General Husbandry Training
At Dallinghoo on Saturday, 22nd April
and at Easton College on Saturday 13th May, 2017

While this training is aimed at those intending shortly to take their General Husbandry Assessment, all do not need to be of that standard to join the course. You will learn from the day and from the others attending. The more you know, the better your beekeeping will be. If in any doubt at all, do come. In this training there will be no attempt made to cover all you need to know to be successful in the BBKA’s General Husbandry Assessment but we will be focussing on those subjects that usually give the most difficulty.

It will be led by Paul Metcalf, NDB, assisted by Jeremy Quinlan, Master Beekeeper. Please see the BBKA website and read the General Husbandry guidelines and syllabus there. That is best done now - it should certainly be done BEFORE joining us for the first day of the course!

Saturday 22nd April - This will be all in the classroom.

09:30 - 10:00

Dallinghoo Village Hall, IP13 0JX open for coffee, etc.

10:00 - 11:00

Disease recognition and control

Jeremy Quinlan

11:00 - 12:00

Colony natural history in relation to colony management.

Paul Metcalf

12:00 - 13:00

Queen rearing
There is also a queen rearing course in Dallinghoo: May 14, 21 & 28, 10:00-12:00.)

Jeremy Quinlan

13:00 - 13:30

Lunch; please bring your own sandwiches


13.30 - 14:30

Swarming and methods of swarm control.

Paul Metcalf

14:30 - 15:30

Honey handling.

Jeremy Quinlan

15:30 - 16:00

Discussion. Tea/coffee and cake.



Saturday 13th May - This will be all in the apiary - bee suits, etc. are needed.

09:30 - 10:00

Easton College apiary; this is just north-east of the College - see map. It will be signposted from the College. For satnav, please use NR9 5EA (junction of Bawburgh Rd and Hall Rd, not NR9 5DX).

12:00 - 12:30

If it is fine we will be in the apiary and we can eat our sandwiches there. If it is so wet that we have to use a classroom, the College authorities stipulate ‘no food’ so we will have to eat our sandwiches outside in our cars or the refectory may be open.

Lunch; please bring your own sandwiches.

Tea & coffee will be available.

12:30 - 14:00

Handling techniques
Making up and moving nuclei 

Paul Metcalf

14:00 - 14:30

Clipping and marking queens
Bailey Comb Change

Jeremy Quinlan

14:30 - 15:00

Mock General Husbandry assessment:
A dummy run through what happens and what to expect.

Paul Metcalf &
Jeremy Quinlan

15:00 - 15:30


Tea/coffee and cake.


The cost is £20.00 for the two days.

Please bring your own sandwiches on each day

Any questions email Jeremy Quinlan ( or call 01473 737700.

To book please complete the form below:

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Payment - Bank payment to Ipswich & E Suffolk BKA with your surname as reference (bank details: sort code 20-44-51 a/c 10570028) or make a cheque payable to: I&ESBKA and send to the Treasurer Jackie McQueen, 643 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8NE