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Natural Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, July 8th 2017

One of a selection of workshops offered by Meadow Connections, in the delightful setting of Lower Winskill Farm in the Yorkshire Dales.  


A chance to see how beekeeping has changed from the times when men hunted wild colonies and stole their honey to modern intensive farming techniques and how some beekeepers are trying to redress the balance.

Discuss problems faced by bees and beekeepers.

Discover cheap, sustainable ways of providing a home for a honeybee colony, with the chance to take a small amount of honey without harming the bees.

For further details and booking see the Meadow Connections web site and flyer (right).


Introduction to Top-Bar hives (1 Day)

Saturday 22nd July 2017

£80.00 each

Keeping bees is an increasingly popular pastime which helps you to connect with nature and make a meaningful contribution to a healthy environment.

This practical, 1 day workshop provides an introduction to top-bar beekeeping. Participants will gain a good understanding of how to keep bees enjoyably and successfully using top-bar hives.

Topics covered will include:

  • ·   ·  The benefits of top-bar beekeeping
  • ·       Types of top-bar hive and how to build your own
  • ·       How to properly run a top-bar hive
  • ·       The value of top-bar beekeeping for those with a disabilities
  • ·       Practical experience of manipulating top-bar hives

Delegates will leave the course with the confidence and skills to start running their own top-bar hives.

Who is it for?

This course is for people who are already beekeepers and who are considering adding top-bars to their apiary.

Delegates will leave the course with the confidence and skills to start running their own top-bar hives.

Further details and booking info are available from, click on courses.

Photograph © - Copyright Grant Dempster 2015

Beginners Natural Beekeeping weekend at Brinscall Hall

Fri, 28 Jul 2017, 18:00 – Sun, 30 Jul 2017, 15:00

Another opportunity to enjoy the tranquil setting of Brinscall Hall, near Chorley, and learn all you need to know to make a start at Natural Beekeeping.

Over the weekend we will discuss:

  • Principles of Natural Beekeeping
  • Introducing bees
  • Life cycle of the colony
  • Hints and tips to help you build your top-bar hive
  • Baiting a hive
  • Basic swarm catching
  • Feeding
  • Observation
  • Pests, diseases and the role of the Bee Inspector

And if you have any questions, bring them along.

If possible – weather permitting – we will spend some time with bees in a top-bar hive, so please bring suitable clothing; at least a hat and veil, or a beekeeping suit if you prefer (some simple smocks will be available to borrow for those who don't want to commit yet).

Further details and booking at