Next Improvers course will be on Saturday 17th March 2018

At Brigsteer Village Hall, near Kendal (LA8 8AL)

Course Information

Julia & Martin will run an Improver Course for Beekeepers which will be available to members of PBKA as well as beekeepers from other Beekeeper Associations . It will be of interest to anyone who has been a beekeeper for at least one year and would like to improve their skills, knowledge and understanding about beekeeping.
Julia is a highly experienced beekeeper and trainer. She and Martin run the Brigsteer Bee Reserve, just outside Kendal. More information about Julia, the Bee Reserve and her training programmes, along with course feedback, can be found at

The Improver Course for Beekeepers is a one day course. 9.00.-5.00.p.m
Although the course does NOT include work with live bees it is still very ‘hands on’.
It will combine theory with practise and will cover the following topics:
Swarming ; Queen rearing; Apidea;
Nosema identification and management including microscopy *
Integrated approaches to varroa recognition and management
New comb ; Record keeping
*Participants will be asked to bring a sample of dead bees for analysis.
Prior to the course, delegates will be invited to complete a ‘knowledge assessment’ so their individual needs can be addressed.

Fee: £40 (non-refundable deposit £10) This includes tuition and all snacks. Please bring a packed lunch
You are advised to take a USB (min 1GB) stick with you so that the course notes can be copied onto it.
Places are limited. To avoid disappointment early booking is advisable! To provisionally reserve a place please E mail/ telephone :
E mail: Tel: 015395 60869 (evenings) Text: 07570583461

When you have provided your contact details a course application form and knowledge assessment proforma will be forwarded to you.

Closing date: The application form must be returned with full payment to Julia by Friday 2nd March 2018.

You can download an application form here

Please note this course is held at Brigsteer Village Hall