Gwent Beekeepers CIO is an active group with around 200 members, ranging from hobbyists to bee farmers, covering the area of Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly.


Due to COVID 19 and in line with current best practice, we must ask that anybody who tests positive or with any symptoms of COVID19; please do NOT to attend any lectures, apiary sessions or visit the Study Centre. Thank you.
Please follow the link below to find the current, Welsh Government COVID19 guidelines:

2022 Winter Lectures

We have arranged the following winter lectures. At the time of organising these events the COVID19 restictions are such that we do it consider it safe to use the Study Centre. For this reason we will be hosting the lectures on zoom sessions.
Please follow the links on each lecture to register for that lecture and
register in good time to save disapointment. Thank you.

The Adulteration of Honey

Lynne Ingram

Thursday Febuary 10th 2022
Zoom opens at 7pm in time for the lecture at 7:30
Lynne presents what can be an emotive subject on the adulteration of honey.

A Queen Raising Overview

Daniel Basterfield

Thursday March 10th 2022
Zoom opens at 7pm in time for the lecture at 7:30
Daniel introduces us to the art of Queen Raring, an ever more important challenge that we are going to need to master.
Annual General Meeting
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Members enjoy membership of the British Beekeepers' Association BBKA, as well as Bee Disease Insurance BDI cover. Members also enjoy the support of being in a community where communications and assistance is positivly encouraged.

Gwent Beekeepers is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), who's registration number is:
The Holden Apiary & Study Centre
GBKCIO have been working hard to build a new centre of excellence for teaching the craft of Beekeeping.
The Honey Bee will swarm as a natural part of their process to start new colonies. GBKcio members are willing to attend to honey bee swarms and assist in the removal of the swarm.

Adopt a hive
Honey Bees really need your help. You can help the bees by helping to sponsoring a hive at GBK CIO's Apiary.
We offer a programme of monthly lectures over the winter months and monthly sessions at the association apiary during the summer, in addition to regular newsletters and social events where there is a lot of talking done about beekeeping.
Prospective Beekeepers
Prospective beekeepers are welcome to attend 'Taster Sessions' at the association apiary prior to applying for our comprehensive Beginners Course, which comprises both theoretical and practical sessions.
Bees for Development
The Association's president is Nicola Bradbear of Bees for Development. The association has trained beekeepers for the Forgotten Landscape Project centred on the Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
Apiary Sessions
During the year, apiary sessions for members to attend are organised. These sessions provide practical experence and an opportunity to discus any issues and to see practical demonstrations.
Both honeybees and wild bees have suffered declines in recent years. These are thought to be linked to agricultural intensification, including pesticide use and loss of habitats/ floral resources, as well as the emergence of new diseases and climate change. Their sensitivity to the way we manage land in the UK has long been a cause for concern.
Working in partnership with UK beekeepers, the National Honey Monitoring Scheme aims to use honeybees to monitor long-term changes in the condition and health of the UK countryside. However, we need the help of beekeepers if this scheme is to work.
The British Beekeeping Association educates and trains beekeepers of the future and supports vital research.
Asian Hornet
The Asian hornet, also known as the yellow-legged hornet or Asian predatory wasp, is a species of hornet indigenous to Southeast Asia. It is of concern as an invasive species in Europe and the UK that threatens the local honey bee population.
Gwent Beekeepers CIO
The Holden Apiary & Study Centre
Llanover Road
Llanfair Kilgeddin
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Gwent Beekeepers CIO
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