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    Default March 2013: Module 2

    I've put it off for long enough so in the spring I'm going to try and get module 2 out of the way. Our Association has a study group kicking off in january but I thought I'd kick off another thread to discuss it here for anyone else considering taking the exam.

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    David Aston & Sally Bucknall's plants/bees book (I forget the title!) appears to have been written with that module in mind

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    Default March 2013: Module 2

    Is that the new one just out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neils View Post
    Is that the new one just out?
    No, although it's a lovely book, this is the one that I was thinking of:

    p010305_m_Aston.jpg

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    I enjoyed doing Mod 2.
    Hooper has some good info. on temperatures etc.
    Celia Davis (Out & About) has a couple of good chapters.
    I found Yates OK on this, the older version would suffice.

    Forgot to say, one of the BBKA information leaflets re. labeling is useful.
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    Well we kicked off tonight. Having a senior honey judge leading the study group has got to be a bonus I feel.

    I have to admit that this is a module that I want to get out of the way in some respects and an evening discussing the finer points of honey labels perhaps reinforced the point. That said there were some interesting bits, heather honey extraction, for example, which is something I can't too easily get first hand experience of.

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    I sympathise Neil. Mod 2 isn't one I especially enjoyed - honey regs and labelling requirements not exactly the stuff of dreams.

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    I have a sneaky suspicion that I might be re-sitting this one in November.

    By and large nothing too controversial on the paper itself, but both the 30 point questions, despite saying 25 points, were essentially about regulations. One on Label requirements with a somewhat bemusing 15 point element on how a Beekeeper could establish the source(s) of their honey. While Melissopalynology is an option I suppose as is beekeeper examination of the contained pollen under a microscope, I personally thought those skills outside the remit of your average beekeeper so opted for the lesser of two evils around the requirements for honey extraction from a beekeeper's kitchen and commercial premises but with no real conviction that I've done particularly well on it.

    Spending all week drawing apple flowers paid off though

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    Yes similar on mOd 6 Neil. I wondered where all the marks were coming from in the various sections.
    Of course driving home I suddenly remembered various points that would have given me a few extra.
    I still think 1.5 hours leaves no time for thinking, only getting down all those details that give you marks and it then it becomes a rush to finish.
    Spending all week learning about mating, DCa's and pheromones yielded nothing.

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    Mod 3 I think went ok but found myself writing furiously trying to get the relevant points down in the allotted time, and for once I don't think I waffled too much (the examiners will no doubt have their own views on that )

    Did anyone miss their exam because of the weather?

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