BBKA Basic Assessment
“You Look Nervous”
I took the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Basic Assessment in July. It was tougher than I had presumed. I wish I had been available to attend the preparation session the weekend before.
Despite some last minute revision the night before, the assessment didn’t start well.
I assumed, wrongly, that there would be a beekeeping suit and gloves for me at the apiary. The assessor handed me a very thin, half-suit, and so… Read More
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Beekeeping can be a full time profession or a hobby that is simple. Nonetheless, more often than not, what started as a hobby would turn into a profession. But you cannot simply decide and tell yourself that you will start to do beekeeping. You need to have satisfactory knowledge and understanding on the field that you are going to enter before beginning on any hobby or profession. Then it is about time to indulge yourself, if you’ve been putting off your interest in beekeeping for quite a long time. Bee farming may look easy; learning the fundamental beekeeping lessons can get you off to a good beginning.
What does a beekeeper must know?
You should have interest that is total on beekeeping to begin at the right foot. You need to spend time taking care of your colonies of bees. You should have also consented to share your home space with the bees. There are possible dangers in beekeeping that can damage you but your family also. Then you must know the supplies and equipment that you will use for beekeeping, if you decide to allow the bees inside your living space. Your focus isn’t just to build an income by selling honey; a great beekeeper should have a keen interest and passion in raising bees.
An apiarist should know the right location for the beehives. The place must have adequate sources of nectar for the bees to get. You have to make sure beekeeping is enabled in your area, if you decide to set your beehives at your backyard. There are several places confined to beekeeping; you should get permission about this.
Beekeepers must know whether beekeeping supplies are available in the place where the beehives are situated. You may never understand when you need to go to a neighborhood beekeeping store; it’s best that a nearby beekeeping shop is not inaccessible.
Equipment and protective supplies are also important for beekeepers to understand. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the outfit that is ideal must be worn during beekeeping sessions. This will lessen the odds of being stung by your bees. Know the appropriate suit to choose to keep you from any potential danger in beekeeping.
In case you are unable to harvest honey from your bees all the beekeeping attempts would be ineffective. The methods should be known by a beekeeper in collecting the honey from your comb; beeswax is also part of the returns in beekeeping.