I have devised this course to show people how best to cater for bees and pollinators, and show that by adopting best practice for our bees, we can help other wildlife too. There is a certain amount of confusion around how to “Save the Bees”, and many – rightly – feel that honeybees get too much attention given the fact we have so many other species who need nectar and pollen and habitat.
I have been keeping honeybees for 9 years, and I have been converting my garden in to a wildlife haven for over a decade. With my background in agriculture and ecology, I have always kept bees out of interest rather than to maximise honey production, and I don’t want to have to artificially feed my colonies nor deprive the local pollinators of food. Forage provision is not taught on many beekeeping courses but it is vital if you are going to keep bees sustainably and not harm your local ecosystem, and we need everyone to support these valuable insects by gardening sympathetically.
So, if you want to help our native bees and their pollinating cousins, this course will show you how to manage your garden to maximise the benefits without having to generate wildflower meadows or tolerate acres of nettles. The relationship between bees and plants is a longstanding and complex one, but I will demystify the process and enable you to make the changes necessary without huge amounts of work or expenditure. You may already be doing what you can and perhaps need some reassurance as to what is best and why. Perhaps you are redesigning your outdoor space and want to incorporate some extra measures for wildlife.
Whether you have a small courtyard, or paddocks and fields, everyone can make a difference to the available food and habitat for insects and restore some balance. Gardens are increasingly becoming the places where we can have a degree of control over what we do and cumulatively it represents a vast area of land.
The usual format applies: relaxed learning with tea and cake! Suitable for all, with a small amount of assumed horticultural knowledge.
£40 per person, or £75 for two booking at the same time. Dates thoroughout the year: please see the Courses drop-down menu above for dates.