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Which is the right beekeeping course for me?
(N)=Novice (still thinking about it)
(B)=Beginners (ready to start)
(I)=Intermediate (some practical experience; at least one season with bees)
(A)=Advanced (suggested minimum 2 seasons with bees)
(E)=Event (e.g. meeting or conference, not a training) - see here for details)
If you are still thinking about taking up beekeeping and would like to find out what is involved, you should begin with the Beginners course, which is aimed at the complete novice. This will enable you to discover what is really involved in keeping bees, and even if you decide at that point that this is not, after all, for you, then you will have at least saved yourself a good deal of time and money, which you can use elsewhere.
The Beginners course is also ideal if you are ready to start, but have not yet decided which type of hive to use, or what management methods are appropriate for your circumstances, or you are just not sure what "balanced beekeeping" is all about. You will have opportunities to see different types of hive, and when the weather allows, to open them and compare them in working order.
Once you have a season or two of practical experience, either with your own bees or someone else's, then you may want to attend the more intensive Intermediate level course, which will look in more depth at hive management and aims to answer problems arising from practical bee handling.
After gaining several seasons' experience, you may decide to learn the more specialised skills involved with bee breeding and queen rearing (not the same thing, by the way!). Such courses will generally be more restricted in numbers and aimed at people with a solid foundation in practical beekeeping.All courses comprise a variable mixture of illustrated talks, practical demonstrations and discussion, and questions are encouraged throughout. Teaching material and methods are adapted to meet the needs of students as much as possible, while ensuring coverage of important areas.
While focus is always on the major theme of the event, students are encouraged to explore connected areas and to share ideas and experiences.
"Balanced beekeeping" is a continuous quest for the improvement of our relationship with bees. It recognises that keeping bees is not natural, because in nature, only bees keep bees. It acknowledges that our desire for honey may not be matched by the bees' willingness to give it up. It recognises that the bees have their own lives and they would probably prefer that we left them alone, however much we are kindly disposed towards them. It is a search for the best ways to be with bees.
Can't get to a "real world" training?
Natural Beekeeping for Gardeners
Balanced Beekeeping for Beginners
Learn about 'balanced beekeeping' in top bar and frame hives: a simple, practical way to have healthy and happy bees in your garden, with the possibility of your own honey harvest, but without the costs and complications associated with conventional beekeeping.
This event 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.
Balanced Beekeeping for Improvers
A hands-on, exploratory course for people with some beekeeping experience in any type of hive.
This event is mainly for beekeepers with some experience, even if only a single season. Rather than focusing on the basics, we will have time to explore particular aspects of the craft in more depth.
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