In 2008 Doug Purdie read about the worldwide bee decline and decided to do his bit by becoming a beekeeper so went and joined his local beekeeping association. Since then Doug has written a best-selling beekeeping book titled Backyard Bees, and followed up with his second book The Bee Friendly Garden in 2016 and runs many talks and workshops on bee keeping.
In this three hour session Doug will take you through the basics for setting up a bee hive with practical tips and tricks on how to get yours started, including the basic tools, gear and legal requirements. Doug will explain the importance of pollinators and the differences between native bees and European honey bees and why you might choose native or honey bees for your garden.
He will also run some hands on exercises and you will get to spin some honey from the gardens and taste the results of your labour!
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