Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5EB, UK. Tel: 01273 400606
Do you love plants and flowers, and enjoy seeing wildlife in your garden? A colony of honey bees is a fascinating organism and has a complex relationship with our environment and landscape. An understanding of what happens inside a hive will help you provide bees with what they need to survive and thrive. You may even be thinking about keeping bees yourself, in which case you can see what is involved with small scale, garden beekeeping.
Colony life: a summary of the life and seasonal changes within a beehive
Three bees: the queen, the drone and the worker Swarming: the natural wonder of bee reproduction! Wax: the 'comb-wide web' of communication
Propolis: antiseptic glue
Honey: the winter larder
What bees need: hive types, food, water
Excellent plants: which are best for honey bees?
Jen has an extensive library of bee and beekeeping books which you are welcome to browse through during breaks.
There will be a hive of bees to watch and enjoy as a backdrop to the course, although please note that this will not be an occasion to see how it operates inside.
I started keeping bees in 2010 following a keen interest in natural history and botany.
I now have 2 hives in my garden alongside the chickens and ducks, and another 8 in a paddock across the road from my house.
They are all managed sustainably and with as little interference as possible as it's my belief that honey bees need to be allowed to follow their natural instincts.
I collect swarms and harvest excess honey for my own use and to sell, as well as sowing and propagating plants that are useful for all pollinators.
Changes in agriculture and other challenges facing our wildlife have made the role of beekeepers shift from purely livestock husbandry towards conservation and artisan food production.
An insight in to the life of the honey bee is a great way to appreciate the world around us from a different perspective.
The course will start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm.
Wednesday 23rd August 2017 - £85
The day will include coffee, cakes, lunch and wine
At Bradness we garden for bees, butterfiles and insects.
We do not spray or seek perfection in the garden but prefer instead a wild element to encourage wildlife.
The image on the right is of a solitary bee's nest in one of our windows