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The Gower Honey Co-operative was set up by a couple of local bee enthusiasts in the beautiful Gower Peninsula in 2011. David says “Its been hard work to get the cooperative off the ground and early funding from the Welsh Assembly Government got us off to a good start. Honey from our members’ apiaries is now available for sale in Swansea which was a key objective for us this year. Well done to all our members who have been involved in this initiative.”

NEWS

See our news page for the latest news on the development of the Coop and its honey extraction facility.

OUR AIMS

We aim to do many things around the promotion of local organic beekeeping and related products, education and awareness and bringing healthy organic bees to the fore. More information about this can be found on our Objectives page.

Getting ready to hive the bees – May 2011

The co-operative had been a discussion point for some time and took root when the cornerstone members, Stefano Luporini and David O’Carroll, set up the co-operative’s first hives and in their first season hived several swarms acquiring a critical mass necessary to drive the co-operative’s initiatives.

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Please feel free to ask us a question in our Q&A section or if you would like to find out more about where we are in the process or would like to get involved in the co-operative, please use the form on the Contact Us page.

ASIAN HORNET ADVICE

SWANSEA & DISTRICT BEEKEEPERS’ SOCIETY have set up an Asian Hornet Action Team to help beekeepers who think they may have seen an Asian Hornet in their apiary or indeed have captured one. The AHAT’s advice is as follows: Take time before and after each inspection of your hives to see if there is unusual …

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Co-operative news

September 2018 ASIAN HORNETS IN CORNWALL An Asian hornet has been found in Cornwall and surveillance activity is underway. Government press release. May 2018 AMBROSIA As the Coop’s supplies of Ambrosia had dwindled to 2 cans I have put in a new order and members can get cans @ £15.50 or if they collect five …

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Objectives

The Co-operative’s primary aims include: Provide encouragement to people interested in beekeeping either as hobbyists or on a commercial basis; Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge on the local flora, its importance as a source of nectar and pollen for bees; Provide for the selling and marketing of Gower branded honey products (which adhere …

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Asian Hornets – message from WBKA

Asian Hornet (AH) – What we can do to assist most effectively? You will have heard that there have recently been Asian Hornet sightings and a  nest found near in Fowey in Cornwall. Another single adult was found near Liskeard (approximately 10 miles away), a drone which, hopefully, will turn out to be from the …

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ASIAN HORNETS IN CORNWALL

There has been a confirmed sighting of an Asian Hornet in Fowey, Cornwall. This is too close for comfort! We recommend that all beekeepers are put on heightened alertness – members should be taking action to increase vigilance as follows: Put Asian Hornet monitoring traps in your apiaries – monitor daily/frequently Close up your entrance …

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2016 Bad year for bees – again

At times I was quite hopeful that the bees would do well but the omens were bad from the start. Having split two hives at St.Madocs the new Queens failed to mate properly and we are back to three hives. On the bright side two empty hives at home were colonised and I placed one …

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Beekeeping at St.Madocs

Just rediscovered the YouTube interview I did in 2014! St.Madocs

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