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...
Please note: Our 9 February 2019 Course date is fully booked.
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.
This one-day training is designed for people or organisations with interest to use beekeeping and honey and beeswax trade to alleviate poverty. This is not a hands-on course about bees.
We cover the different species of bees that are utilised world-wide, and introduce a range of topics concerning beekeeping in developing countries.
Training day topics include:
Apiculture in developing countries and how it supports livelihoods
Problems faced by beekeepers in financially poor countries
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.
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
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...
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.