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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.

£55
Shropshire - Next course on 28th July 2018
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...
£195
Gloucestershire - Next course on 8th September 2018
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...
£95
Herefordshire
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. Start time: 9.30am - 4pm
£250
Gwent
Two day Course on treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives with Dr Leo Sharashkin of Missouri, USA. Times: 9am to 5.30pm on Saturday 16, and 9am to 4pm on Sunday 17 June 2018. Venue: Shire Hall, Monmouth. Opposite Bees for Development Head Office, Monmouth. The Course will cover all aspects of the natural beekeeping approach, including: How bees live in nature and how to respect their ways in your apiary. Natural and less intensive management...
£149
Lincolnshire
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...
£95
Herefordshire
This is a new one day Course, where expert Chris Park will teach you how to weave a wicker skep, and how to cover it with cloom.  During the day all aspects of beekeeping in skeps, ancient and modern will be discussed.
£198
East Sussex - Next course on 15th September 2018
An intensive course to get you started, explaining all 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 the different equipment available, along...
£40
Lancashire
On the Bee Experience, a highly qualified beekeeper will give a short briefing and after checking that your beesuit is safely zipped up and supplying you with suitable gloves you will learn how to light the smoker and the importance of this vital piece of beekeeping equipment, you will then enter the apiary and meet the bees. An audience usually gathers inside the bee centre to watch through the viewing windows and listen to the...
£40
East Sussex - Next course on 21st July 2018
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 your bees There...
£95
Gloucestershire
Learn why, where and how it might be done. A concise, one day course on the art of skep beekeeping. Participants will learn about the history of skeps, referencing some of the old master skeppists, their varying styles of skeps and systems of management. The course will include hands on sessions with artefacts and tools and techniques. Mysteries will be be revealed concerning different shelters, floors and stands; spleets, snecks and garts; bennets, laps and...