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Preparations for a Better Season
Beekeepers are natural optimists – starting each season with the hope that this year will be that perfect season where everything comes right. The cyclical seasonal nature of beekeeping makes it possible to broadly predict what equipment and interventions may be needed and when, but how many of us still play catch up with the bees? We start with the season winding down in August, review various key tasks and preparations as one season starts and the next begins, and look at some of the key skills that underpin confident and successful beekeeping.
About Dan Basterfield, NDB
Dan grew up with beekeeping around him, earning pocket money by clipping and marking queens. Having spent 15 years working in large companies, he returned to the family beekeeping business in Devon in 2005, and with his father expanded the business and built a brand new Honey Farm as the centre of their honey production, queen raising, and teaching activities.
He is a regular lecturer around the UK on practical beekeeping topics. Daniel wrote some of the BBKA's Course in a Case training courses, has contributed to the BBKA's Liquid Gold and Swarming videos, and most recently co-authored the BBKA's Healthy Hive Guide book.