Bees for Development Sustainable Beekeeping weekend Course

Duration: 2 Days

Price: £195

Run by: Nicola Bradbear
at Bees for Development

01600 714848

Ragmans Lane Farm
Forest of Dean
GL17 9PA

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About the Course

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 beekeeper - what does 'keeping bees' really mean?
The relationship between bees and flowers - pollination, plants and biodiversity
Honey bees in the landscape
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 chose which system is best for you and for your bees
Beekeeping and sustainability - what does the future hold?
The Course is suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials, meals and refreshments are included. Beekeeping clothing is provided, however please bring your own if you can. You need outdoor clothing, and shoes/slippers for inside. Shared, bunk house accommodation is available on site for Friday and/or Saturday nights at an extra cost of £15 per night

Want to review this course?

Beekeeping course attended a month ago was absolutely fantastic! All the tutors were passionate, incredibly generous with their knowledge and inspired me to order my first Warre hive after a couple of years of procrastination! The accommodation was fine, the food wonderful . Evening walks around Ragmans with other students were delightful & a great opportunity to share thoughts about the course. Would totally recommend the course .
The highlight was observing a swarm choosing the Warre hive to move into when all other hives were on display.

- - #9087

I would highly recommend this course, I had the most amazing weekend learning all about Bees and how to care for them. It was very informative and inspiring, offering good practical experience with the opportunity to open a hive and watch the bees at work, just amazing!
The accommodation was good and the food excellent all set in the beautiful Wye Valley.
I now feel confident enough to have a hive of my own.
Huge thank you. :)

- - #8843

I attended the course to gain as much insight into bees and beekeeping, and now feel confident enough to proceed further. The enthusiasm of the course providers was infectious and the way they imparted their knowledge was so informal and relaxed that it wasn't difficult to retain it over a busy weekend. Enough detail is provided to give a good understanding of all the processes involved and I came away feeling that any problems that arise in the future can be managed with a degree of confidence and some recommended reading.
Thoughly recommended, could not have been better.

- - #8834

A very informative weekend, with a friendly group of people, in charming surroundings.

- - #8821

I echo what Helen has said. I found it particularly useful to think of a colony of bees as having many of the characteristics of a small mammal. Some of the images used to illustrate the talks were particularly arresting eg that of a bee sting showing the long line of the bee's insides and the drone mating with the queen. I have never seen a Warre hive up close before and the swarm made a very clear choice in its favour. Top bar hives have long been a mystery to me and now I know how to make one.

I also very much enjoyed the company of the other course participants and interesting discussions continued into the evenings.

- - #8819

I found the course very informative and helpful. It gave me the confidence to review the way in which we'd been keeping our bees at our Community Farm up till now and to develop the skills to make what we are doing truly sustainable. It was also interesting to be able to look inside a Top Bar hive and to learn about bees in all their manifestations. We were very lucky to witness a swarm on the Sunday afternoon right outside where we were meeting!

- - #8816

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 7th April 2018
Saturday 8th September 2018

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