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.
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