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We’re keen bloggers here at Silver Bay Holiday Village and we love nothing more than giving our luxury lodge owners and friends an insight into life at our holiday resort on Anglesey. With our bi-weekly blog, we like to update you on key topics that make us and our lodge owners tick. From things to do to the best restaurants to visit (including The Deck House, of course!) you’ll have plenty of reading material to help you plan your next Anglesey break.

We also post about upcoming events on site including everything from beauty events to annual parties, so if you want to keep ahead of the game and make sure you get tickets, keep checking back!

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We are proud to announce we have once again received a David Bellamy Conservation Award for our commitment to the environment and wildlife in Anglesey. Professor Bellamy has awarded Silver Bay Holiday Village the Gold accolade as well as the Woodlands Badge and we are now proud to call ourselves a Honey Bee Friendly Park.

But what did we do to earn this accolade? Keep reading to find out more.

What is the David Bellamy Conservation Award?

David Bellamy Conservation Awards

The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK with the first awards being made in 1997.

All parks are regularly assessed by local wildlife experts to look at the steps they are taking to:

  • Manage the land as a haven for wildlife
  • Reduce the use of energy, water and other resources
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle waste
  • Support the local community

Three levels of excellence can be achieved and we’re thrilled to have been awarded the gold accolade. Parks in the list range from peaceful getaways to larger leisure parks but you can rest assured that your park is committed to environmental excellence and be safe in the knowledge that you made the greener choice.

Here’s how we earned the gold accolade:

Supporting and working with the local community

All our staff are local and some are recruited from Môn CF, which is a charity that provides opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Supporting and working with local/national charities

Earlier this year we became a member of the North Wales Wildlife Trust and RSPB and continue to support local charities. We’re also members of the National Trust and Red Squirrel Trust.

Energy conservation

All our main buildings are well insulated and double glazed and all our staff receive training in energy conservation. We also use LED lights throughout the park and these are turned off between 1am and 7am. We have two electric buggies on site and also have two electric vehicle charging points on site. We have also recently introduced battery powered strimmers and chainsaws which we have found to be quieter as well as using no fossil fuels.

Reuse, reduce, recycle

Some of our outdoor furniture and decking is made from recycled plastic. We also have a freecycling policy if any of our owners are looking to get rid of old furniture.

Wildlife and environment activities

We’re proud to offer all sorts of activities for children during the school holidays, including woodland and gardening activities.

Food and shelter

Our park has plenty of natural habitat providing plenty of food and shelter for local wildlife as well as bird feeders, bee hives, bug hotels and toad homes.

How do you become a Honey Bee Friendly Park?

Jonathan the beekeeper

In 2016, the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme teamed up with the British Beekeepers Association to run the Honey Bee Friendly Park Project, aiming to get as many parks as possible to conserve Britain’s bees.

Parks that take part in the scheme commit to planting forage crops that bees need to survive, spreading the word about the importance of bee conservation, and working to give bees a home.

With the help of our beekeeper, Jonathan, we established a bee hotel on the park to create a place for our local bees to live and work. Jonathan makes sure that the colony is strong and healthy but also makes sure that it doesn’t swarm.

We also hold ‘Meet the Bees’ sessions during school holidays so our holiday home owners have the chance to meet them and learn more about them. Plus, if it’s been a particularly fruitful year, we’re able to harvest some of the honey and sell it  to the public from our reception area

Want to find out more about life here at Silver Bay? Download our brochure to find out more.


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We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the Green Coast Award by Keep Wales Tidy.

The Green Coast Award recognises the beautiful, untouched and rugged beaches for their excellent water quality and unspoiled environment. Unlike the beaches that have received a Blue Flag Award, a Green Coast Award beach doesn’t have the infrastructure and intensive management generally associated with the more traditional seaside resort.

In order to receive the Green Coast Award the beach must comply with the following criteria:

  • Have excellent water quality
  • Encourage dog and horse owners to clean up after their animals by providing suitable facilities and literature
  • Have a guardianship scheme in place
  • Provide information on locally organised environmental activities
  • Public access to the beach must be safe and well maintained

Wales has some of the most beautiful and well managed beaches in the world and the Wales Coast Awards help to raise environmental awareness, recognise good practice and promote Wales as an international destination.

