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Beehives are new home for pollinators in National Park.

BRECON Beacons National Park Authority has announced plans to protect pollinators with news that Craig y Nos Country Park has just become home to a set of beehives.

The country park, owned by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, has introduced two hives which are occupied by more than 30,000 bees and there are plans underway to establish more hives on other sites owned by the National Park Authority.

With the British bee population in decline, the country park is a great place for honeybees, a place where they can thrive in a protected ecosystem and insect friendly paradise free from pesticides and other hazards that threaten the species.

The idea came about when National Park Warden Ian Penn was undertaking some work on a building at Craig y Nos and discovered that wild bees had created hives in the walls. The wild bees were rehomed at a safe location in wansea, but once the work was completed Ian began to explore ways of reintroducing bees within the Park.

Local beekeepers David Bentley-Miller and Mike Coopers responded to the National Park Authority's adverts on the Welsh Beekeepers Association website and the hives were installed a few months later. The hives are situated away from public footpaths but are visible from the classroom located at the site, so students will be able to view them and learn how honeybees collect their food, structure their hives and turn pollen and nectar into honey and beeswax, which we hope to sell at the country park next year.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 18, 2014
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