Introductory Course on Beekeeping

We will have information on this site shortly about how to register for the 2018 Preliminary Beekeeping course. The registration process is different this year and we are currently setting up a page with instructions.

Please note we will run 2 separate courses covering the same material they will run on a similar schedule provisionally starting Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st February 2018. The Tuesday course will be based in Glenburn Methodist Church Hall, just off the Knock dual-carriageway near Castlereagh Road junction, and the Wednesday class in Musgrave Bowling Pavillion in Musgrave Park, South Belfast.


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October Meeting

The October meeting will be on 9th and will feature a talk from Patrick Lundy on Honey Bee Democracy. This is a rerun of Patrick’s talk at Gormanston this year and is drawn from Tom Seeley’s book as well as his talk at last year’s Greenmount conference. Tom Seeley’s research on the communication with in the honey bee colony is world famous and this should be an excellent review of his work.

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Honey Show 2017

This year the Honey Show will take place  on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of September. More details can be found here Honey Show 2017

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September Meeting

The September Association meeting will take place at 7.30 on 11th in the usual venue, CFC Hall Holywood.
The meeting will comprise the following items:
1) Beekeeping Video – 35mins
2) Presentation on Butterfly Breeding in Africa, Adam Reid – 40mins
3) Q & A on autumn beekeeping
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UBKA 2017 Conference

10th &11th March – UBKA 2017 Conference.

The Conference takes place at Greenmount Agricultural College Antrim. You can find information and book online at

This is a fantastic event that offers up to date information, for beekeepers of all levels of experience, with a large trade show over the two days.

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UBKA Bee Health Work Shop 2017

18th February – UBKA Bee Health Work Shop 2017

This FREE event will focus on “Keeping our Bees Healthy “ and feature practical management tips for all. UBKA will be providing a meal for everyone with the added valuable opportunity to meet old and new beekeeping friends.
The workshop will run between  12.15 and 16.00 at the Park Avenue Hotel, 158 Holywood Road, Belfast. BT4 1PB

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March Meeting

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.

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