This March’s meeting will take place on the Monday following the Greenmount conference so we have been fortunate to secure Terry Clare as our speaker. He will be attending the conference and has as he usually stays for a few days he has kindly agreed to speak on the Monday. The topic will be “Swarms, Swarming and all that……. How not to keep bees!”
Terry is from KENT BKA, is a past President of BIBBA (Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association) and has a wealth of beekeeping experience.
If you are interested in taking up beekeeping or want to find out more about beekeeping we run a course every year starting in February. This year the course is full but there are alternative courses. Please contact the association secretary to find out more.
The February meeting will take place in the usual venue at 7.30 on 13th February – Keith Browne will be visiting us, from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Keith will discuss the ongoing recearch to see whether honeybees across the island of Ireland are adapting to the varroa mite and if there is proven evidence of colonies dealing with the pest, without our intervention, to control levels of infestation. As Keith is returning to Galway after giving his talk he will commence his talk at 7.30.
The January meeting featured Philip McCabe speaking on spring and summer management. This was a very entertaining session.
The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday 14th November in the CFC Hall in Holywood, directions given on the site. There will be a honey tasting session and a “Show and Tell” session. The “Show and Tell” session will have up to 8 stations with various items such as the virtual hive for a discussion on swarming and a wax steamer.
The Annual Honey Show will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of September. Tvenue is the Botannic Gardens, Belfast and will be in conjuction with Belfast City Council’s Autumn Show. This year the Autumn Show will also include a special display of Bonsai trees.
Please try to entry this year and come along to chat and help during the opening times. Entries may be submitted on Saturday morning until 10.00 andFriday afternoon and evening but please note the association stall may not be manned constantly during this time.
The show is open to the public 12.30 to 6.00 and admission is free. Please note there is probably no car parking on Sunday in the Queen’s car parks due another event.
Members may also sell honey during the show but this there is a charge for this. There will be 4 time slots available and a maximum of two people selling honey and related products for each slot. Each slot will incur a fee of £5 which will be waived if 3 items (per slot) have been entered in the honey classes of the show (classes 93- 104 and 115-118). The times for these are 12.30 to 3.00 and 3.00 to 6.00. Contact the honey show manager to book a slot, details for this will be sent out in a separate email to association members.
Website: Autumn Show – BCC
Date: 7.30pm sharp Monday 12th September 2016
Venue: CFC, 108 High Street, Holywood, BT18 9HW
- DVD The Honeybee – Gill Sentinella 43 mins
- The Honeyshow, final preparations – 17/18th September
- Varroa treatment and autumn feeding