'The keeping of bees is like the
direction of sunbeams.'

Henry David Thoreau
1817-1862

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  What is Natural Beekeeping?
 
  Natural Beekeeping aims to provide for the needs of the bee colony above that of
the beekeeper. It is a holistic approach based on respect and love for the bee colony.

Of course, the term Natural Beekeeping itself is somewhat problematic, as the
keeping of bees is never truly natural; bees exist and thrive naturally, and have done
for millions of years without the aid of a keeper, often living high up in a tree hollow.
The primary reason for the long-lived success of Honeybees around the world is
their incredibly complex and vast array of behavioural and social abilities.
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  In recent years the term ‘superorganism’ has been used to describe the bee colony,
most memorably in ‘The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism’ by
Jürgen Tautz. Natural Beekeepers embrace this way of thinking, and tend to regard
each bee as part of the greater whole, rather than merely an individual insect.

Using this new understanding and knowledge of the bee colony, Natural Beekeeping
attempts to mimic the natural nest structure of the wild bee colony and give every
opportunity for the superorganism to thrive, communicate effectively, and become
resilient to disease and changing environmental conditions, whilst still retaining an
element of the ‘keeping’ of bees – that of human involvement.

Natural Beekeeping often leads to a complete re-thinking of conventional
beekeeping management and hive design.
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  Two popular hive designs for aspiring Natural Beekeepers are the Warré hive and
the Kenyan Top Bar Hive, although hundreds of different types of bee friendly
hives are used throughout the world from different cultures and using a wide
variety of materials.

In these hives, bees are allowed to construct natural comb, thereby determining
their own cell size, population mix, colony size, and rear their own queens.

A less intrusive style of beekeeping is also practiced in the knowledge that bees
are creatures of solitude, and great harm may be done to the colony by frequently inspecting the hive.

Various key components of this new, holistic approach to keeping bees are already supported by scientific research into colony life, not to mention the fact that it is a
far more gentle, enjoyable way to keep bees.

To find out more about this style of beekeeping, please see our Resources below
for extensive readings, links, and information.
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If the bee is, as the French say, ‘the sentinel of the environment’ then the fact that
large numbers of bee colonies are perishing around the world is an alarming sign that
we must change our beekeeping and farming practices and attempt to reconnect with
a Nature that is rapidly disappearing.

If you would like to help the plight of our honeybees, native bees and pollinators,
and guarantee our future health and food security, please consider:

~     Becoming a natural beekeeper (this alone will not necessarily ‘help the bees’
       however, as a beekeeper you will become acutely aware of the issues surrounding
       bees, and this will enable you to educate others)
~     Planting bee and pollinator friendly gardens
~     Providing habitat for native bees and pollinators
~     Supporting local organic and biodynamic farmers
~     Becoming a bee activist! Many of the problems facing honeybees and pollinators
       are due to the high level of toxic chemical use by humans, loss of diversity and
       quantity of forage, loss of habitat, and beekeeper applied chemicals. Please follow
       the links on our Resources page under the Pollination Crisis heading to become
       informed, and act.
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'Natural beekeeping aims to
raise awareness that we need to
re-establish our connection
with bees on the widest basis –
a connection we have lost in
the wake of our growing disregard
for the integrity of nature.'

Natural Beekeeping Trust UK
www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org


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Natural Beekeeping Courses
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Kirsten - Milkwood Permaculture

I teach several courses a year in Natural Beekeeping.

The courses are held over 2 days, and are run in partnership with the amazing
folks at Milkwood Permaculture.

The courses are focused on bee-friendly, natural, organic, biodynamic,
small-scale beekeeping, and are the only courses of their kind currently
being run in Australia.

Please visit here for more information.

All bookings to be made through:

Milkwood Permaculture - Ph. 02 6373 7763
Website: www.milkwoodpermaculture.com.au/courses/categoryevents/14-beekeeping


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  NATURAL BEEKEEPING RESOURCES
   
  By no means exhaustive, the list offered below is a collection of books, articles, and links that we have found to be indispensable in our day to day activities as Natural Beekeepers.
 
