Making Increase and Queen Rearing (1 Day Workshop)

This practical workshop will help you to cost-effectively improve and increase your honeybee stocks

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About the Course

Course Leader - Kath Cordingley

Making increase and rearing your own queens are cost-effective ways to ensure the continuity of your hives, grow your stock and improve the quality and temperament of your bees.

This practical, 1-day workshop covers a range of topics and techniques to suit the “ordinary” beekeeper.

It includes a large practical element in our on-site apiary using techniques which are easy to understand and apply.


Who is it for?

This course is aimed at beekeepers who:
- Currently manage one or more colonies
- Can handle bees reasonably well
- Understand the "basics" of beekeeping
- Are able to recognise eggs and young larvae
- Are able to identify and manage queens

What do you need to bring?

- Clean protective clothing (if using your own rather than ours)
- Lightweight gloves (we can provide these if needed)
- Outdoor footwear (wellies or walking boots are ideal)
- Magnifying aids, if required, to see eggs and young larvae
- A notepad/laptop is strongly recommended
- A camera can be useful during the practical sessions

The Tutors

The course will be run by our own Kath Cordingley. Kath is an experienced beekeeper who currently manages around 150 colonies. She is a strong advocate for breeding sustainable, localised bees and successfully breeds queens in the NW of England, based on our native black bee.

The Venue

The course will be held at our visitor centre in the grounds of the Samlesbury Hall estate near Preston. We are 5 minutes from J31 of the M6. The facility includes a large indoor visitor centre and classroom area alongside our outdoor apiaries and half-acre pollinator garden.

Set in the heart of Lancashire, the location is ideal for those who wish to integrate the course with an extended visit to the North West. We are a short hop from the Lake District, the North Yorks Moors and the beautiful Trough of Bowland. There is also Samlesbury Hall itself; a striking 12th-century building and visitor attraction which now includes an excellent restaurant and wafflery. There is also plenty to do for partners who wish to accompany delegates and/or for those of you who want to take the opportunity for an extended stay.

Food, Accomodation, Etc.

The course fee includes refreshments throughout the day. Due to an increasing variation in dietary needs, lunch is not included. It is recommended that customers bring a packed lunch. There are also a few local shops where food can be purchased.

There is accommodation available on site (in glamping-style shepherds huts) at additional cost, as well as local hotels, pubs and B&Bs. A selection of links are provided below.

The Course Fee

The price for this course is £125

Places are limited and this course is very popular, therefore early booking is advised. Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis. When full, a waiting list will be created. Our policies regarding refunds and cancellations can be found at the booking page of our online store.