June Update

Barry Griffiths took these pictures of yesterday’s very useful Disease Recognition Workshop at Henfaes. Many thanks to RBI Frank Gellatly, and SBI’s Jonathan Garratt and Peter Haywood.
Disease workshop 2012

Wednesday 13th June—Farmers’ Market

Conwy Quay, 9am to 2pm.

Saturday 16th June–Beekeeping Taster Day

Rowen and Tal y Cafn. A few spaces still available. See here for details

Saturday 7th July—Apiary meeting

Tal y Cafn at 2.30pm. Open to all members, not just new beekeepers. New hives, six colonies, small groups with three or four instructors, a hands-on experience for all.

Basic Beekeeping for Beginners winter evening course

Henfaes. Season seven starts in September, now booking. Highly recommended. See www.beeswales.co.uk.

Out-Apiary site available

We’ve been offered space for beehives in a field between Betws y Coed and Capel Garmon, 650 ft. ASL, drive-in access to field, good shelter, gentle slope, no public rights of way, just a few sheep in the field. Please contact the secretary if you are interested in using this site.

Much rain

I recorded 42mm of rain near Rowen on Friday, and member Jenny Buels recorded 84mm at Nant Gwynant, the highest one-day rainfall there in eleven years. Can you beat these figures?

Peter McFadden

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3 Responses to June Update

  1. Bruno Healy says:

    I live at Tan y Cefn, Garnfadryn. I would like to seriously consider keeping at least one hive of bees (to begin with). What are the procedures I need to follow. I do not drive or own a car but rely on public transport – one bus each day.
    My first query is – is it too exposed and windy on Garnfadryn. I own half an acre of land on which I am at the moment planting a varied wind break of native trees.
    Is there a good book I could read on bee keeping ?
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Bruno Healy (meudwy)

  2. Bruno Healy says:

    I am very interested in keeping a hive of bees. What do I need to do ? I own half an acre of land at Garnfadryn where I have recently planted a varied wind break of native trees. Is there a good book on bee keeping that I should read. I do not have my own transport but rely on one local bus per day into Pwllheli. I look forward to hearing from you.
    My address is Tan y Cefn, Garnfadryn LL53 8TG tel 01758-730475
    thank you
    Bruno Healy (meudwy)

    • secretary says:

      Hallo Bruno,
      Thanks for your message, we are pleased to here you would like to start keeping bees. We suggest you contact Lleyn and Eifionydd Beekeepers’ Association. See http://www.wbka.com for their contact details under Associations.
      We recommend the book Keeping Bees by Pam Gregory, available from Amazon. Pam Gregory was a former Regional Bee Inspector for Wales.