Updated Module 1 Study Notes

Updates to preparing for winter, hive comparisons and clearing bees.

Module 1 Study Notes 112017


5 Responses to “Updated Module 1 Study Notes”

  1. Martin Says:

    Hello, section 1.16 of the Module 1 study notes, on feeding, mentions “Means of administering drugs” as a reason for feeding: I’ve been trying to find out what drugs might be administered in this way, but all I can find is sites based in N. America recommending it as a means of administrating Fumidil B, which is no longer licensed for use in the UK. Is this use of feeding still relevant in the UK?

    • seanbees Says:


      Thank you for pointing this out.

      The statement was applicable to fumidil when first written. It should be have been changed before now.

      I will edit the line to reflect something like:

      Feeding can be be used as a vehicle for delivering specific treatments e.g. oxalic acid for varroa, thymol for Nosema, pollen supplement. All of these employ sugar syrup.



      From: Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association Blog

      Sent: Wednesday, 3 October, 10:19 p.m.

      Subject: [Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association Blog] Comment: “Updated Module 1 Study Notes”

      To: sean@wendover.co.uk


      • Martin Says:

        Sorry, I’m back with another question: Dave Cushman describes the use of thymol in syrup as a Nosema treatment, but says that it is illegal in the UK. I couldn’t find an authorised oxalic acid treatment that involved syrup either — woudl be be safer to say “…. but none are currently authorised in the UK”?

      • seanbees Says:

        Dave Cushman may well be right that the application of thymol can be viewed as illegal. Thymol is not “officially” been recognised as a Nosema treatment. The Thymol syrup mix dates back to Manley and he was handed down the formula from another beekeeper. There does not seem to be any detailed scientific research into the subject, so can Thymol in syrup feed be treated the same as other organic feed additive products on the market or as a medicine?

        Basically the Vetinerary Medical Directorate under EU law says that a beekeeper is only allowed to feed bees approved products and the medicine must be applied inĀ  accordance with manufacturers instructions and recorded on medical record card.

        When applying oxalic acid an approved product like Apibioxal from an approved supplier should be used. Any of the dribble applications of oxalic acid can loosely be considered to be a form of feeding.

        When it comes to Thymol, I think it can be viewed differently. Most beekeepers add Thymol to sugar syrup to prevent fermentation of the sugar syrup. Thymol is approved for varroa treatments.

        Personally I believe Thymol is a good bet on managing Nosema, I am happy to feed my bees whilst treating with Apiguard with the idea some Thymol is consumed.

        I am not sure if this helps you at all. I am running a module 1 study group this winter so will be reviewing the whole document as part of that work. I may just drop the point.



        From: Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association Blog

        Sent: Sunday, 7 October, 11:28 a.m.

        Subject: [Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association Blog] Comment: “Updated Module 1 Study Notes”

        To: sean@wendover.co.uk


  2. Martin Says:

    Great, thanks … we might even try some of those on our bees.

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