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Natural Beekeeping Weekend for Beginners

Practical Philosophy North West

Friday, 28 October 2016 at 18:00 - Sunday, 30 October 2016 at 16:00 (BST)

Natural Beekeeping Weekend for Beginners

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Natural Beekeeping Weekend for Beginners 28th to 30th October 2016
with John Vendy (

Ever wondered about keeping bees but but been put off by the expensive equipment and the complicated processes involved?

Take a look at ‘Natural Beekeeping’.  It is an uncomplicated, easy to use method which focused on  bee welfare. 

You should leave this weekend course with enough knowledge and confidence to set up a top-bar hive, populate it with bees and care for them throughout their first season with you. It is a simple, practical way to have healthy and happy bees in your garden, with the possibility of your own honey harvest, but without the cost and complications associated with conventional beekeeping.

This beginners’ course is intended for people with no previous knowledge of bees or beekeeping, and will provide you with all the information you need to decide if, when and how you will take up ‘natural bee-keeping’.

Over the weekend John will discuss:

  • Principles of Natural Beekeeping
  • Introducing bees
  • Life cycle of the colony
  • Hints and tips to help you build your top-bar hive
  • Baiting a hive
  • Basic swarm catching
  • Feeding
  • Observation
  • Pests, diseases and the role of the Bee Inspector

And if you have any questions, bring them along.

If possible – weather permitting – we will spend some time with bees in a top-bar hive, so please bring suitable clothing; at least a hat and veil, or a beekeeping suit if you prefer (some simple smocks will be available to borrow for those who don't want to commit yet).

Please Note: If you believe that you may be allergic (anaphylactic, not just redness and itching!) to insect stings please bring an Epipen, and bring this information to our attention when booking. Thank you.

The cost for the course is £100.  Accommodation (shared) and all food (vegetarian) is free of charge.  Why is it less expensive than other courses around the country?  We are an educational charity – a not-for-profit organisation – and try to keep all our prices as low as we can to just cover our costs, in order to make our 

Do you have questions about Natural Beekeeping Weekend for Beginners? Contact Practical Philosophy North West

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Brinscall Hall
Dick Lane
PR6 8QL Chorley
United Kingdom

Friday, 28 October 2016 at 18:00 - Sunday, 30 October 2016 at 16:00 (BST)

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We are a branch of the School of Economic Science, London, a registered educational charity (Charity No. 313115) .

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