Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping/Introductory Plus

Would you like to know how to keep bees sustainably, on a small scale? Have you always wondered what goes on inside a hive? Perhaps you’re worried about how our bees are declining and want to know how to 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:

  • How the bee colony works
  • Different types of 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 our pollinators, irrespective of whether we want to keep bees or not. Refreshments and an information handout are provided.

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 new Introductory Plus course (see below).

£40 per person for the 2 hour session, or £75 for two booked at the same time. Gift vouchers area available if you’d like to give this course to someone as a present.

***new*** introductory plus course

This is an add-on to the above course, for those people who are wanting to go ahead and keep bees. We will have a short break and then carry on to look at the basics in more details:

  • Getting started
  • How to build frames
  • Putting your hive together
  • Where/how to source your first colony

We will also go to the apiary so we can watch the bees and see the hives in situ, so please bring your bee suit and gloves.

The cost for this is an additional £20 per person for the 1.5 hour session, or £25 for two booking at the same time (so a total cost of £60, or £100 for two), to include a Sustainable Beekeeping poster as a handy reminder of the information.

2019 dates:

  • 26th January
  • 23rd February
  • 2nd March
  • 9th March
  • 30th March
  • 6th April
  • 18th May
  • 15th June
  • 6th July
  • 27th July
  • 17th August
  • 14th September
  • 26th October

2020 dates:

  • 18th January
  • 25th January
  • 8th February
  • 15th February
  • 29th February
  • 14th March
  • 11th April
  • 23rd May
  • 6th June

Please email for more details, or to book.

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.

Frank Donnachie April 2019

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 equipped 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 🐝 “

Lee Tomlinson February 2019