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number of aspects ofSOUTH-WEST ENGLAND Tutor: Paul Lee
beekeeping. Instruction will be Date: 29 May to 1 June
Dorset given in the use of both high Time: 16.00 on Friday to 16.00 onand low power microscopes.
Association: Bournemouth and District MondayMicroscope slides will be
Course Title: BBKA Intermediate prepared of pollen from known Venue: Flatford Mill
Date: To suit flowers and compared with Cost: £306 (£276 shared room)preparations of pollen loads (£214 non–resident)
Venue: Bournemouth collected by a colony within Contact: Field Studies Council, Flatford
Contact: Paul Mann, 5 Moorings Close, range of them. Samples of Mill, East Bergholt, Suffolk
Poole BH15 4AL pollen from honey will be CO7 6UL
Telephone: 01202 773844 examined. A talk on pollination Telephone: 0845 330 7368
Email: will be followed by use of the Email:
Information: Regrettably the demand for dissecting microscope to study
modules has been poor. floral morphology in relation to Web:
However if there are four or pollination. High power
more people interested in microscopes will be used for Information: This short course is designed
taking these exams we will testing samples for spores of for general naturalists,
arrange a course. Nosema apis. Dissecting teachers, countrysidemicroscopes will be used for managers, wardens and
Acarapis woodi and honey bee rangers interested in learningADVANCED
dissection. Participants will more about this important and
prepare slides of honeybee threatened group of insects. In
legs, sting etc. The course will addition to enablingNorfolk
be useful to anyone intending participants to develop
Organiser: Applebee Apiary to take the microscopy identification skills, the course
Course Title: Queen Rearing and Making an examination of the British will also provide a brief
Increase Beekeepers’ Association. introduction to the biology andecology of bumblebees
See details under INTERMEDIATE especially in relation to their
Shropshire GENERAL conservation status. Fieldworksessions in several local
Organiser: Cornbrook Bee Farm habitats will introduce a range
Course Title: Instrumental Insemination Shropshire of techniques for finding and
Courses collecting bumblebees.Organiser: Field Studies Council
Tutor: Michael Collier Throughout the course theCourse Title: Introduction to Bumblebees
Date: June, July, August emphasis will be on developing and Solitary Bees the skills of field identification
Venue: Cornbrook Bee Farm Tutors: Ian Cheeseborough of live animals but this
Contact: Michael Collier, Cornbrook Bee Date: 22–24 May approach will be supported by
Farm, Cornbrook Cottage, laboratory workshops to further
Nash, Ludlow SY8 3AU Venue: Preston Montford Field Centre practise identification skills
Telephone: 01584 890236 Cost: £230 (£210 shared room) especially of the more difficult(£147 non resident)
Information: Three day courses in June, July species. This will require the
and August. Please phone Contact: Preston Montford Field Centre, collection and preparation of
Michael for details. Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, voucher specimens includingShropshire SY4 1DX
Organiser: Cornbrook Bee Farm some dissection.Telephone: 0845 330 7368
Course Title: Queen Rearing Email: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Tutor: Michael Collier Association: Federation of Irish
Date: June, July, August Web: Beekeepers’ Associations
Venue: Cornbrook Bee Farm Information: The aim of the course is to Course Title: Summer Course
Contact: Michael Collier, Cornbrook Bee introduce the participants to the Guest
Farm, Cornbrook Cottage, more commonly encountered Lecturer: Celia Davis
Nash, Ludlow SY8 3AU bumblebees and solitary bees Date: 20–25 July
Telephone: 01584 890236 in gardens and the wider
Information: Two-day courses in June, July countryside. Emphasis will be Time: Opening Ceremony 19.00
and August. Please phone placed on field identification but Venue: Franciscan College,
Michael for details. there will be ample opportunity Gormanston, Co Meath, Ireland
to study and identify prepared Cost: Rooms 310 euros; DormitorySuffolk
specimens using entomological 295 euros. Closing date 17 July
Organiser: Field Studies Council keys and microscopes. Time will Contact: Michael Woulfe, Railway
Course Title: Microscopy for Beekeepers be spent in the field to enable House, Midleton, Co Cork,bees to be caught and identified
Tutor: John Cowan, NDB Republic of Irelandbefore release. Presentations
Date: 15 May to 17 May Telephone: 00 353 21 4631011will be given to explain
Time: 16.00 on Friday to 16.00 on bumblebee ecology and Email: via Eddie
Sunday conservation as well as a O’Sullivan
Venue: Flatford Mill general introduction to other Information: The Summer Course caters forHymenoptera. At the end of the
Cost: £202 (£182 shared room) all levels and also hascourse everyone should be able
(£142 non-resident) workshops on various aspectsto identify confidently some of of beekeeping such as making
Contact: Field Studies Council, Flatford the species and have a hives, assembling frames,
Mill, East Bergholt, Suffolk knowledge of the other social preparing beeswax for
CO7 6UL bumblebees and cuckoo modelling, etc. The venue is
Telephone: 0845 330 7368 bumblebees. about 20 miles north of
Email: Suffolk Dublin. Approx 30 mins fromDublin Airport. Special bus
Web: Association: Field Studies Council from airport to college on
Information: This is a practical course using Course Title: Identifying Bumblebees and Monday at 16.00. Return to
microscopes for the study of a Cuckoobees airport at 13.00 on Saturday.
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