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About the Course
Balanced Beekeeping is a perfect course for beginners and intermediate beekeepers. This course focuses on the Top Bar hive and how this wonderful design can help you to keep bees in an organic way, balanced with the needs of the bees and the environment.
Phil Chandler is one of the South West’s best beekeeping brains and has been teaching beekeeping for many years, he brings a remarkable depth of experience.
The course is ideal for the aspiring apiarist or those looking to change from more conventional hive designs. It covers everything you will need to know to get you through your first year or two of keeping bees, from hive design and building to catching swarms to dealing with pests organically. You will have access to 5 thriving top bar hives colonies to see how this hive design works and the ease of hive management. You will also see a Flow Hive to consider alternative designs.
"Balanced beekeeping" is a continuous quest for the improvement of our relationship with bees. It recognises that keeping bees is not natural, because in nature, only bees keep bees. It acknowledges that our desire for honey may not be matched by the bees' willingness to give it up. It recognises that the bees have their own lives and they would probably prefer that we left them alone, however much we are kindly disposed towards them. It is a search for the best ways to be with bees.' Phil Chandler – The Barefoot Beekeeper
The course covers
Why do we keep bees?
What do you need to get started?
The lifecycle of a colony
The nature of honeybees and flowering plants
Principles and philosophy of balanced beekeeping
Principles into practice: how to get started
Hive design from the bees' point of view
Comparing vertical and horizontal hives
How to attract free swarms
How to take a swarm from a tree
Your first year: what to look out for
How to recognise common pests and diseases and what to do about them
Feeding: what, when and how
How and when to take honey and other hive products
Your first winter: how to prepare and what to do
Your second year: getting to know your bees
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What's included in the price?
Lunch on both days as well as refreshments will be included.