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Balanced Beekeeping


Ashburton, Devon
July 7-9 2017


This is a weekend mainly for beginners who want to get started this season, and for people who have kept bees for a year or two and would like an opportunity to look at other approaches. Phil Chandler will be teaching balanced management methods using several different types of hive, including: top bar, Warre, National, Langstroth and his new Quadratic hive. There may also be a log hive, a Flow hive and a dustbin hive (!) to look at.

This event is aimed at beginners and those with a little experience, who are keen to get started quickly. We will have a number of different hives to show you, including top bar, Warre, log hive, National and the new Flow Hive.

This 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 become a beekeeper.

We will be covering such topics as:

* Why keep bees?
* What do you need to get started?
* The nature of honeybees and flowering plants
* Principles of balanced beekeeping
* How to make a good start with bees
* How to bait a hive to attract free swarms
* How to take a swarm from a tree
* How to keep healthy bees
* The lifecycle of a colony
* Optimal hive design and function
* How to build a top bar hive
* How to recognise common pests and diseases
* How to keep healthy bees

You can camp on site (basic facilities; no extra charge), or you can stay at one of many local B&Bs or hotels.

Fee of £135 includes: Friday evening meal; lunch on Saturday and Sunday; refreshments (tea, coffee, etc) all weekend. If camping, please bring your own breakfast food.

The weekend will start on Friday evening, with a meal and a chat around a fire (weather permitting). Saturday and Sunday will have a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions, with the emphasis on practical demonstrations. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and discuss different approaches to beekeeping.

Local facilities (including Buckfast Abbey) are within walking distance and hotel/B&B accommodation is available nearby. Dartmoor (we are just inside the National Park) and the historic towns of Totnes and Ashburton are a short drive away.

This should be a great weekend - be sure to BOOK NOW to reserve your place!


To book and for further information, call Jo on 07914 922 554












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