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Koa Tree Camp

Balanced Beekeeping is a perfect course for beginners and intermediate beekeepers. This course focuses on the Top Bar hive and how this wonderful design can help you to keep bees in an organic way, balanced with the needs of the bees and the environment. 


Phil Chandler is one of the South Wests best beekpeeing brains and has been teaching beekeeping for many years, he brings a remarkable depth of experience. 


'"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.' Phil Chandler


The course covers 

  • Why do we keep bees?
  • What do you need to get started?
  • The lifecycle of a colony
  • The nature of honeybees and flowering plants
  • Principles and philosophy of balanced beekeeping
  • Principles into practice: how to get started
  • Hive design from the bees' point of view
  • Comparing vertical and horizontal hives
  • How to attract free swarms
  • How to take a swarm from a tree
  • Your first year: what to look out for
  • How to recognise common pests and diseases and what to do about them
  • Feeding: what, when and how
  • How and when to take honey and other hive products
  • Your first winter: how to prepare and what to do
  • Your second year: getting to know your bees

Balanced Beekeeping for All - 21st-22nd September

  • Please be aware that any cancellations will be subject to a charge equivalent to 25% of the total unless otherwise discussed. We will endeavour to resell your space if you cannot make it and refund this cahrge although we cannot guarantee this.


    Cancellations less than 6 weeks from the date of the course can not be refunded.