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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Training courses in the UK

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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

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 ninth 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


Weaving Wicker Skeps

This one day Course, where expert Chris Park will teach you how to weave a wicker skep


Making Straw Skeps

This one day Course will provide you with expert instruction in making a classic straw skep

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