If you are thinking of keeping bees, the Guide to Idle Beekeeping teaches you everything you need to get started, even in a city, and without effort.
From building a hive to harvesting honey, urban beekeeper Bill Anderson shows aspiring beekeepers how to keep bees the idle way. We visit the minimum interference Warré hives Bill keeps on his sliver of roof in London. These low-tech, low maintenance, bee-friendly “People’s Hives” were developed by French clergyman Abbé Warré a hundred years ago. They demand only two interventions a year, in spring and in autumn – that’s good for the bees, and less work for the beekeeper.
Part One of this online course focuses on what to do with your hives in spring. In three video-based lessons, Bill covers the philosophy and history behind the Warré hive, the life cycle of the bee, how to catch a swarm and how to build a bait hive. You will learn what to do when a swarm moves in and how to insulate your hive to keep your bees happy. Bill will demonstrate each process step by step and detailed notes for insulating your hive are included as well. Part Two, to be released in autumn, will focus on harvesting honey and making your own mead.
Lesson One: Get Bees – 38 mins
Lesson Two: Install Bees – 16 mins
Lesson Three: Help Bees – 23 mins