18 beaches in Wales were awarded the Green Coast Award this year, recognising all the hidden gems on our coastline. The award helps to encourage people to “adopt” areas of the coast, helping contribute towards the sustainability of the area while promoting volunteering, and we have been recognised as the first private business to apply for a coast award on behalf of a beach.

The local contribution is evident in recent news with Anglesey being announced as the UK’s first county to be designated a Plastic Free Community by the marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

What other environmental initiatives are we involved in?

Obeewan Silver Bay beekeeper

Our dedication to preserving the natural environment and supporting British wildlife is a priority for us. As well as the Green Coast Award, we were also awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award for our commitment to protecting the local wildlife, reducing energy use, recycling waste, and supporting the local community. As part of our commitment to the rural environment and the impact of the coastal path, we have also started to plant indigenous species to reestablish the flora and fauna.

And not forgetting our honey bees. The bees are still in their winter home at the moment but will be moving back this month. They were very busy during the warm spell in April, so much so that we had to hire an extra pair of hands (or paws). We also had to make up some extra frames in anticipation but Obeewan was too busy eating all the honey so our beekeeper, Jonathan, had to do it all by himself. Starting in the May half term holidays, we will be offering ‘Meet the Bees’ sessions throughout the summer so our owners can have the opportunity to meet the queen and her workers.

You can find out more about our beach and boat park as well as any further updates on our ongoing work to benefit the local wildlife and environment.


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We are thrilled to announce that Silver Bay Holiday Village are now members of the National Trust, Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Red Squirrel Trust and once again have been awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award. We are very proud of this achievement and it further strengthens our commitment to conserving the local area and wildlife. Read on to find out about each membership and what this means for Silver Bay and our owners and visitors.

As a member of the National Trust we aim to help the organisation achieve its aims of giving everyone access to Britain’s beautiful landscapes and spectacular coastlines whilst helping to take care of it. Similarly, our membership with the Wildlife Trust will help support the preservation of wildlife and wild places in the local area as well as helping our owners get closer to nature.

Silver Bay and the local area is home to a multitude of bird species, from puffins to sparrow-hawks, so it’s no surprise that we’re a member of the RSPB. With species numbers declining dramatically in recent years, we’ll be working with the RSPB to help their recovery.

Another animal that is at risk in our local area is the red squirrel. Earlier this month we had a visit from Holly, our Red Squirrel Ranger from the Red Squirrel Trust, and we are over the moon to hear that there is evidence of red squirrel activity in our woodland area. Holly will be popping back to check on the activity so we’ll make sure to keep you updated. Why not take a walk and see if you can spot one yourself?

Last but not least, we’re happy to announce that we have once again being awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award. This award recognises our commitment to protecting the local wildlife, reducing our energy use, recycling our waste, and supporting the local community.

To find out more about our beach and surrounding area, take a look at our beach page. We’ll also be keeping you updated on local wildlife and nature so make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be in the know. If you would like to find out more about owning a holiday lodge here at Silver Bay, you can download our online brochure or request a callback and a member of our friendly team will be in touch.


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Well what a year so far for the honeybees! The winter was long and there was a cold spell towards the end; the poor bees didn’t know what to make of it – they thought it should be spring by now (just like us!). Luckily for them we weren’t greedy and hadn’t taken any honey last year; we had been building them up last summer and autumn and letting them stock themselves for the winter – and it was just as well we did for they needed last summer/autumn’s food stores to get them through that long winter!

However, since the spring came – it went with a ‘bang’ – the bees have really taken off! The Queens have been laying lots of new honeybees called ‘workers’ (especially Willow Queen, although Heather Queen is not far behind!) Unsurprisingly, workers get their name from the fact that they work their socks off! (well actually, bees don’t have socks!) Due to their hard-working nature, these workers have a very short lifespan at this time of year, about 6-7 weeks, so the Queen (who lives up to 5 years) has a busy job continuously laying new bees so that there are always plenty of workers to collect new pollen and nectar! And yes, they have been collecting lots of fresh pollen, which is high in protein, to feed the young bees and collecting nectar from flowers which is processed into honey. We have been very lucky to have harvested surplus honey this summer! 

