On Saturday the 1st of May 1982, aged 12, Eifion applied undercoat to the family WBC hive that had laid redundant in a shed for years. He’s sure of the date as he was applying top coat the very next day as the Belgrano sinking news-flashed on the radio.
Graduating in International Politics at Aberystwyth in 1997, Eifion worked for ten years establishing non-shareholder recycling businesses, where the profits from waste were ploughed back into job creation. More recently he was chair of the board of directors for a Community Benefit Society that launched a community share offer to successfully re-open the village pub.
Now a Business Advisor to Social Enterprises in North Wales, Eifion works for the Wales Co-operative Centre.
Eifion established the Upper Maelor Native Bee Rearing group and collaborates with Bangor University’s native bee research studies each year. Co-ordinating samples from 100% of known colonies in a 3 mile radius, native bee data for Upper Maelor is particularly reliable. Eifion also set up the Facebook discussion page, Native Honeybee Wales, and has given talks to beekeeper associations on the history and evolution of beehives as well as native bee talks to non beekeeping circles.Eifion lives with his wife, a musician from New England, and their four year old son who joins in with the honey extraction (and consuming) each autumn.