Plants for Bee Landscapes

A unique one day workshop with master Bee Keeper Harald Hafner.

Bees and flowering plants co-evolved over millions of years and depend on each other.

Intaction and diverse ecosystems with a great variety of plants for constant supply and abundance of pollen and nectar are vital to the health and development of the 2000+ species of bees in Europe alone.

One of the biggest challenges facing wild bee populations and the beloved honeybee in recent times ares the changes to our landscapes due to desertification, fire, intensive forestry and agricultural monocultures, urbanisation, climate change and many other influences, that dramatically alter and reduce the available diversity of food sources.

Fortunately everyone can help to halt and reverse this trend. We can plant and encourage new bee pastures at any scale and make a difference, starting with our own windowsill, gardens and land in our care and by getting involved in our communities.

This workshop intends to give you some insights as to how bees and plants are connected and depend on each other and how we benefit from this relation.

Find out how a bee friendly landscape looks like and what are its main characteristics.

How can we influence and improve bee pastures.

Which plant species are best adapted to the different microclimates and soils of Portugal, and what nectar and pollen rich plants to choose, seed, plant, encourage and propagate.


Originally from Vienna, Austria, I am a professional Beekeeper devoted to natural and biodynamic beekeeping with currently 200+ hives in and around Mangualde and in the foot hills of the bordering serras.

I started beekeeping 20 years ago in my native Austria, many years after beeing infected with the bee virus in my great aunts Bee House in the South Tyrolean Mountains. Apart from Austria and Portugal (10 years now) I have also kept bees in the tropical Caribbean. I have a Master Beekeeper degree from the Austrian Beekeeping School in Warth/Austria and have been holding beekeeping courses all over Portugal during the last 6 years, with more than 500 actual and future beekeepers reached so far.

In addition my passion for bees I have a keen interest and knowledge in gardening, ecosystems and botany since my early childhood and used to be a plant collector and ethno-botanist.

TIME: 10:00 – 17:00 participants are welcome to arrive from 09:30 for refreshments.

COST: 35 euros including hot soup. You are also invited to bring a plate of food to share.
Reduced price for fire victims: 25 euros

VENUE: Quinta dos Covões near Fornos de Algodres. Overnight accommodation with breakfast is available at extra cost.

The course will run with a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 20.

YOU MIGHT ALSO BE INTERESTED IN: Harald Hafner’s Monthly Bee Keeping Course – come along once a month, for 5 months, to learn everything you need to know about caring for your bees throughout the main bee keeping season.

Start Date: 25 Mar 2018

End Date: 25 Mar 2018

See main description for full dates.

Website: Plants for Bee Landscapes


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