The Guide to Idle Beekeeping with Bill Anderson: Part Two

Bill Anderson

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From building a hive to harvesting honey, urban beekeeper Bill Anderson shows aspiring beekeepers how to keep bees the idle way. We’ll visit Bill’s rooftop apiary in London where he keeps his minimum interference Warré hives. 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 Two of this course focuses on what to do with your hives in autumn. In three video-based lessons, Bill will show you how to build a hive, how to harvest honey from the hive and how extract the honey comb. You will learn to make delicious mead and collect beeswax for candles and Bill will demonstrate each process step by step.

Course Outline

Lesson 4A: Harvest – 32.19 mins

Lesson 4B: Honey, Mead and Beeswax – 41.09 mins

Lesson 5: Build your own Hive – 23.46 mins

Recap: What to do in Spring and what to do in Autumn – 8.46 mins

About the Tutor

Bill Anderson has directed television drama ranging from Evelyn Waugh’s classic “Sword of Honour” starring 007 Daniel Craig to the current “Dr Who” series. 

After installing some purchased bees in a Warre hive on the tiny sliver of horizontal roof atop his West London home, over the last three years Bill has enticed four wild swarms to move into Warre hives.  This hive system strives to emulate the bees’ natural habitat in the wild – a cavity in a tree – whilst also making some accommodation for human sweet teeth. Bill prefers to think of himself as more of a hive-keeper than a beekeeper – the bees are always free to leave his hives whenever they feel like it – just like an inn-keeper’s customers…




What You Get

Three video-based lessons plus a recap lesson, PDF notes and access to the community forum.

Who This Course is For

This course is suitable for anyone who has completed Part One of our beekeeping course or for beekeepers with some prior knowledge.


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