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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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Next course on 10th June 2017
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...
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Next course on 23rd September 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 honey bee colonies housed in different hives The natural life-cycle of honey bees - bee biology and ecology Being a...
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Next course on 22nd July 2017
Learn how to make a lip-work straw skep.  You will make your skep from a long straw wheat with cane lapping. The Course tutor, Chris Park, 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.
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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 18th February 2018
Beekeeping for Beginners Tutor: Simon Cousins - bees This course is an introduction to the subject of beekeeping with Simon Cousins, a humourous and well-informed expert. The emphasis is on the practical aspects of bee-keeping and is designed for beginners. We will have a look at some beehives but not the inhabitants on this occasion. Students will learn how to set up an apiary, what equipment to buy, the terminology, life cycle of the bee,...
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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 15th July 2017
Beekeeping for Beginners – Intensive Weekend Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am - 5pm both days Do you want to find out more about these fascinating creatures? Do you think that one day you would like to keep Bees, but don’t know where to start? Then why not find out all the basics you will need to know about them on the National Beekeeping Wales’s “Beekeeping for Beginners Intensive Weekend”? At just £145 this course will be...
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Phil Chandler is the well-known champion of top-bar hive beekeeping. In this new BfD Course, Phil will provide advice for beekeepers who are already using top-bar hives and would like to learn more.  Phil is highly experienced in looking after bees in top-bar hives, and will provide all the newest ideas for successful, treatment-free beekeeping in top-bar hives. 9.00am - 4pm. 
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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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Next course on 24th June 2017
Beekeeping taster day courses at the National Beekeeping Centre Wales, Conwy. These taster days are ideal for anyone who has an interest in bees and starting beekeeping but is unsure about committing to a full course. They also make an unusual gift experience! The session begins with a morning introduction into the fascinating world of Bees and beekeeping. In the afternoon you will attend a hands-on apiary session and get up close and personal with...