December Meeting/ Christmas Quiz

Its that time of year again and time for the BDBKA Christmas Quiz, hosted by our very own Esther Ross. Come along for some festive fun and entertainment. Feel free to bring along snacks, nibbles and a tipple if the notion takes you! I’d appreciate if a few people could come along slightly earlier (say 7.35pm) to help set up the hall. I would particularly like to extend an initiation to our new 2020 Preliminary class members. Come along and get involved in the fun as the quiz isn’t all about bees (well i hope not anyway).

A few announcements and notices:

Apibioxal – As my previous emails, we will be distributing Apibioxal for the winter treatment. If you haven’t emailed your request, can you please do so by this Friday so we can organise quantities and the preparation ahead of time.

Membership cards – if you haven’t collected your card, please do so at the meeting. Membership numbers and names will be confirmed to the UBKA shortly, so if you haven’t already done so can you re-register at the December meeting. As previous emails, this will be charged at £20 per head and includes your insurances through the UBKA.

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November Meeting

The next meeting of the association will take place at 8.00pm in Glenburn Church Hall on Monday 11th November, click here for directions. The speaker will be Alan Rea and the topic “Drone Laying Queens and Laying Workers”.

This talk will  consist of three sections, first an overview of the reproductive system of the queen honey bee followed by sections which explain the causes, signs to recognise and methods of dealing with Drone Laying Queens and Laying Workers. The material is drawn from the  intermediate course syllabus and notes from a senior study group, it should suit beekeepers with a wide range of experience and knowledge.


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October Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 14 October at 8.00pm in Glenburn Hall, Belfast (this is our venue going forward).
Our speaker will be Paul Moore, who will be talking on “Bee pests current and potential”. This will include the usual suspects to look for going into the winter and new threats to Bee-keeping just around the corner. The night will include an open discussion on remedies available for use. For those who don’t know Paul, he is an entomologist and worked at before retiring. Among many things, Paul was at AFBI when Varroa was detected and is familiar to many members in the association when sending bee samples for testing.
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First Meeting Winter Program

The first meeting of the winter program will talk place on Monday 12th August at St. John’s church hall, see website for directions. There will be 2 talks, one on Honey Show preparation and one on winter colony preparation.


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April Meeting

The April meeting will be on Monday 8th April where the speaker will be Patrick Lundy and his topic will be “Delaying and Managing Swarming”.

Also the AGM will be held at this meeting and enrolment for the summer program will be opened.


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March Meeting

Our next meeting is on 11th March, the speaker will be James McCreight who will be talking about Queen Rearing

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February 2019 meeting

At the February meeting our Chairman, Jonathan Getty, will speak on the work the beekeeper needs to do in spring to ensure a good season. This will cover preparing the bees and the beekeeper for a productive year.

Spring Management Presentation

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