The theory and practice of natural beekeeping encompassing the biodynamic perspective
Starts: 26 May 2012 09:30
Ends: 27 May 2012 17:00
The Bee Classroom, Ashurst Wood, West Sussex RH19 3RX
This two-day course is aimed at giving the beginner sufficient confidence to start with a bee colony of their own. A basic knowledge of colony life is required; prior attendance of the course 'Introduction to Honeybees and their Care: the Wonder of Colony Life' is recommended.
Sessions include: history of beekeeping, hive choices, promoting good health and managing ill health, planting for bees, working with the swarming impulse, catching swarms, observation techniques, siting beehives, preparing colonies for winter, critical times of the year, and resources for natural beekeeping.
If the weather is kind, there will also be the opportunity for participants to approach colonies in an apiary, observe bee activity and learn to assess the colony mood (please note that opening a hive for observation is not part of the programme, and will only be done when there is no risk of chilling brood). Optional visit to an apiary on a nearby biodynamic farm.
Cost: £130 (£104 for Friends of the Natural Beekeeping Trust) to include simple organic vegetarian lunch and refreshments.
Places are limited and booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01733 704508.