Apiary meetings

Apiary Meetings

Directions to Conwy Beekeepers’ apiary  tal y cafn apiary1

 

  • Our training apiary is in the old Llwydfaen Quarry at Tal y Cafn, Conwy Valley.

  • We lease the quarry from Bodnant Estate.

  • The quarry is on the site of a 12th century motte and bailey. Click here for information.

  • Roadside parking for about 20 cars.

  • No toilets on site.

  • No equipment or tools are stored on site.

  • We meet on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, 2.30pm to about 4.30pm, every four weeks, April to August.

  • We welcome newcomers, who are just thinking about becoming beekeepers, as well as new beekeepers and improvers.

  • Friends and family are welcome, age 10 years and upwards.

  • We have one meeting in early January, to control varroa mites.

  • The apiary is stocked with a variety of hives: National timber and polystyrene, WBC and Rose one size box.

  • The bees are inspected annually by our Seasonal Bee Inspector.

  • The site is very sheltered and ideal for training purposes.

  • We can provide good quality bee suits and gloves for newcomers, children’s sizes up to XL. Just bring wellies.

  • We emphasize the importance of personal safety when working with bees. Everybody present is expected to wear appropriate protective clothing.

  • We usually have 20 to 30 trainees at meetings, with three instructors, and we split into small groups.

  • We have a pool of about six instructors. Would you like to join the pool?

  • The training sessions are informal, and we encourage trainees to handle combs of bees.

  • We always welcome offers of help with gardening.

  • Please contact the Apiary Manager Kevin Jones, email apiary@conwybeekeepers.org.uk

  • Dates for 2017: Sunday 2nd July, Saturday 29th July and Saturday 26th August, all at 2.30pm.

Updated July 2017.

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