Embercombe Natural Beekeeping

Supporting and promoting natural, bee-first beekeeping and the return to healthy resilience for the honeybee.

Natural Beekeeping at Embercombe

Having bees on the land at Embercombe is a blessing for the land and the people who come here to work, to learn or just to visit. Our intention is … Continue reading

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Natural Beekeeping Courses

Come and stay at Embercombe in Devon for an inspiring weekend learning about ‘natural beekeeping’ which includes managing top-bar hives – a bee friendly way to keep and care for the … Continue reading


School children help to catch swarm at Embercombe summer 2014

 After one of our top bar hives throws a swarm during a visit from a local primary school, we are gifted with the opportunity for us all to get closer to … Continue reading

January 7, 2015

Ways to Bee Friendly

Our wonderful friends at Reconnect Magazine have just published this article for us: IT’S been a tough time for bees over recent years – from pesticides to parasites and from … Continue reading

February 20, 2013

Sunny winter days

The bees reminded us just how much they love the sunshine, even in the middle of the winter. On a sunny day just after New Years eve, the bees were … Continue reading

February 18, 2013

Them bees we sees

Them Bees we sees…. Can you believe them Bees we sees The ones that hang from up them trees That buzz around them pretty flowers Collecting nectar for hours and … Continue reading

May 8, 2012

Meeting the bees

We have just run this year’s second Natural Beekeeping course here at Embercombe. The course intends to inspire and inform people about bee-first natural beekeeping. People leave feeling confident and … Continue reading

May 7, 2012

the summer months… and into the autumn

Oh! how the summer has flown by… and now we are heading into autumn, and thinking about whether the bees have stored up enough throughout the summer to get them … Continue reading

September 5, 2011

Swarming time

As expected, May has brought us swarming adventures. Our first swarm of the year came from a topbar hive in the garden called Light (we assume…). Although we had done … Continue reading

May 17, 2011

Intermediate Natural Beekeeping Course

We had our first natural beekeeping course of the year back in march. This one was for the more experienced, which allowed Phil Chandler and Tim Hall to take the … Continue reading

April 15, 2011

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