Warre hive

Warre Hive Beekeeping Courses

We keep bees in Warre hive which is a French system inspired from the traditional skep beekeeping. The bees are provided with empty boxes and they self build their own natural combs. The native Irish black bees are selected and we take the surplus honey leaving plenty of stores for the winter. The honey combs are crushed and  pressed which gives us a unique product. We keep around 15 colonies of Irish Black Bees, the native Irish subspecies of Apis mellifera mellifera Hibernica. 

To avoid varroa and competition, we put the hive by groups of 2 or 3 and we have 8 small apiaries scattered in prime locations where no tillage (oild seed rape or fodder beans) could affect the well being of the bees and the quality of our honey. The result has been amazing and in 2018 we had only 6% winter/spring losses without feeding/treatment/intrusive management practices. We lost 1 hive out of 16! Which is still too much when you consider than average losses of Black bees in the French conservatoire of Ouessant in Brittany is only 3%. A goal to aim for!

Natural Beekeeping Course with Warre Hive (€90)

It is a full day course. It starts at 10am and finishes at 3pm

The cost of this course is 90 euro per person

What is covered during the day:

Basics of a Bee Nest
Construction (Warre system and Delon system, Japanese system)
How to preserve the hive
Starting from scratch (AMM, location, where to buy)
General management
Managing the increase (split, shook swarm, varroa, winter stores, requeening)
Tools
Bait hives (how to use them)
Driving bees with smoke and sound
Honey harvest (press, mead)
Wax (rendering)
Propolis (make a varnish, protect your plants)
Pollen (leave it to the bees)
Mead and honey cake




Warre Hive Beekeeping Videos

Warre Hive in March


Warre Hive during the Summer flow


Testing For Quiet Bees

Warre natural bee-keeping course (€90) (click to book)

The cost of this course is 9euro per person.

It is a full day course. It starts at 10h and finishes at 15h.