The Fascinating World of the Honeybee
An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping
We will examine how a colony lives throughout the year and learn how thousands of individual bees work in harmony for the good of the colony. The amazing intelligence of the Bee becomes apparent as it maintains optimum nest conditions and manages a complex swarming process to reproduce, find and build a new home. This course will help to understand the nature and needs of the Bee as well as how to care for her.
When: Saturday 5th April and Sunday 6th April 2014
Venue: The Over Wallop Church Hall (The Church of St Peter); SO20. UK. Over Wallop is between Andover and Salisbury on the A343
Please bring a dish to share for lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Cost: £80 per person.
- Biology and life cycles of individual bees and the colony super-organism.
- The nest; its construction, enclosed environment and colony management.
- Swarming and its importance
- How Bees maintain health and vitality.
- Nutrition and the importance of diet
- Visit a Warré apiary
- Bees’ part in the wider environment and ecosystem
- Habitat and forage
- Visit an apiarywithin a wild flower meadow.
- Challenges of caring for Bees.
- Introduction to different hive systems and their merits.
- Responsibilitiesof the Beekeeper
The tutors will be John Haverson supported by Jan Jenkins.
Contact Chris on 01264 781607 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form.
1. The course will comprise lectures, film clips, working group discussions and practical hive observation as well as appropriate manipulation sessions.
2. Discussion will involve bee-specific language and students are strongly recommended to have completed some reading; I suggest ‘Bees and Honey from the Flower to the Jar’ by Michael Weiler.
3. Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10 to allowmeaningful participation and to ensure individuals receive optimum attention.
4. Complete beginners will be given advice on how to start beekeeping; where to get advice and practicalexperience with bees, relevant literature and the planning and preparationneeded beforeactually accommodating a colony of bees.
5. Apiary visits are scheduled on both days(weather permitting).Please wear suitable clothing; trousers and long sleeves of smooth fabric. Bring a protective hat and veil, or a beekeeping suit if you prefer. Beekeeping clothing should be freshly laundered.
John Haverson has enjoyed a lifelong interest in nature and the environment. He started his own apiary 10 years ago and has carried out swarm liaison in Andover for 7 years. Six years ago he began to study the nature of the bee and scientific research into bee health. This led him to adopt Demeter ‘organic’ beekeeping standards; starting in National hives. He has used Warré hives, with no chemical treatments, for 5 years and has progressively adopted bee-centric husbandry. Thriving colonies are showing adaptation to varroa and improved temperament as well as providing a modest harvest.
Jan Jenkins is a longstanding organic gardener with an extensive knowledge of plants. She trained as a conventional beekeeper but was uncomfortable with the intrusive methods from the start. Jan is relatively new to beekeeping but has used Warré hives for 3/4 years and understands the challenges facing new beekeepers. Jan reads widely about the Bee world and is passionate about caring for bees, putting the welfare of her colonies before all else.