Bees for Development Sustainable Beekeeping Weekend Courses 2024



Our unique, intensive weekend beekeeping course has been developed and is delivered by the Bees for Development team. The course is suitable for both beginners and experienced beekeepers looking for a nature-based approach to beekeeping. The focus is on honey bee biology and how you can create the conditions for bees to thrive. All the sessions are based on robust and up-to-date scientific evidence, alongside decades of experience keeping and observing bees with minimal stress and no chemical treatments. We present a range of beekeeping systems and help you choose the right one for you. We only run this course twice a year, with a student to tutor ratio of 3 to 1. The course is at Ragman's Lane Farm, a 60-acre organic permaculture farm established over 30 years ago in the Forest of Dean. Course content: - Meet the bees - a hands-on look at honey bee colonies housed in different hives - The natural life-cycle of honey bees - honey bee biology and ecology - Being a beekeeper - what does keeping bees really mean? - The relationship between bees and flowers - pollination, plants and biodiversity - Keeping bees healthy - what to do and when to act - Making and building low-cost hives - practical demonstration - Warre's People's hive, horizontal top-bar hives, frame hives: we look at each and help you choose which system is best for you and for your bees - Beekeeping and sustainability - what does the future hold? Saturday - 9.30am to 5pm // Sunday - 9.30am to 4pm

What's included in the price?

A vegetarian lunch is included on both days.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Christmas
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Weekends
  • Easter
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Ragmans Lane Farm, Bishopwood, Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, GL17 9PA