Type: Beekeeping

Date: Sun 04 Mar 2012

Time: March 4, 2012 14:00 - 17:00 pm

Location: Clevedon, North Somerset

Rating:   12 reviews

£30.00

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About the course

Wheelchair Access: No

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

A taster course for those interested in keeping bees.. Sessions available approximately every 6 weeks.

We will give an overview of the essentials of beekeeping and how you get started. The afternoon will cover a variety of topics so you can see what is involved in beekeeping:

- nature and structure of the colony

- equipment, hives, including Beehaus

- management throughout the year, including swarm control

- harvesting

- pests and diseases

- training, help and local organisations

- where to go from here

We will also look at one of Stephen's apiaries.

Homemade tea and cake provided! Why not give a course as a present? Book a course on behalf of someone and we can send a personalised invitation card!

We also run "Beekeeper for the Day" experience days. Contact us for details!

About Me

Stephen has kept bees for 23 years and is past President of Blagdon Branch of Avon Beekeepers. He is holder of the Briitish Beekeeping Association (BBKA) Advanced Theory Certificate with Credit, and also holds the BBKA Certificate in General Husbandry.

He is a key member of the Branch teaching programme. He teaches at the local beekeeping introduction classes, novice courses and practical apiary sessions for new members. He is also a BBKA correspondence course tutor and BBKA Assessor.

Stephen is a member of the branch swarm collection team and is currently instituting a bee breeding programme.  He believes that new beekeepers should be given opportunities to receive first class training and mentoring so that they can develop into proficient beekeepers.

Stephen's long beekeeping career is a part of his smallholding here in North Somerset and the courses will be held on his own holding. Stephen believes in giving all potential beekeepers hands on experience with bees and not just theoretical knowledge. His Beekeeping for the Day courses will contain opportunities for you to meet his bees and gain experience in a practical environment. Stephen also offers other services such as personal mentoring, hive inspection and swarm collection, He can (subject to availability) provide colonies for sale. Stephen also helps runs a Bed and Breakfast so you could always combine attending a course with a stay at the award-winning Limes Bed and Breakfast ! (www.limesbb.co.uk)!

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A very good and informative afternoon - Roger ,

The beekeeping taster session run by Stephen was very good. A relaxed and informal atmosphere allowed me to get the most out of the session. Clearly passionate about bees, Stephen ensured that we all clearly understood the demands and requirements of keeping bees and the pleasures that could be gained from the hobby. I look forward to going back and seeing one of the hives being opened in the future. The session was well worth it and a must for anyone considering keeping bees in the future.


good - Juliet ,

very informative Stephen did exactly want it said on the course!


Very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable - Christine ,

Useful course to give an idea of what's involved in Bee Keeping. Stephen was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.


A good overall introduction to beekeeping - Gemma ,

The course gave me a good overall introduction into beekeeping... from getting in touch with my local Branch to the cost of equipment. Stephen's knowledge is vast & he had the answers for all our questions. The group was small (3 including me) & we all came from different backgrounds which was interesting. By the end of it my mind was buzzing with bee facts and I was a little confused as there was so much to take in but overall it was very informative.


Excellent - Joe ,

I had a wonderful afternoon learning about Bee keeping. Stephen and his wife Heather were excellent hosts. Stephen's knowledge was unquestionable I learnt much more than if i read a book. Stephen was more than happy to answer my many questions. We also enjoyed looking at the solar panel farm after the taster session. Thank you to Stephen and also Heather who made a fantastic cup of tea. This course has filled me with excitement about Bee Keeping and i can't wait to get my hands own a hive of my own in the future Thank you Joe

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