A beekeeper’s job is particularly busy in the spring and summer because they are ensuring that the colony is healthy, giving the hive fresh comb and space. It is also a very difficult balance to ensure that the colony of bees is strong and healthy but that it doesn’t swarm. Regular checks are needed to see if they are building new queen cells – in which case they want to swarm. This would mean we would lose our ‘old’ queen and a lot of the bees. We would be left with a new queen and some bees, but the colony would be significantly weaker. Beekeepers can also intervene if they are lucky enough to catch them at the right time and manipulate them to make them think they have swarmed but still keeping all the bees! Sneaky beekeepers! So far so good – we have managed to avoid swarming.  

We hope those of you lucky enough to have visited the hives this summer learnt lots about our wonderful bees. The beekeeping sessions are so popular that we have organised for some more weekend visits throughout September, before we tuck them in for the winter.

To book onto a session please visit www.bookwhen.com/activities

Silver Bay Honey can be purchased from Reception and the Spa & Leisure Complex.


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Fantastic news! There’s been a certain buzz around the Silver Bay Holiday Village recently, more specifically in the form of 20,000 bees!

Not so long ago, we announced that we were launching a scheme to #SaveTheBees, an initiative that has been created to protect our flying friends who are synonymous with the English lifestyle and surrounding area of Anglesey.

In recent years, the honey bee has been under constant threat of depopulation, a problem that has been largely credited to a lack of forage and increasing use of pesticides.

However, under the BH&BPA David Bellamy Proposals – hundreds of parks have already got involved to Save Silver Bay Bees, a driving force which has been primarily led through social media involvement and community outreach.

Chris Buckley, Operations Manager at Silver Bay, reinforced the importance of public contribution to helping save the bee’s and the environment: “The scheme was driven by the desire to protect and contribute to the declining bee population nationwide. Almost 350 David Bellamy parks have achieved Honey Bee Friendly status. This means parks have put in the forage plants that bees need to survive. Spreading the word about the bee conservation will be a big focus of the Honey Bee Friendly Parks project this year.”

Save Silver Bay Bees with 5* Hotels

Alongside the huge insurgence of honey bees on Silver Bay grounds, there has also been creations of ‘Bee Hotels’, from small-scale bee B&B’s, to what can only be described as bee condominiums. If you haven’t got on the bee-hotel bandwagon, now’s the time to start. Take a look here for inspiration and advice.

5 Honey Bee Facts

Most of you by now may now be more informed to why we need to save our small, furry friends. But here’s a few honey bee facts to take the sting out of things:

  • Honey has antiseptic properties and was regularly used to dress wounds and burns many years ago.
  • Honey is massively important to pollinators allowing for flowers, vegetables and fruit to grow.
  • The average worker bee lives for just five to six weeks. While she is alive, she will only create a 12th of a teaspoon of honey.
  • Honey bees wiggle or dance to communicate with one another – usually this is to indicate the direction of the food source.
  • The queen bee can live up to five years. The summer months are always the busiest for her, where she will lay 2,500 eggs.

Why not make this the year you take the Honey Bee Friendly pledge? Take a look at www.bbka.org.uk/learn/gardening_for_bees for some great tips and more information here to get you started with helping to Save Silver Bay Bees.

While you’re here, check out our Honeycomb Recipe below.

Honeycomb Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • ¼ tbsp of cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda


Equipment

  • Large heavy based pan
  • Baking sheet
  • Spatula
  • Scales
  • Spoons
  • Sugar thermometer

Method

  • Put sugar, honey, cream of tartar & butter into a large heavy based pan with 60ml water (mixture should triple in size, so ensure pan is big enough)
  • Simmer until sugar and butter & butter dissolves.
  • Heat to 122 degrees celsius on thermometer, or until a small piece forms a solid ball when dropped in cold water.
  • Remove from heat & beat in bicarbonate of soda
  • Tip out immediately onto baking sheet & leave to cool – do not touch, it’s hot!
  • Once cool, break up and enjoy.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Bon Appetit!

