Next Course coming up
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
We had a wonderful mead and candlemaking course in the closing months of 2016 and are looking forward to our last specialist course in the series on Pollen Identification. This is available as an Onsite or Online course a few weeks later following some video editing of the Onsite course! From today we already have some Onsite bookings, but places are still available if you would like to join:
Saturday 16th April 2016
We had a lovely first course day today with some very keen participants and managed to look at a couple of hives in the sun but with a cold wind we did not want to disturb the bees too much - more practical beekeeping next time!
You can still join our Beginners Course at any time and receive back issues of videos of the sessions you have missed
Easter Sunday 27th March 2016 Welcome to our Website in 2016
Please find our updated Website.
Our Beginners’ Beekeeping Course which starts on Saturday 16th April 2016
and continues monthly on Saturday 14th May, Saturday 18th June, Saturday 16th July and finally
Saturday 13th August.
Sessions start at 10.30 am with coffee from 10 am and end at 12.30 pm on each day
This is an on-site course at our training apiary and workshop classroom at Graig Fawr Lodge, Caerphilly
Spaces on this course are limited and cost will be £60 for the five sessions
Each session will be video recorded and made available as an on-line option which will also cost £60
Book by PayPal clicking "Add to Cart" button
or send cheque to Dinah Sweet, Graig Fawr Lodge, Caerphilly, CF83 1NF
This is our latest statement on
Naturally Sustainable Beekeeping: putting bees first
We think that you should look after bees in your charge, and just letting them alone can be negligent. When bad weather comes we need to know if they have enough food for their needs or they may die. Leaving strong colonies alone will allow the brood nest to become congested which in turn can encourage the bees to swarm which will be disturbing to neighbours in an urban environment and multiple swarming can lead to a weakened hive that may not overwinter well. With careful management we can go along with the natural urges the bees may have to swarm but with our beekeeping knowhow provide a new home for them and so not loose the bees and we can continue to check them out and look after them. We strongly recommend moveable framed hives especially for beginners so that they can manage the colony with the least disturbance. In England and Wales we have a bee inspectorate of very keen beekeepers who have been very effective in keeping the two notifiable diseases to very low levels. Whilst it is true that moving bees around in diseased equipment can be a source of infection, disease does appear also in unmanaged colonies. Honeybees do not develop an immunity by being neglected. Careful management and monitoring for diseases contributes to keeping numbers of honeybees to sustainable levels in the country. We would like to welcome you to the craft of responsible beekeepers who learn how to read the colony, to do the right thing for the bees in their charge, who provide such an important role in the pollination of crops. Careful management can also in good years allow the bees to provide a surplus from which we can benefit.
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