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Course details

The theory and practice of natural bee guardianship using the sun hive and wooden hives

Starts: 11 May 2013 09:30
Ends: 12 May 2013 17:00

The Bee Classroom, Hammerwood Road, Ashurst Wood, West Sussex RH19 3RX

This two-day course is aimed at giving beginners sufficient confidence to start caring for a bee colony of their own. The course is suitable for those who wish to use the Sun Hive and natural husbandry methods with wooden hive types such as the Warre, Golden (Einraumbeute) and converted National hives. A basic knowledge of colony life is required. It is essential that novice beekeepers and those with less than two seasons' experience who intend to house bees in a Sun Hive attend this course prior to establishing a Sun Hive for the first time.

Sessions include: history of beekeeping, promoting good health and managing ill health, planting for bees, working with the swarming impulse, catching swarms, observation techniques, siting hives, preparing colonies for winter, critical times of the year, and resources for natural beekeeping. If the weather is kind, there may also be the opportunity for participants to approach colonies in an apiary, observe bee activity and learn to assess the colony mood.

Cost: £160 (£128 for Friends of the Natural Beekeeping Trust), to include organic lunch and refreshments.


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