 

Update on the Hives

We now have two colonies of honey bees on site called “Heather” and “Willow”, both of which are named after important foraging flowers for the bees. Each colony is progressing well. In fact, they have doubled in size since arriving a few weeks ago and now each hive contains around 16,000-18,000 bees! They enjoy bringing in nectar from flowers and processing this into honey, and one of their favourite flower spots are the heather flowers on the coastal headland at the moment.

Our “Heather” hive is slightly larger than “Willow”, although the queen is shy and hard to spot! The queen of Willow, however, is quite happy to be seen going about her business and laying eggs.

We know some of our owners have been desperate to taste some of our honey, but you’ll have to be patient. All the honey collected now will be winter food stores for the bees themselves as they build up strength for the colder months. It’ll be next year that we’ll see a surplus that we’ll be able to enjoy, too!

Don’t forget our “Visit The Bees” days are held on Tuesdays in August, and we’ll also be hosting bee-related activities at Busy Bayers on Thursday mornings. Book in the spa if you don’t want to miss out!

 

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Silver Bay Holiday Village wins GOLD in the David Bellamy Awards 2016! Our lodge owners may have noticed a few changes around our luxury holiday park lately, and that’s because we’ve been striving to be recognised for the prestigious David Bellamy award!

The David Bellamy Awards are offered to holiday parks across the country that protect and enhance their beautiful natural environment – and that’s precisely what we’ve been aiming for here on Anglesey.

We’ve been planting a diverse mix of native trees, hedging, wildflowers and traditional Welsh Fruit Trees around our park.

However, that’s not all. We’ve also created a native wildflower meadow for residents to enjoy, and we’re in the process of setting up a magnificent edible garden containing soft fruit and kitchen herbs. Our main aim, of course, has been to protect and build upon our beautiful natural scenery on the park, and the determination of our team has been rewarded and we couldn’t be happier.

The David Bellamy Awards are judged by a team of local wildlife experts who ensure that holiday parks are meeting the following criteria:

  • “Manage their land as a haven for wildlife

  • Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce

  • Support their local communities.”

Commendations are split into three categories, bronze, silver and gold. We’re humbled to have achieved the most prestigious award ‘Gold’ for our contribution!

David Bellamy Awards have been running throughout the UK since 1997. They are one of the longest running green awards in the country, and we’re honoured to have received such prestigious recognition.

What’s been your favourite new addition to the site? Are you happier with a greener holiday village? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook.

Any questions or queries about the award or our holiday park in general? Simply give us a call on 01407 860 860 to speak to reception. Our friendly team will be more than happy to offer any assistance.

You can also download our free eBrochure if you’d like to get right into the heart of our luxury holiday village.


16/Oct/2019
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Silver Bay Holiday Village is pleased to announce that our very own beach, Silver Bay, has been given the international Green Flag Award of coastal excellence.

Following close inspection from Keep Wales Tidy, Silver Bay has achieved Green status in every category – including:

  • Water quality standards

  • Beach management

  • No pollution or sewage

  • Manual litter removal

  • Safe public access

  • Safe for bathing

This news has come at an excellent time for Silver Bay, especially following the opening of our new seafront ice cream and snack parlour, the Tiki Hut:

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The award is also welcome news for the thousands of visitors who flock to Silver Bay coast every year, including our neighbours who call Anglesey home. A number of other Anglesey beaches have also been awarded Green status:

  • Borth Wen

  • Cemlyn

  • Porth Nobla

  • Llanfaelog

  • Cable Bay

  • Sandy Beach

  • Rhoscolyn

  • St. Davids

  • Benllech

  • Traeth Crigyll

  • Traeth Mawr

  • Aberffraw

In comparison to 2014, more Welsh beaches have been given green or blue certification than ever before. Keep Wales Tidy has also helped to award good water quality to a further 60 beaches – solidifying that Wales has some of the best coastlines throughout Europe.

If you’re just as happy about this news as we are, send us a tweet @SilverBay_ and share your thoughts.