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Welcome to the Conwy Beekeepers’ website

Updated July 2017

Swarms of bees   Please see our website page Nuisance Bees  Scroll right down for a list of beekeepers who can help you.

Sat 29th July  Apiary Meeting at Tal y Cafn at 2.30pm.   All welcome.

New website page   Tales from the apiary

Wed 13th September Conwy Honey Fair. We’re taking bookings for stalls now. See Conwy Fairs pages.  Note our new email address is peterhoney914@gmail.com

Thanks to everybody who supported the Conwy Seed Fair on 27th March.  Our collection in aid 0f Bees for Development raised a record £460.   Click here to see pictures.
You can see Conwy Beekeepers working with the bees at Tal y Cafn on ITV Wales’ Coast and Country here. at about 11:00 minutes.

Asian hornets  Click here to see an account of Beekeeping with Asian hornets in France.

Joining Conwy Beekeepers  You can join Conwy BK online here

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Many thanks to everybody who supported the 2016 Conwy Honey Fair. Conwy was packed with visitors all day. We had about 26 beekeepers selling honey, including four with display hives of bees. Our collection in aid of Bees for Development raised £715. This unique Fair attracts beekeepers from all over North Wales, and honey lovers from far and wide. Put them together and you have an amazing event, still true to its 730-year old roots. Edward 1st would be proud of us! You will never see honey selling so quickly. Dates for 2017:  Conwy Seed Fair, Monday 27th March; Conwy Honey Fair, Wednesday 13th September. We hope to see you here.

Conwy Beekeepers was founded in 1978 as Aberconwy and Colwyn Beekeepers’ Association. In 2002, we became Conwy Beekeepers’ Association, and in 2014 we became Conwy Beekeepers Limited, a Company limited by Guarantee. We are the second largest BKA in Wales (Cardiff has a few more members) with over 160 members, including about six of the original members. We are based in the county of Conwy in North Wales, and we have members all over the county and beyond. Many of our members have only one or two hives of bees, and a few have over 40 hives. We have members just starting with bees, a lucky few who have had bees for over 50 years, and one whose family has kept bees continuously since 1912.

We have organized the Conwy Honey Fair and the Conwy Seed Fair since 1990, and these have become major events again.  We raise funds for Bees for Development at both Fairs, to encourage people in the developing world to become self-reliant through beekeeping. We raised a record £900 at the Honey Fair in 2014.

In 2004, we initiated the Conwy Feast, which has become the largest food event in North Wales; and more recently the National Beekeeping Centre for Wales. These are run by separate Community Interest Companies.

Our aim is to encourage people to keep bees, and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees, and to produce honey! We just love being with our bees and talking about beekeeping. Every year is going to be the best honey year ever.

We hold monthly lecture meetings at Craig y Don Community Centre in the winter, and regular summer meetings with the bees at our apiary at Tal y Cafn. We are partners in providing a popular winter evening course. The course is held at Henfaes Research Centre near Bangor, in association with the National Beekeeping Centre for Wales. The course, now in its 11th year, attracts new beekeepers from all over North Wales, and many become members of Conwy BK.  The Beekeeping Centre also runs taster days and intensive weekend courses.

Conwy BK is affiliated to the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association.

Visit the WBKA website for info on other BKA’s in Wales.

We hope you enjoy our website, and we would love to receive your comments.

Croeso i wefan Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Conwy.

Sefydlwyd CGC yn 1978, ac erbyn hyn mae gennym dros 150 o aelodau, a chwech ohonynt yn aelodau ers y cychwyn. Rydym wedi ein lleoli yn sir Conwy, un o ardaloedd hardd gogledd Cymru, a daw ein haelodau o bob rhan o’r sir a thu hwnt. Rydym i gyd yn cael mwynhad o’n gwenyn. Un cwch sydd gan nifer fawr o’n haelodau ond mae gan ambell un gynifer a 60, ac mae profiad gwenyna yn amrywio hefyd o’r niferoedd gwenynwyr newydd i’r ychydig sy’n gwenyna ers dros 60 mlynedd. Bu teulu un ohonom yn gwenyna’n ddidor ers canrif!

Ers 1990, bu’r gymdeithas yn trefnu ffeiriau hynafol Conwy, sef y Ffair Fel sy’n 700 mlwydd oed, a’r Ffair Hadau, ac maent bellach wedi dod yn boblogaidd iawn, ac yn llwyddiant unwaith eto. Yn ystod y ffeiriau, byddwn yn codi arian ar gyfer “Bees for Development”, elusen sy’n cynorthwyo pobl yn y trydydd byd i ddod yn hunan- gynhaliol drwy gadw gwenyn.

Yn 2004, buom yn flaenllaw yn sefydlu Gwledd Conwy sydd bellach yn ddigwyddiad blynyddol hynod boblogaidd, ac hefyd, yn fwy diweddar,sefydlwyd Canolfan Gwenyna Genedlaethol i Gymru. Erbyn hyn mae’r ddau sefydliad yn cael eu gweinyddu gan gwmniau cymunedol pwrpasol.

Mae ganddom dri nod arbennig, sef

  • I annog pobl i gadw gwenyn.

I godi ymwybyddiaeth o bwysigrwydd gwenyn.

I gynhyrchu mel.

Gwahoddir siaradwyr i gyfarfodydd misol yn ystod y gaeaf, yng nghanolfan gymunedol Craig y Don, ac yn yr haf cynhaliwn ddyddiau arbennig ar gyfer dechreuwyr, a chyfarfodydd ymarferol yn ein gwenynfa ni yn Nhal y Cafn. Trefnu’r cwrs wythnosol dros fisoedd y gaeaf, mewn cydweithrediad a’r Canolfan Gwenyna Genedlaethol i Gymru, yng nghanolfan ymchwil Henfaes ger Bangor. Daw gwenynwyr newydd o bob cwr o ogledd Cymru iddo a bydd nifer fawr ohonynt wedyn yn ymaelodu a CGC.

Mae CGC yn cydweithio a chymdeithas gwenynwyr Cymru (WBKA).

Ewch i wefan WBKA am fwy o wybodaeth am gymdeithasau eraill Cymru.

Gobeithio y gwnewch fwynhau ein gwefan, ac mae croeso i chi ymateb a rhoi eich sylwadau.

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