21 October 2021 – Ken Basterfield – Bees Wax. Members talk at the Lyndhurst Community Centre

Ken was first introduced to bees at 6 years old, but began beekeeping upon graduating in 1971. He increased in numbers until running 150 colonies by 1979, running these as a semi-commercial outfit in parallel with his day job. Ken took his BBKA Preliminary, Intermediate, Senior, and Senior Practical certificates, before obtaining his National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) in 1996. During that time, he completed a wide range of beekeeping including stock selection and breeding from the best locally-adapted performers & extensive queen raising. Ken has tried out most of the management techniques on large scale trials leading to ‘best fit’ tools and techniques for his own beekeeping environment.

Ken is a member of Devon BKA, and has held various positions such as Apiary Manager, Branch Secretary, and County Show Chairman. He was a founder member of the Devon Apicultural Research Group (DARG) in 1979, and for many years has been an examiner for BBKA Basic, General & Advanced Husbandry, and for the National Diploma in Beekeeping. He has been a member of the BBKA Examination board, a BBKA Trustee, and a member of the NDB board since 1998.

As NDB Course Director, Ken has run the well respected annual residential NDB Advanced Course since 1998. He also sought the funding for and created the NDB’s Short Course programme, which ran 2-day beekeeping courses around the UK from 2011-2019.

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