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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Publisher: Bees for Development
A unique weekend on treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives with Dr Leo Sharashkin of Missouri, USA, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June.
This event follows on from Leo’s much acclaimed Course in November 2017. See reviews here The Course takes a natural approach to beekeeping.
Saturday June 16
NATURAL BEEKEEPING THAT WORKS
On Day 1 we discuss how honey bees live in the wild and how we can mimic their ways in our managed hives. We cover the main pillars of natural beekeeping, and how these can be beneficially applied in any apiary. We talk about the importance of using local honey bees and the keys to successfully attract swarms to bait hives to start or increase your apiary. Then we discuss the concept of "ideal" beehives: what makes a hive bee-friendly (and beekeeper-friendly, too); advantages of very deep combs and horizontal hives, plus an honest evaluation of pluses and minuses of conventional and alternative hive models.
Sunday June 17
ADVANCED NATURAL BEEKEEPING MADE EASY
On Day 2 we go over the entire yearly cycle of caring for your bees, in much detail. Spring colony build-up; natural and artificial swarming, propagation, and breeding; honey flows and honey harvest; successful wintering. We discuss the advantages and limitations of each management procedure, how it influences productivity, well-being, and health of the colony. We cover practical ways to limit beekeeper's intervention and how to make your apiary low-input and sustainable. We cover local nectar resources, how to take advantage of them and avoid sugar feeding. Finally, bee health; treatment-free beekeeping; and crafting and marketing premium eco-pure honey and many other products of the hive. You can have a few thriving colonies, or make a living doing natural beekeeping - and Dr Leo shows you how.
The Course will take place in Monmouth’s historic Shire Hall, NP25 3EA, across the road from Bees for Development.
Fee includes tuition fee, materials, refreshments and picnic lunch. VAT included