The Society is made up of members from the Swansea and Gower area as well as a very wide surrounding area and is affiliated to the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association (WBKA). It aims to promote best beekeeping practice to both new and existing members.
The Society offers education and training for both new beekeepers and people wanting to start keeping bees as well as for those with more experience. Our key objective is
To provide advice, guidance, support, education and training in order to:
a) Promote beekeeping and its environmental benefits;
b) Encourage beginners to the craft;
c) Promote the highest standards of welfare in keeping bees;
d) Promote beekeeping to the general public;
e) Educate the public on the importance of bees in the environment and their part in sustaining the food chain.
On the third Saturday of March, the WBKA hold their annual Convention at Builth Wells at which beginners, with their new-found knowledge, and members are able to buy all their beekeeping supplies and listen to lectures. Bees can either be bought in, or you can take your chances on catching a swarm from late April onwards. If all goes well, your hive should have honey in it by early September, which will need extracting. The Society has a honey extractor available for hire. The honey will then need to be filtered and left to settle before bottling your “golden harvest”, ready for eating or for sale.