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Beekeeping Intensive

Beekeeping Intensive


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Get to grips with the basics of beekeeping and explore the biology of honeybees and their environmental benefits. 

This 2 day course will give you a thorough grounding in understanding the lifecycles of honeybees as well as other types of bees and the different choices in the equipment you can use and the management styles you can adopt to become a bee-friendly beekeeper.  You will have the chance to look inside a live honeybee colony and will be signposted to further training routes and support to start your own beekeeping adventure. Protective clothing provided.

Key information

  • Duration: two days
  • Date: Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 July 2024
  • Start and finish times: starts at 10.00am and ends at 4.00pm on the last day
  • Fees: £345
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation. Single room available for an extra £20 for Sat night.
  • What to bring: boots – preferably wellingtons and a pair of gloves – this should be something like a Marigold washing-up type glove of a size that fits the hand really snugly.
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What you will learn

Gain all the necessary information and handling skills to get you started with honeybees from passionate bee and beekeeping expert Jonathan Garratt. Jonathan will guide you through sympathetic beekeeping – working with honeybees in a more natural way. 

Discover the importance and benefits of different types of bees in the natural environment, looking at their pollinating role, how to encourage them into your garden, differences in life cycles, problems they encounter and ways we can help. 

Practical sessions with Jonathan’s bees will cover how to handle honeybees, the main workings of hives, different set ups available including frame and hive construction, and where to site hives. Find out where to source bees and what equipment is needed (and what isn’t!).

You’ll also learn how honey is processed, from hive to the table, and how beeswax is produced. There are many uses for both these products, and Jonathan will offer hints and tips as well as advice on useful books, magazines and websites. 

CAT is situated in the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, and the site is home to a wide variety of ecosystems and wildlife. This course is a great way to learn about bees while spending some time de-stressing in a natural environment, becoming more aware of the natural rhythms of nature and your own senses. 

Meet your tutors

Jonathan Garratt

Jonathan Garratt grew up with honeybees, going out to inspect the hives with his father as a child in Menai Bridge, Ynys Môn, and eventually taking on the full care of the hives. 

He has been a Seasonal Bee Inspector for the National Bee Unit since 2001, and has run courses in beekeeping for many years, independently and through organisations such as the National Botanic Gardens Wales, The Snowdonia Society, Bangor University and the Woodland Skills Centre.

Jonathan has a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Msc Rural Resource Management as well as a Permaculture Design Certificate. He has had various roles over the years in conservation, the environment, agriculture and environmental consultancy.

Jonathan has great enthusiasm and enjoys passing on his skills to others and promoting all bee species as well as honeybees.

Lisa Mundle

Lisa Mundle has a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and a Permaculture Design Certificate and is a competent beekeeper and instructor, managing the processing and marketing of honey and hive products. Lisa is a gardener and food grower, and has a specialist interest in gardening for pollinators.

Lisa also works for Wild Elements, a Community Interest Company that connects people to nature, improving lives, opportunities and aspirations.

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