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Courses and workshops in keeping poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, quails and turkeys), pigs, goats, heavy horses and donkeys. Bees too! Learn the skills you need to care for and raise these animals properly. The course may cover skills such as foot care, feeding, breeding, rearing, ploughing, using a harness and cart (for the horses and donkeys).

Basic Beekeeping at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. An informal but comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, including a brief history of the honeybee and similar insects, and their use in the garden and agriculture. Course participants will gain an understanding of the bee’s lifestyle, individual duties and contribution to the colony’s life and development. You will learn how to identify the Queen, Worker and male Drone bee before selecting equipment and suitable locations for hives. General...
How can we ensure the survival of honey bees? This weekend Course on sustainable beekeeping is run by Bees for Development at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm, in the Wye Valley.  The Course covers the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. Course content: Meet the bees - a hands-on look at honey bee colonies housed in different hives The natural life-cycle of honey bees - bee biology and ecology Being a...
If you've ever wanted to keep bees, there's no better time to begin! Whether you're keen to learn everything you need to know to get you started in hobby beekeeping, or simply extremely interested in the idea of keeping bees, this 1-day fun and interactive workshop will teach you the fascinating secrets of the honeybee and how to care for and keep bees in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. Our Bee Keeping for Beginners...
Next course on 28th October 2017
Taxidermy - A Mouse In A Day Tutor: Jools Abbey The art of taxidermy is in preparing, stuffing and then mounting the skins of animals for display. These could be as hunting trophies, or for museum use or maybe the preservation of a beloved pet. Taxidermy is a Greek word for "arrangement of skin". On this one-day course you will learn the basic art using a mouse. Don't worry, it will have been bought from...
Next course on 29th September 2017
Ploughing with Heavy Horses at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Learn the basics of ploughing, including how to harness a pair of heavy horses and prepare the plough for work in the field in this in-depth two day course (course runs Friday/Saturday). Through hands-on experience, you will develop an understanding of the basic settings for ploughing a field with two horses. Suitable for beginners, with a maximum of four participants per course. This course is...
Next course on 30th September 2017
***SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING COURSE*** Would you like to know how to keep bees sustainably, on a small scale? Many people would like a colony of honeybees in their garden, and on this course I will show you how a hive works, and how to keep your bees happy and healthy with minimal intervention. Topics covered include: What type of hive Where to site your hive Overview of sustainable management Swarming Equipment needed Costs involved Plants for...
Join us to learn the basics of wet felting, one of the oldest fibre arts. In this half day (3 hours) course you will be introduced to the art of wet felting and have the opportunity to create your own wet felt work of art using processed British Shetland wool in a range of colours. You will be guided through the steps, making a small wet felted piece (usually a felted flower). This is followed...
Next course on 7th October 2017
This course is aimed at people who have some experience of keeping bees, and would like to know how to manage an ongoing hive in a sustainable manner. We discuss techniques to keep your colony in good health and productivity, how to deal with the many and varied matters that arise from keeping bees naturally. There is also time to ask questions and discuss specific queries as this is a fantastic way to learn about...
This one day course is designed for you to discover whether alpacas are for you. We cover topics from how to choose the right alpacas for you, what routine care is required, what medications are commonly used, their nutritional needs, how to spot signs of ill-health, together with plenty of hands-on experience with these enchanting animals. To ensure that everyone gets the most out of our course the numbers are restricted to a maximum of...
Next course on 12th May 2018
Badgers Tutor: Bob Cowlin Time: 4.00 - 10.30 (depending on the badgers/weather) Spend an afternoon and evening learning about the life cycle and habits of badgers, how to tell a badger sett from a rabbit hole and how to watch them in the wild. The course starts off with an illustrated talk, followed by a two hour leisurely walk over the beautiful rough country around Assington Mill farm where you will be shown identifying features...