Our apiary school in France

If you are interested in the bee, this fascinating and wonderful insect, if you want to install a hive at home, in your garden or on your balcony, to make some honey or simply to observe the bees and to participate in the maintenance of the biodiversity, this site is made for you.

For several years, the apiary school Villa le Bosquet has been testing many forms of beekeeping, and different types of hives. It is this experience that we share with you. We organize regular courses in Normandy in our garden dedicated to bees in Gonneville sur mer (14), Olivier Duprez will teach you in one day to take care of one or several hives.

To let the colony evolve in a natural way, it implies of course that the beekeeper intervenes only punctually, and as little as possible. The bees will have to be provided with a suitable home, let them do their thing, and only intervene when necessary. In this type of beekeeping, the bees will of course build their combs themselves, there is no question of providing them with commercial waffle wax. Bees have been building their own comb for more than 135 million years and they know how to do it very well! Not bringing wax into the hives is excellent from a sanitary point of view, as commercial wax is often contaminated by a large number of pesticides. In BioDynamics, the combs are considered the bones around which the colony will build itself. It is normal for the colony to build its own bone structure, so any addition of embossed wax can be like a bone graft! We will also, of course, let the colony reproduce by swarming. This is how bees have managed to reproduce and survive since time immemorial, long before man appeared on Earth. And we are going to let the bees feed on their own honey. It may seem like a no-brainer, but bees make honey for food first. 

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