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BEE
KEEPING

OUR APIARIES.

Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop Airfield Estate.
11th & 12th September 2021
 

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All proceeds made by Wildacres from the sale of our Raw Irish Honey and any associated activities, such as Beekeeping courses or Talks, goes towards the Wildacres Nature Reserve Project.

 

This is a project dedicated to the protection of our precious native wildlife, restoration of biodiversity and the enhancement of the environment.

 

We manage hives of our native dark Irish Honeybee Apis melifera melifera at the locations below.

At these apiaries colony numbers are kept low and at a level, to ensure our Beekeeping is sustainable, and that it will not have an adverse effect on the level of food available for wild local pollinators.

 

Also to mitigate against this occurring, on Wildacres Nature Reserve, we have planted over thirteen thousand native flowering trees and shrubs, along with areas of native wildflower meadows specifically for pollinators and other wildlife.

 

This is a very important aspect of our beekeeping management plan.

We produce a variety of Honey types ranging from Spring and Summer Multi floral Wildflower Honey, Ivy Honey and the much lauded Heather Honey

 

Heather honey is a very special honey and received a lot of media attention recently when it was scientifically analyzed.

 

The results of this analysis proved that Irish Heather Honey has similar anti bacterial properties to the more famed Manuka Honey in its top strength version, which of course is imported here all the way from New Zealand,.

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Irish Heather Honey in the news

WILDACRES Nature Reserve.

Co.Wicklow

Partially Capped Frame of Heather Honey

We have an established Apiary in a secluded corner of our Nature Reserve.

 

The number of colonies managed here is kept at a level so as not to create competition between wild pollinators and managed honeybees. Here we produce a crop of gorgeous natural raw honey sustainably.

We have planted over ten thousand native shrubs and trees, created 2 kilometres of native hedgerow and created a 4 acre Wildflower meadow.

 

All of this is for wildlife and to provide additional pollen and nectar for our managed honeybees, and just as importantly for the other 98 species of wild bees we have in Ireland.

 

Wild bees that we hope to see in increasing numbers, over the coming seasons as the Nature Reserve becomes even more suited to our wild pollinators as the new plants and trees mature.. 

AIRFIELD Estate.

Co.Dublin

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We have an established Apiary on the wonderful Airfield Estate in Dundrum Co.Dublin

 

Colony numbers are kept at a level so as not to create competition between wild pollinators and managed honeybees. We produce a crop of gorgeous natural raw honey sustainably.

During the Spring and Summer months here we also run regular 

Introduction to Beekeeping courses. 

Airfield is a hidden gem in the form of a 37 acre working farm with numerous features including

a stunning walled ornamental garden, organic kitchen gardens, Airfield house (featuring an interactive tour and exhibition), Stables cafe, the award winning Overends restaurant, a woodland walk, large wildlife pond, selection of farm animals, milking parlour and much much more.

 

A destination well worth a day to explore and enjoy.  

 

In Spring 2021 we were delighted to purchase new honey and bottling equipment with the support of Wicklow County Partnership and the  EU Leader Programme, 

This new equipment has made the process of extracting and bottling our Raw Irish Honey more efficient.

 

We were very grateful to receive this assistance allowing us to improve our revenue stream for this social enterprise Wildacres Nature Reserve and Education Centre. 

 

A social enterprise whose mission it is to preserve and restore our precious native biodiversity and to educate and inspire others to do the same. 

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