Attempted Bee Thefts

We have been advised of an attempt to steal bees in the Carmarthen area, where several men in bee suits with a large white van and a double wheeled trailer, were attempting to enter an out-apiary. When they realised they had been seen they drove away quickly at speed.

We advise all beekeepers to be on their guard and to advise the land owner (for those of you with out-apiaries) and also any other beekeepers in the area. If you should see any suspicious activity, please try and get the registration number of the vehicle and a phone picture if possible.

Concern for future of bees after fall in honey crop

An article from the BBC has expressed concern about the future of honey bees after a survey showed a “steady decline” in the honey crop.

The British Beekeepers Association says the average yield per hive in England and Wales was down by 2.3lb (1kg) this year from the previous year – and numbers have been dropping for decades.

Wales and south-west England were two of the lowest producers of honey while south-east England was the best.

We would be interested to hear the views of beekeepers in Pembrokeshire as well as other parts of the UK (and beyond) with their experiences!