Sunday 24 March 2013

This email to YABeeP members is being posted on our website as it may be of interest to others who follow this blog:

1. Natural Beekeeping in Schools
Natural Beekeeping Trust
We have been contacted by our friends in the Natural Beekeeping Trust about a former student of one of their first beekeeping courses, Vanessa Clarke, who was a BT executive at the time. Vanessa went on to a Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Teacher Training course.

Now in her last months of teacher training Vanessa is proposing a project to further natural beekeeping which YABeeP would like to support.

Vanessa reports: " I am in my last months of study and for my final project, I have chosen to offer UK Steiner Waldorf schools practical ways of incorporating natural beekeeping methods into their curriculum.  There has been quite a lot of interest from Steiner Waldorf teachers - if I can make the integration as painless, efficient and economical as possible.

My vision is that Steiner Waldorf schools build and manage their own hive/s with the help of a local mentor.  If this is not possible, another suggestion is to have school children regularly visit local apiaries,  In order to determine the feasibility of such a project, I will be sending out two surveys - one to natural beekeepers and another to Steiner Waldorf teachers."
Depending on the results from the pilot, the hope is that the project will be offered to all schools - see attached.

YABeeP is asking members plus any other Natural Beekeepers whether you would be willing to help Vanessa getting the "evidence" she needs by completing the questionnaire (LINK HERE), and forwarding it to other natural beekeepers who are likely to be interested or might co-operate. This could be significant for future bees.

2. Brilliant Insect TV

Watch them again on BBC iPlayer
If you have not been watching the excellent series on Insects that the BBC has been running over the past couple of weeks spend a while to catch up on the BBC iPlayer.  2 must see programmes for those interested in bees are:

  • Insect Dissection: How Insects Work - available on iPlayer (sorry, BBC iPlayer is only available in the UK)
  • Planet Ant: Life inside the Colony - which is being repeated on BBC HD (Freeview channel 102) today at 19:00 hours or can be viewed on your pc. Ants and bees are very closely related.

Don't say we didn't tell you!

23 March 2013

Sunday 17 March 2013

Beginners Training Course 2013

Gareth John

Gareth John, a long-time friend of YABeeP, delivers training courses in Natural Beekeeping from his home in West Oxfordshire - details here. For the last couple of years Gareth has kindly agreed to run some of these for us here in North Somerset. 

The next course he will be running in Yatton is below.  (Note: this course is a one day version of the two day course run from his home.  It omits those parts of the material that relate to hive choice as between horizontal and Warré hives on the basis that YABeeP members use mainly Warré hives.)

Who is it for?
Primarily designed for those new to keeping honeybees wishing to use bee-centred methods and a holistic approach in Warré hives. You must be a YABeeP member to take part in this discounted offer.

Saturday 4th May  10:30 am to 4:30pm

To maximise the attention given to each attendee, numbers are limited where possible to 8 for each course.   Spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis - see Booking below for how to secure your place. If there is too much demand then a second day may be arranged separately. 

The cost will be £35 per person for the day. Teas and coffees will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch.

Course Outline

10.15 Arrival, coffee, biscuits and comfort calls. 

10.30 -11.30 The Honeybee Colony: An Organism Like No Other

11.30 – 12.30 The Pulse of The Bee: The dynamics of a honeybee colony and its interaction with its environment

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch Break

1.30 – 2.30 The Natural Beekeeping Year

2.30 – 3.30  Practical Demonstration of Warré Hives

3.30 – 4.30 Trusting the Bee

YABeeP members have been sent an email detailing how to book. This discounted opportunity is only available to YABeePers.

This is a great opportunity for us to receive some excellent training at a very reasonable cost from someone who I believe to be one of the best trainers in natural beekeeping in the country. If you want to take advantage of this book early as the spaces are limited.

Sal Pearson