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The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) works to promote honey bees and beekeeping and to provide a range of services to its members.
  1. [News] Baby Seal Rescue

    The seal which still has its white baby fur was on its own with no sign of any other seals in the area. 

    The beekeepers called Anglesey Sea Zoo which has a maritime research department and they are on their way to rescue it. 



  2. Willow Weaving Course - Make a Bee (Saturday 20th January 2018)

    Learn a new skill this winter. Join our professional willow weaver, Heather, as she guides you through the techniques needed to build your own willow bee.
    This practical and enchanting course is ideal for participants from a wide range of ages and abilities. It is ideal for families.
    Gift vouchers will be supplied for Christmas or other special occasions.
    The course fee includes:-
    Extensive tuition
    All materials needed to create your own willow bee

    Teas and coffees will be provided throughout the day

    At the end of the day you can take your bee home to take pride of place in your garden.
    You will need to bring:-

    Warm clothing (in case the building gets chilly (after all it will be January)
    The Venue

    The course will be held at "The Bee Centre" on 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.
    Accommodation, food, etc.
    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.
    Samlesbury Hall
    Premiere Inn
    Samlesbury Hotel
    Tickled Trout
    Holiday Inn Express

    The price for this course is £45.

    Places are limited as this course is expected to be popular and we need to keep numbers low (maximum of 10 people) in order to ensure good support for all participants. It is therefore advisable to book early.

    Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis. When full, a waiting list will be created. We may run a second course in March.

    Once paid, the fee for this course is not refundable.

    For more information contact: Simon Cordingley or Kath Cordingley - T: 07971956148 or E:

  3. Weekend Course on treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives with Dr Leo Sharashkin of Missouri, USA.

    The Course will take a natural approach to beekeeping including:

    •How bees live in nature and how to respect their ways in your apiary.
    •Natural and less intensive management.
    •Start or increase an apiary by attracting swarms of local bees.
    •Horizontal hives and their advantages.
    •Wax foundation v foundationless natural comb.
    •Colony management - what to do and what not to do.
    •One-box hive, no feeding, no queen excluders, no requeening.
    •Healthy strong colonies without any treatments.

    Dr Leo Sharashkin is editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile: A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture, a comprehensive resource on keeping bees naturally in horizontal hives. He is contributor to American Bee Journal, The Beekeepers Quarterly, and Acres USA, and speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping, organic growing, and Earth-friendly living. He holds a PhD in Forestry from the University of Missouri and a Master’s in Natural Resources from Indiana University, USA.

    Cost: £325.00

    For more information contact: Donna Regan - T: 01600714848 - E:

  4. This course provides a practical introduction to managing a colony of bees safely and responsibly. You will have the opportunity to work in small groups with an experienced tutor to inspect and manipulate "your" colony of bees for the whole summer season and discover if beekeeping is for you.

    There may be a chance to purchase a nucleus colony of bees from the apiary at the end of the season.

    We will provide a protective bee suit.

    Please note this course ideally follows our winter evening classes on the theory of beekeeping so is most suitable for those already secure in some knowledge of beekeeping.

    Cost: £100.00

    For more information contact: Helen Worwood - E:

  5. The morning session will introduce you to the theory of beekeeping - bee biology, hive set up, cost and equipment required, the beekeeping year and all about honey!

    Weather permitting, after lunch we will open and inspect a hive alongside an experienced beekeeper.

    A protective bee suit will be provided.

    16 places available each date - book early to avoid disappointment.

    Cost: 50.00

    For more information contact: Helen Worwood - E:

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