Course: Sustainable Beekeeping Course

Bees for Development

Lydbrook, Gloucestershire
13th-14th May 2017 01600 714848 Beth Lovell

Cost: £180

Sectors: food, farming & organics, sustainability

Weekend course on Sustainable Beekeeping

Next Course: 13 - 14 May 2017

Weekend Courses on sustainable beekeeping are run by Bees for Development at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm, in the Wye Valley. We cover the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. Suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping.

Course content:

  • Meet the bees - a hands-on look at a honey bee colony
  • The natural lifecycle of honey bees - basic bee biology and ecology
  • Being a beekeeper - what does 'keeping bees' really mean?
  • The relationship between bees and flowers - pollination, plants and biodiversity
  • Honey bees in the landscape - seeing like a bee
  • The relationship between bees and people - a history of bees and beekeeping
  • Keeping bees healthy - what to do and when to act
  • Making and building low-cost hives - practical demonstration
  • Warre's People's hive, top-bar hives, frame hives: we look at each and help you chose which system is best for you
  • Beekeeping and sustainability - what does the future hold?

"It was friendly, accommodated various levels of knowledge, and offered a vision of sustainability in beekeeping without being prescriptive. I think we were all inspired! The balance of theory and practice was just right." Course participant, 2014

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