Bee-keeping is buzz for Kevin
LEARNING difficulties have not stopped Kevin Little from mastering a skill that has a sting in the tail.
The 50-year-old man, from Suffolk Road, is thrilled after passing his first exams with the British Beekeeping Association.
He spent a year learning the craft at a hive in Woodmancote before undergoing the one-hour assessment. And, after impressing his examiner, he is now qualified to look after bees and is hoping to produce his own honey.
"I'm really pleased," said Kevin. "I really enjoy beekeeping and get a lot out of doing it as a hobby. I go there as often as I can and passing this exam has only given me more encouragement.
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"Bees are so important to the environment so I'm glad to be doing my bit to look after them."
Among the skills Kevin had to show off to gain the qualification were lighting a smoker to make the bees sleepy, making frames to go in the hive and recognising the difference between a queen bee, a worker and a drone.
He also showed good knowledge of where the best places were to site hives and how to recognise diseases which could harm his swarm.
Ralph Ellis, who has been beekeeping for nearly 40 years, helped Kevin to train for the qualification.
The 52-year-old, said: "Kevin has done really well to get through the assessment.
"It means he will be able to practice bee keeping and shows he has learned a good deal about the theory behind it.
"Kevin has taken to it like a natural and I'm sure he will do very well."