Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 24

Apiary visit

Bees emerging

Lis and David joined the inspection at the Swansea and District Beekeepers Association’s apiary. It was the first time that Lis had put on a beesuit and handled bees. At the last apiary visit those present had been greeted by a hive swarming and we were therefore keen to see what progress they had made. …

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Jul 22

Parliament & Welsh Assembly

Gower MP Martin Caton has been busy in London sponsoring or signing various Early Day Motions concerning the health and welfare of bees. In March 2011 he sponsored the following motion – only 10 other MPs have signed which is disappointing. NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES AND POLLINATING INSECTS EDM 1684  “That this House welcomes the decision of …

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Jul 19

Green credentials

Colonies 1 & 2 on the recycled stand.

A key element of our thinking in setting up the co-op is to keep the environment and sustainability to the forefront in what we are doing. So what have we already done? The first hive we bought came from Maisemore’s, an established beekeeping supplier.   Colonies 1 & 2 on the stand made from recycled …

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Jul 18

Catching a swarm

Job well done!

It was less than a month ago that we managed to catch our first swarm! A harrowing experience for a couple of novices, but with all the support from nearby communities and the learnings shared beforehand. When we first started tackling the issue of hiving the swarm, our blood ran hot! This is no experience …

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