Apiary meetings

Directions to Conwy Beekeepers’ apiary: Tal y Cafn apiary

How it used to be…

A comb of honey

 

Update December 2020.
We hope to restart our apiary meetings in April 2021.  Dates to follow.
Maximum 15 people, booking essential, breaking into two or three small groups, each with its own instructor.
Bring your own bee suit and gloves.
Email Peter McFadden secretary@conwybeekeepers.org.uk to book a place.

  • 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.  

  • Roadside parking for about 20 cars.

  • No toilets on site.

  • No equipment or tools stored on site.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 (under normal circumstances) 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 clean appropriate protective clothing.

  • 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.

  • If you would like to help at the apiary, please contact the Apiary Manager Kevin Jones, email apiary@conwybeekeepers.org.uk

 

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