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Beekeeping courses, classes and workshops taught across the UK. A healthy bee population is essential to human survival - we totally rely on them to pollinate our crops and keep the cycle of life going. You can learn from an apiarist or beekeeper and understand how to maintain bees to promote productive hives and plenty of honey. You can learn to keep beehives in farmed countryside, woodlands and urban back gardens (or rooftops!). Learn how to set up an apiary, identify different members of the hive, what equipment you'll need, beekeeping terminology, the life cycle of the bee, the bee calendar, bee diseases to watch out for and Queen-Rearing.

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Learn how to weave a skep.  You will make your skep from a long straw wheat with cane lapping. The course tutor will explain how to split bramble and willow as needed. You will be able to make about one third of your skep during the day, and take home the skills, tools, and materials to finish off at home.  Those who would like to, can meet again at the Yew Tree next day to...
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Next course on 1st March 2017
This course is intended for prospective beekeepers. Students will learn about setting up an apiary and caring for a colony of bees, with classes looking at the life of the European honey bee, the various pests and diseases that affect them, and the methods of extracting honey from the comb and the production of other saleable hive products. In addition to the five weeks of classroom based learning you will also participate in a practical...
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Courses run monthly in the summer from Saturday to Sunday, 10 am to 4.30 pm. For course availability please get in touch. Deposit to reserve a place - £50 per person. (Balance 6 weeks before course.) The tutor The course tutor is Charles Millar. Having escaped the corporate world he is now a freelance management consultant and apostle for the joys of beekeeping.. He has been keeping bees with great enthusiasm for 12 years., and...
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Next course on 9th April 2017
This one day course will give you an idea of whether you want to keep bees or not. Simon the tutor will tell you everything you need to know to make up your mind.
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Next course on 5th April 2017
Beekeeping for beginners and improvers Four evening sessions followed by a 24 week course. Please feel free to contact us for more information
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One day introduction taster to Beekeeping, aimed at anyone interested in starting beekeeping, but unsure if they want to commit to a full course. We welcome local residents and visitors to North Wales. The Taster Days make a very popular present, and can be combined with a short break in Conwy, with its World Heritage Town Walls and Castle. This course only runs a couple of times a year so please contact us for the...
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An introduction to the principles of beekeeping over the course of a weekend. The course focuses on beekeeping the natural way and will cover: the colony and how it works; the hive and beekeeping ‘year’; swarming; and how to negotiate problems with your bees. Participants will also have a chance to have hands on involvement with bees. In association with New Quay Honey Farm.
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This one day bee keeping course will give you the knowledge you need to understand all about beekeeping and what it entails, including a hands-on session in our Apiary. Time: 10am– 4pm Maximum No. of Students: 8 Location: Courses are held in our lovely strawbale classroom & our on-site apiary We will cover the fundamental aspects of recognising and handling bees safely, how to look after them to maximise health and honey production and a...
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Next course on 22nd April 2017
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 a honey bee colony The natural lifecycle of honey bees - bee biology and ecology Being a beekeeper - what...
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Next course on 29th April 2017
A more intensive course than our evening course to get you started, explaining more about the honey bee, helping you choose your hive and equipment, how and where to set up your apiary, the bees management and pests and diseases. Not forgetting when and how to extract that lovely honey. An informal couple of days spent with others interested in beekeeping. A wealth of information from a highly experienced beekeeper and a chance to see...