Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association Education Programme

Winter Study Groups

These Study Groups are loosely based on the Syllabuses for the Module Examinations of the BBKA.

Each course will consist of about seven sessions, beginning in October 2018 and ending in February-March 2019 in time for people to prepare to sit the examination if they so wish. Please note there is absolutely no pressure on people to take the exam, nor any expectation that they should do so.

The Study Groups are open to any member of Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association who has at least three years’ experience of keeping bees and has passed the BBKA Basic Assessment, preferably with Credit.

There may be a small charge to cover venue hire and refreshments.


Study Group Module 1 – Honey Bee Management

This study group will be led by Pete Sutcliffe and, depending on numbers, will probably take place at his house in Holmes Chapel. The first meeting of the group will probably be Monday 19th November, starting at 7.30. However both time and venue of meetings will be chosen to suit those attending. We will try to find a meeting place which is reasonably central to the group.

The group will be looking at:

  • Advising beginners, siting of apiaries and apiary hygiene;
  • Hives, frames, spacing and foundation;
  • The year’s work in the apiary;
  • Feeding honeybees and the value of nectar, pollen, water and propolis to the colony;
  • Swarming and control of swarming;
  • Nuclei – the various uses of nucleus colonies and how to make them up;
  • Queenlessness, drone-laying queens and laying workers;
  • Bee-stings.

For further details, contact Pete Sutcliffe at or 01477 532171.


Study Group Module 5 – Honey Bee Biology

This Study Group will be led by Pam and Stuart Hatton and depending on numbers, will probably take place at their house, starting Thursday 25th October 2018 at 7.30pm. If an alternative venue has to be found (probably Frodsham Community Centre) there will be a small charge.

The group will be looking at:

  • How bees eat and digest
  • The excretory system
  • The respiratory system
  • The circulatory system
  • The nervous system
  • The reproductive system
  • The various glands and their functions
  • The development of the egg, larva, pupa and adult bee
  • The anatomy of the honeybee
  • The castes and how they develop
  • Pheromones and their roles
  • How the bee stings
  • How the bee flies

For further details please contact Pam or Stuart at, or Tel: 01925 263023


Study Group Module 6 – Honey Bee Behaviour

This study group will be led by Graham Platt and will start mid-November, at a venue near Northwich. Charge probably around £15.

The Study Group will cover:

  • the stages of life and various roles of the worker
  • mating behaviour
  • swarming behaviour
  • decision-making by the colony
  • learning behaviour

For further details, contact Graham at

If you have any questions about any of the above courses, please feel free to contact Pete Sutcliffe ( or 01477 532171 – or if you have suggestions for other training that CBKA could organise).