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Wild Communities Become Beekeepers for the Day!

Posted: Monday 17th July 2017 by WildCommunities

Ystradgynlais was a hive of activity this month, when a group of bee enthusiasts and potential bee keepers met up with the Wild Communities team for a free ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ course.

We started off the day on Ystradfawr Nature Reserve, bumbling about a sunny wildflower meadow, identifying the Bees and Hoverflies alighting on the deep purple Self Heal and yolk-coloured Birds Foot Trefoil. Chris Jones, Wild Communities Manager and bee-con of beekeeping knowledge, gave a short open air talk about the practicalities of setting up a hive in different locations, covering both urban to rural beekeeping.

After flying through town and up to the Healthy Living Centre, we gathered for a barnstorming introduction to beekeeping slideshow, with demonstration hives and equipment. This part of the course covered everything from different hive types, the different parts of a hive and their names and uses, the hive life cycle, queen rearing and extracting honey through to spring, summer, autumn and winter management. We learned so much.

All those that attended waxed lyrical about the day:

“What a BEEAUTIFUL experience. Looking forward to keeping bees ....and returning to ‘BEE’ a volunteer”

“An excellent introduction to a complex subject.”

“Wonderful day! Going to buy some local honey now!”

So thanks go to all for attending and supporting the project. The next event is the Butterfly Walk on Friday July 28th (call 01639 844 273 for details) and we are running a Wild about Gardens Week dedicated to bees, on October 23rd to October 27th so we hope to see you then.

Sarah, Wild Communities Project Assistant.

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