  Reading List
   
  BEE BIOLOGY   NATURAL & SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING
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  Jürgen Tautz The Buzz About Bees: Biology of a Super-organism

Abbé Warré Beekeeping for All
  Thomas Seeley   Honeybee Democracy

David Heaf The Bee-friendly Beekeeper
  Thomas Seeley   The Wisdom of the Hive

Phil Chandler   The Barefoot Beekeeper
  Karl Von Frisch The Dancing Bees

H.Storch   At the Hive Entrance
  Lesley Goodman Form and Function in the Honeybee

(also see free PDF articles below)
  Mark Winston The Biology of the Honey Bee

   
 
     
  POLLINATION CRISIS
  HISTORY  
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  Rowan Jacobsen Fruitless Fall: the Collapse of the Honeybee and the
Coming Agricultural Crisis

Eva Crane The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting
  Henk Tennekes

The Systemic Insecticides : A Disaster in the Making Hilda Ransome The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore
  Taggart Siegel &
Jon Betz
Queen of the Sun : What Are the Bees Telling Us?
Anthology
   
 

     
  NATIVE BEES
     
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  John Klump Australian Stingless Bees: A Guide to Sugarbag
Beekeeping

   
  Anne Dollin et al. Native Bees of the Sydney Region : A Field Guide

   


  Free PDF Books & Articles
         
  Abbé Warré

Beekeeping for All Roger Delon The Stable Climate Hive
  Johann Thür

Beekeeping - Natural, simple and successful Nicola Bradbear Bees and their role in forest livelihoods (FAO)

  David Heaf

Towards Sustainable Beekeeping RIRDC Pollination Aware
  David Heaf

Sustainable and Bee-friendly Beekeeping    
  United Nations
Environment Program
(UNEP)
Global Honey Bee Colony Disorder and other threats
to Insect Pollinators
 


  Online Resources
   
  WARRÉ & NATURAL BEEKEEPING    
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  This is the primary online site for Warré beekeepers in Anglophone regions. Established by David Heaf
(Wales), the site is an incredible resource with a great deal of excellent information covering all aspects
of Warré beekeeping

www.warre.biobees.com
  Warré beekeeping at Milkwood Farm (Central Tablelands, NSW Australia) and Sydney with Tim Malfroy
(Natural Beekeeping Australia). Informative blog posts with pictures and video detailing the
Milkwood Natural Beekeeping courses and the apiary through the seasons

www.milkwood.net/tag/warre
  Established by Phil Chandler (UK) the ‘barefoot’ beekeeper, Biobees is an excellent site with a great deal
of information, articles and a huge forum space for Natural Beekeepers around the world

www.biobees.com
  David Heaf’s webpage

www.bee-friendly.co.uk
  Michael Thiele (US), biodynamic beekeeper

www.gaiabees.com
www.themelissagarden.com

  Dennis Murrell (US), fantastic archived experiments with Top Bar Hives and NB beenaturalguy.com/natural-beekeeping/

   
  FRENCH LANGUAGE WARRÉ & NATURAL BEEKEEPERS
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  Jerome Alphonse www.mielleriealphonse.com

  Claude Bralet

www.la-ruche-sauvage.com
  Marc Gatineau

www.apiculturegatineau.fr
  Jean-François Dardenne - Warré portal

ruche-warre.levillage.org
  Gilles Denis www.ruche-warre.com

  Olivier Duprez

www.ruchebio.com
   
  AUSTRALIAN NATIVE BEES  
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  Australian Native Bee Research Centre, Blue Mountains NSW

www.aussiebee.com.au
  Megan Halcroft, Blue Mountains NSW www.beesbusiness.com.au

  Tim Heard, Brisbane QLD

www.sugarbag.net
  Russell and Janine Zabel, Hatton Vale QLD

www.zabel.com.au
     
  ORGANISATIONS  
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  Milkwood Permaculture www.milkwoodpermaculture.com.au

  Bees for Development
www.beesfordevelopment.org

  IBRA - The International Bee Research Association

www.ibra.org.uk

  Natural Beekeeping Trust

www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org
  Mellifera e.V. - Centre for Organic Beekeeping

www.mellifera.de
  Biodynamic Agriculture Australia

www.biodynamics.net.au
  Food Ethics Council

www.foodethicscouncil.org
  Demeter International

www.demeter.net
  Slow Food International

www.slowfood.com
   
  OTHER LINKS  
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  Eric Tourneret - the bee photographer www.thehoneygatherers.com
thebeephotographer.photoshelter.com

  Inspired Beeing - a blog about social enterprise and beekeeping in Turkey inspiredbeeing.com

  Balyolu - Honey walking trails in North East Turkey www.balyolu.com

   
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