On the 6th of April, 2013 Lampeter Beekeepers Association held a beekeeping taster day as a part of their project with Cynnal y Cardi.

Held in the small community hall of Cellan, a number of individuals turned out to discover more about the plight of the honeybees and their declining population, and how and what they can do to help the situation.

The media hype around the honeybee’s situation, has led to a rise in demand for equipment and bees as more and more people look to take up the hobby.  Unfortunately, not all newcomers seek the knowledge and support that is available, to enable them to make a success of it, leading to many people just to give up a year or two later when their bees have died.

The role of the local beekeeping association is vital to ensure the future of the humble honey bee, an organisation where the beginner can find information support and advice from the other beekeepers in their area.

Lampeter Beekeepers Association has performed this role for many years and is a well established organised association, but we are always looking for new ways to attract potential new beekeepers to the association.  This is why we approached Cynnal y Cardi to support our endeavour to inform the public of their role in helping with the preservation of the honeybee in Ceredigion, and to provide just “a little bit more” information to those who are tempted to keep honeybees.

With this in mind the Lampeter Beekeepers Association organised their first “Beekeeping Taster Day.”

Mike Davies, the Training Officer, started the day off with his presentation, “The Wonderful Honeybee,” that explained a little of the history and biology of the honeybee together with an insight into the first steps in beekeeping.  This presentation was fascinating with everyone absorbing all the information in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

Following lunch, during which we sampled some of the best honey I’ve ever tasted! We were given a practical demonstration on how to inspect a beehive by Ron Lockham  – Apiary Manager.  This was a vital part of the day, as it gave members of the public the opportunity to actually look inside a live beehive and watch the bees going about their business.  You could see by the look on their faces, just how fantastic everyone thought this was!

To wrap up the day Gordon Lumby, our organisation’s secretary gave a presentation on “beekeeping through the ages” which further explored the relationship between man and bee.

There was a great display of beekeeping equipment and the association members were all on hand to respond to numerous questions from the attending public.

Several people expressed real interest in finding out more about this wonderful insect and about beekeeping, which only goes to highlight the success of this gloriously sunny taster day – we couldn’t have asked for more!

For more information on beekeeping, please visit our new website, www.lampeterbeekeepersassociation.co.uk/

Beekeeping Taster Sessions – pdf- click this link for more information.