Natural Honey - Honey Bee Conservation - Sustainable Beekeeping
WELCOME TO WOODLAND BEES
2023 BEEKEEPING SEASON
May 2023 - Update
The new beekeeping Season is now in full swing and it's nice to be back out in the fresh air working with our bees. We now have honey bees in a number of locations in both Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Our conservation work with the native Welsh honey bee continues and we are also working hard to ensure all our beekeeping is done sustainably. We are actually in the process of developing a Sustainabilty Standard for everything we do.
At this point in the year we are concentrating on honey bee genetics and ensuring that our bees are healthy. As we move into June we will be looking forward to a good honey crop.
This Summer we are also finally making a start on the refurbishment of our retail shop in St Clears, a project which was postponed back in 2020 due to the Covid situation. This should now be completed by September and we will then once again be selling honey and other related bee products from our own shop.
So, as you can see - we're going to be very busy over the next few months!
TRAINING FOR NEW BEEKEEPERS
April- October 2019
Selwyn is the volunteer Apiary Manager at the Carmarthenshire Beekeepers' Association. Each year he organises training courses for new beekeepers. The 2019 Course started this month. Interested in beekeeping? Get in touch and register for the 2020 Course or to come along to a 'taster event' this Summer (dates to be arranged).
We are currently expanding our apiaries and developing an enhanced programme for the conservation of our native Welsh honey bees.
Here at Woodland Bees we love pure, natural honey.
There are so many different flavours. The flavour of natural honey all depends on the particular flowers the bees have visited during the course of each day.
There are so many interesting facts about honey bees, how they live and the precious honey they produce.. Honey bees really are special.
Bees do so much work to create honey. However, it's not just how they produce honey, it's also about the pollination of flowers and fruit which ensures we have food and natural products like cotton.
The benefits of natural honey are huge, from using honey on your skin to help it heal, to drizzling honey on your morning toast for the taste, or the health benefits.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BEES
Honey bees have been around for a long time. Their original habitat was in tree hollows within natural woodlands. This is where they would create a bee hive with natural wax comb. There is plenty of evidence to show that honey bees have lived and thrived successfully for thousands of years. That is until recently. Their continued existence is now threatened by environmental change and the use of chemicals and pesticides. That's why, at Woodland Bees, we put the bees at the core of everything we do and why we believe:
The natural environment should be conserved and protected.
Chemicals and pesticides that may threaten honey bees and other pollinators should be strictly controlled or, in some cases, banned altogether.
Beekeepers and bee farmers should put the health and welfare of honey bees at the centre of everything they do.
Both the Welsh Government and the UK Government should have strong and robust pollinator strategies, together with appropriate legal and policy measures - backed up by effective action on the ground.
SUSTAINABLE AND ETHICAL BEEKEEPING
Many of us have an ideal image of beekeeping. We see a couple of cottage bee hives in a country garden being looked after by a kindly beekeeper in a white bee suit. Unfortunately, this is often a long way from the reality of both modern beekeeping and intensive modern commercial bee farming. The emphasis now is on getting the bees to do what we want them to do in the way we want them to do it. This can cause colony stress together with disease and ill-health. This in turn leads to the use of chemical treatments, and techniques such as artificial 'bee breeding'. At its worst this results in exploiting the bees. At Woodland Bees we have rejected this approach. We:
Are developing a system of bee farming based on sustainable beekeeping principles and practice.
Put the health and welfare of our bees as our first priority.
Keep only native or near-native British 'dark bees' because they are ideally adapted to our local climate here in Wales.
See the primary job of beekeepers and bee farmers as protecting and sustaining the population of healthy honey bees.
Adopted methods of apiary management that keep intervention in the life of our bee colonies to a minimum.
Happy and healthy bees produce high quality honey!