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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Training courses in the UK

Bees for Development provide a range of Courses, with friendly and knowledgeable tutors.


Strengthening Livelihoods | Sustainable BeekeepingTreatment-free BeekeepingSkep Making


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Strengthening livelihoods in developing countries through beekeeping

This one-day Course is designed for people and organisations with interest to use beekeeping and honey and beeswax trade to alleviate poverty. It is not a hands-on course about bees.  We do 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:

  • Apiculture in developing countries and how it supports livelihoods
  • Problems faced by beekeepers in poor countries
  • Appropriate and sustainable – issues of technology choice
  • An introduction to honey marketing and trade
  • Case studies: success stories from around the world


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Weekend Course on Sustainable Beekeeping 

Bees for Development's Course on sustainable beekeeping run by us at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm, in the Wye Valley.  This renowned course, now in its tenth year, covers the good management of bees and natural ways to care for them.  We will help you to select the type of beehive that you want to use, and learn how to populate it with local bees. Suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping.

Meet the bees - a hands-on look at a honey bee colony

  • The natural lifecycle of honey bees - basic bee biology and ecology
  • Being a beekeeper - what does 'keeping bees' really involve?
  • The relationship between bees and flowers - pollination, plants and biodiversity
  • Honey bees in the landscape
  • The relationship between bees and people
  • Keeping bees healthy - what to do and when to act
  • Making and building low-cost hives - practical demonstration
  • Warre's People's hive, top-bar hives, UK National frame hives: we look at each and help you choose which system is best for you
  • Beekeeping and sustainability - what does the future hold?

"It was friendly, accommodated various levels of knowledge, and offered a vision of sustainability in beekeeping without being prescriptive. I think we were all inspired! The balance of theory and practice was just right." Course participant, 2014


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Natural and treatment-free beekeeping with Leo Sharashkin 

Natural Beekeeping that works

A unique weekend on natural, treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives with Dr Leo Sharashkin of Missouri, USA. You can attend either or both days.

Dr Leo Sharashkin is editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile: A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture, a comprehensive resource on keeping bees naturally in horizontal hives. He is contributor to American Bee Journal, The Beekeepers Quarterly, and Acres USA, and speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping, organic growing, and Earth-friendly living. He holds a PhD in Forestry from the University of Missouri and a Master’s in Natural Resources from Indiana University, USA.

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Weaving Wicker Skeps

During this one day course, you will learn three different weaving techniques and also the method of plaistering. You will be able to take away some cloom to cover your willow alveari at home.


Making Straw Skeps

By the end of this one day course, you will have made about one third of your straw skep. You will take away the lipwork skills, materials and tools needed to finish your skep at home.


Hackle and Floor Making

This brand new one day course will provide you with the history and expert instruction in making classic Hackle and Floors for your skeps.


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