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There’s a buzz about the port of Cardiff

[ June 10, 2019   //   ]

ABP South Wales is used to handling steel, grains and containers – but bees? Port manager Callum Couper recently took a call asking if his team would like to recover an errant swarm that had settled on a bench at Cardiff Bay Barrage.

However, it wasn’t quite so left-field as it sounds. Mr Couper, explained: “Aware that we look after bee hives at the port, Cardiff Harbour Authority contacted us to ask if we would be interested in rehoming the bees – to which we of course said yes. Biodiversity projects are an important part of our port environment.”

Environment manager Christine Nelson helped redirect the errant insects to their new home.

But ABP has previous experience: in August last year, Couper, relocated another swarm from a quayside crane at the Port of Newport to the Cardiff port estate.

The Port of Cardiff has kept a small apiary at Queen Alexandra Dock for the past six years as part of its biodiversity program at Cardiff. The honey is given to ABP employees at South Wales Ports in exchange for a monetary donation which ABP matches pound for pound and donates to the invertebrate charity Buglife Cymru.