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Introduction to sustainable beekeeping

Beehive in my garden

Duration: 2 hours

Price: £40

Book with: Jennifer Moore
at Wayward Bee

3 Shawpits Cottages
Mill Lane
Hellingly, Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 4HD

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About the Course

Would you like to know how to keep bees sustainably, on a small scale? Or are you just intrigued to know what goes on inside that enigmatic wooden box...Maybe you have heard about the plight of our bees and want to understand how to best help them.

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 will also be a chance to ask questions and discuss how we can all help out our pollinators.

Please note that we don't open up a hive on this occasion (you will learn why on the course!) so there is no need for equipment. If you would like to see how you feel around the bees, or visit the apiary, then do stay on for the Introductory Plus where we will also talk about setting up a hive, building frames and go in to more detail about getting started. Please ask for details.

If you would like a bespoke course about beekeeping or bees in general I am very happy to accommodate a small group as a special event, tailored to your needs. Discounts available for multiple bookings. Please do get in touch.

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

What's included in the price?

A hand out of the information covered is provided but you are welcome to take notes.
Refreshments: tea, herbal tea and proper coffee and homemade cake.



Want to review this course?

I thoroughly enjoyed this course - it was so interesting and informative. I love Jennifer’s approach to keeping bees, with the care and wellbeing of the bees being paramount. I cannot believe how much I learnt in two hours, which flew by! Jennifer is clearly passionate about bees, and this comes across when she’s teaching. The accompanying course notes (with lots of useful links to a wealth of resources) are really helpful, so I can follow up on more reading etc. I can highly recommend this course, and am looking forward to progressing to Intermediate level very soon. Thank you Jennifer!

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Thank you Amelia! :)

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Thanks Mia-Louise! Great to meet you and your daughter :)

Excellent course! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jennifer has a wealth of knowledge and her passion shines through when she is teaching. She gave us invaluable information to get us started on our bee keeping journey! Would recommend this course to anyone interested in keeping bees! She also makes a delicious cake too!

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A very informative day - I learnt more about bee keeping in 2 hours with Jennifer than from all the literature that I had been reading. Jennifer is very knowledgeable and explains the subject in a clear and understandable manner at a pace that everyone could keep up with. Well worth doing if you are thinking of keeping bees in a sustainable way.

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Thanks so much Frank - great to hear :)

Relaxed and very enjoyable course. Very informative talking you through understanding the bee and introducing you to the equipment
Delicious tea and cake icing on the top of an excellent afternoon!

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Thank you so much for coming along :)

Jennifer is a natural teacher with great communication skills. There is plenty of detail in this course so that you can actually go an "do" things to start your colony afterwards, but Jennifer also explains sustainable beekeeping holistically, so it also becomes a way of thinking rather than a tick box exercise. It means that if you do decide to read books on the subject afterwards, you have a really solid framework in which to put all your newly acquired knowledge. It's a great course which I'd recommend without hesitation to anyone starting out with beekeeping. (The cake is also amazing.)

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Thanks Alex! :)

Wonderful course and a fascinating introduction to the extraordinary life of bees as well as the keeping of them. I'd highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in sustainability and discovering ways to nurture and grow their local bee population as well as make honey.

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Glad you enjoyed the course Amy!

Jennifer's course was great. I learned a lot and was interested in everything she had to say. I would recommend her course to anyone thinking about keeping bees.

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Thanks Ali, so pleased you could come along :)

I have wanted to find out about bees for ages, but was a bit anxious about what it involved. This course however was just the thing needed to fill me with confidence and to propel me into action: a few days after attending, I have already ordered my hives and am looking forward to the whole beekeeping experience. I am so glad that Jennifer was the one to introduce me to the subject - her knowledge and sound good sense was inspirational and I have complete confidence that her methods, traditional ones that look to the welfare of the hive rather than mere honey production, will be rewarding and successful. She is a very good teacher and I'm sure will be a fantastic mentor, should I need further advise. I can thoroughly recommend this course.

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Thank you so much!

This course was perfect. Jennifer has an art to imparting her passionate knowledge of bee keeping in such a way that beginners feel inspired and equppped to start immediately. Jennifer is clearly incredibly knowledgeable about the subject and her sustainable approach should be admired. She teaches in such a way that you leave the course with confidence. The added extra is that you get to taste the product of her incredible baking skills. A wonderfully relaxed but truly informative course. I will certainly be attending an intermediate course in the near future 🐝

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Thanks Lee :)

Friendly and highly informative, just right for beginner covering everything I had hoped.

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Response from Wayward Bee:

Thank you :)

I would thoughly recommended this course . If like me you have been thinking of having a hive in your garden but just don't know how it will happen due to lack of knowledge. This course is for you . Jenny has a lovely way of sharing her knowledge. I now have a colony of bees in my garden which is just a dream come true and there is nothing better than tasting warm raw honey from your own bees

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 26th October 2019
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Saturday 18th January 2020
Saturday 25th January 2020
Saturday 8th February 2020
Saturday 29th February 2020
Saturday 14th March 2020
Saturday 25th April 2020
Saturday 23rd May 2020
Saturday 6th June 2020

  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends

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