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Eirlys means ‘snowdrop’ in Welsh, and is a popular girl’s name in North Wales. Snowdrops are an excellent source of food for hungry bees in the cold winter months of February and March. At this time of year the bees tend to stay in the hive and live off the honey they collected the previous year. On bright days however the bees will make short flights for water and any food that might be available, such as from snowdrops and crocuses.
The Eirlys bees were a swarm spotted in the orchard near the Hive Aid hives in 2015. They were quickly collected and found a home in a spare hive. When the original Eirlys bees did not survive the winter of 2016, the swarm which had settled in well was able to take its place.
National Beekeeping Centre WalesBodnant Welsh FoodFurnace FarmTal-y-CafnConwy LL28 5RP