their Facebook accounts which enables BeeEducated members to contact other members without gaining or holding personal information.

On 31st December BeeEducated will no longer have access to anyone's personal data except from the names and contact number of members who have paid for BE2018 to secure places or for returning members. These will be held by the secretary until enrolment has been completed.

The enrolment process will enable you to create a secure account, where personal details will only be give out in the event of an emergency. We will produce a Photo ID card which will be needed for every BE session.

From January 2018 all members will have a BE account where the can edit, update and remove personal data, and be able to delete personal data should they want to. BE will only be able to access personal information in the event of an emergency and at the end of the season, your account and personal details will be deleted automatically. If you continue your membership in 2019, you will be required to complete a new enrolement.

I hope you understand that as a not for profit group, none compliance of the GDPR for, may 2018 could cause difficulty for us in the future and the changes that will take place will be for the benefit of the groups future.

The start of the season took off with a high, as new members, Ash, Ros, Eric, Rufus and Jillian joined the group and attended the first practical session (Varroa Treatment) of the year. Unfortunately, we were greeted with the problems that bees have with overwintering, as queen Eva, our relentless protector of the apiary was destroyed, displaying signs of dysentery and robbing. The remains of the colony were destroyed and hive parts disinfected to prevent further spreading of the problem.
Unfortunately, 2017 has been our worst year for infections, diseases and queen rearing, with some hives failing to build up through summer. This has had an impact on the number of colonies that we have ready for winter and on reflection, I believe we can learn from this years events.
At the start of the year, the group had two projects to focus on which never took off. The ideas to raise money for the bases of the green houses failed and the project to raise and keep queens in a bank also failed due to the poor start to the season and hive buildups. I feel that the lack of food available for forage around the BeeEducated Apiary prevented early build up, leading to colonies not being strong enough to build up stores quickly enough.
In previous years I have had full supers going into May which I have removed, harvested honey from forage in the months of June, July, August, and replaced Spring supers for winter. I cannot help but feel that the current Apiary is not supporting the colonies with sufficient food and nutrients.
For first time, no shook swarms or frame changes using the bailey method, have been performed. I am sure that has had an impact on the health of the colonies this year too. As a group we are poor at spending time to maintain the hives and apiary and our Assets Manager had a rough year with injury and illness! Poor Kizz has had infections and nearly lost her fingers whilst making hive parts.
Going forward, I wish to adapt the rotation method for cleaning hive parts and maintenance as the MDBKA does, which enables learning the flow of all aspects of beekeeping.
This year, we have taken advantage of offers from Beekeepers and the public to keep hives in their garden and green spaces, and these hives have done better because of the access to better forage.
The theory sessions of 2016 has led to better informed and educated group members when it comes to infections and diseases as per the online learning. This is something that needs to continue, to increase awareness and to help identify potential issues going forward.

Finances & Assets

For the first time, we have bought our own Public Liability and Contents Insurance, and we have sold a few items and made a small profit on. We have a stock of second quality roofs, cover boards, brood frames and foundations which we will either use or sell on to members of the group.
At the time of writing this article, I have just placed an order for Varroacides, for the winter and some monies are to be collected to pay for ordered items. The total funds available at the moment in time is £67.89. Although this amount seems low, the group is at its largest in terms of value, in assets and stock.
This year, we have not applied for or received any grants from any charities or companies.

Plans for 2018

Having reflected on the events from this season, I feel that further efforts should be made to make the apiary full of forage for our bees and other pollinators. I would like to have another attempt to raise funds to pay for the green houses to have a base and to be fully functional either at the BeeEducated Apiary or another site. The apiary should take advantage of the planks for the raised beds to give more places for flowering plants.
Having acquired the materials for queen rearing, I feel we should make a better attempt to raise and mate queens for our use and to sell. This could generate an income for the group. The location of where this would take place would depend on the forage and health of colonies.
As our group grows stronger, we need to recruit new members while encouraging existing members to continue learning and helping improve the stocks of honey bee colonies in the area. Although member contributions pay for the running of the group, there is a need to apply for grants for a large shed to secure our assets and equipment.
If any member of the committee or group would like to take charge of any of the above projects, please let me know as any help would be really appreciated.

Final Word

This year has made me realise that there is something to be said for the type of breed of a bee. We have experienced the Black (Amms) bee which lead to disappointment and the Buckfast which has lead to prolifically and health!
Preparation need to be made from January to be ready for all hives to be shook swarmed and to be prepared for swarms. More effort is needed to maintain equipment and hygiene. We need to recruit more members for 2018 and membership prices should remain the same.

A colony of honey bees spotted by a photographer at Chatfield is creating a bit of buzz In Colorado in the Untied States of America.

Nesting on an open branch at the state park. Mario Padilla an Entomologist with the Butterfly Pavilion thinks it is unusual.

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Padilla says these are honey bees, good for honey and pollination services. When not kept in boxes by keepers they can nest in hollowed logs and other places, but not typically out in the open.

He says the bees construct wax in sheets as seen in the photos, but we usually don't get to see it because of where they choose to nest.

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Padilla has seen these types of hives before, but mostly in places with mild winters. He says he's not sure if the hive will be able to generate enough heat to survive the cold Colorado temperatures this winter.

A link to the original story is here.

He calls them sheets, we would call them combs, hence 'honeycomb'.