The Summer School is a new and unique experience
- a residential course aimed at beekeepers with 3-5 years of
experience. It has been created to help develop skills and confidence at
that crucial point where beekeepers generally outgrow the
beginner-focussed training and support available locally, but find there
is little structured training aimed at them.
There is rarely only one right answer in beekeeping, so we'll look beyond the
"always do this..." approach that suits beginners but not the more
experienced beekeeper. We want to move you on from such reactive or
formulaic beekeeping and improve your ability to recognise and
understand what is really happening in a colony (or apiary) and plan for
useful tasks and manipulations to keep the bees happy and healthy
whilst achieving your management goals.
Each day has a varied mix of discussions, lectures, and apiary work. Our
basic approach is simple: we will discuss a topic first, then move out
to the bees to practice. With small student groups and several tutors,
combined with the immersive effect of a week-long residential course,
real learning can take place. The beekeeping talk generally starts over
breakfast, and continues well into the evening.