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Introduction to Beekeeping Course Deferred

In the interests of Health and Safety around the Coronavirus problem our Introduction to Beekeeping Course is deferred until further notice


Report from FIBKA Regional Workshop 08/02/2020

Report from FIBKA Regional Meeting/Workshop

Date: 08/02/2020 Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown

Attendance from EWBA:

  • Donal Lehane Vice-Chair
  • John Cunningham, Education Officer
  • Josephine Hickey
  • Anne Marie Fogarty, Hon. Sec.

Speakers:

  • Paul O’Brien, FIBKAPresident
  • Michael Maunsall
  • Tom Prendergast

Paul O’Brien : FIBKA Update

  • FIBKA now moved to a CLG (Company Limited by Guarantee)
  • Executive reduced from 25 to 7 members
  • Established 7 Boards of Management
  • Saved €10k by foregoing the National Ploughing Championships.
  • Annual survey is now on-line and resulted in a saving of €4k on paper/postage
  • Moved to new accountants and saved €2k
  • Identified office space in Athlone with a view to buying/renting
  • Developed a new Constitution, a copy can be had on request

Management Boards

  1. Education, 5members
  2. Scientific, 8 members
  3. Native Bee, 4 members, Peter Walsh Chair SKBA is a member
  4. Youth Development, 5 members
  5. Publicity, 6 members
  6. Finance, 3 members
  7. Summer school, 3 members, John Cunningham EWBA is a member

Financial Status

Membership                      Income                 Expenditure

2019

3557                                       290,000 265000

2018

3100                                       260,000 241000

 

 

Michael Maunsell: Bee Genetics

Michael gave a very interesting scientific talk explaining in detail bee genetics, some relevant terms, how genes determine everything i.e. the bee’s developmental characteristics, appearance and behaviour.

We learned that the greater the drone genetic diversity the stronger our colonies will be, how genes determine the difference between bees and other organisms, that drones carry different genes for a variety of bee traits, and because of multiple mating bees in a colony will have different fathers and therefore workers influence within a hive will vary genetically in terms of pollen/nectar gathering, queen rearing, larval care, hygienic behaviour and swarming…which is good.

We also learned that genetically diverse swarms establish new colonies faster, build more comb, and have high foraging levels and gain weight better.

Genetics are affected by in-breeding thus the need for a diverse drone population. Inbreeding results in queen problems i.e. low egg production, reduced lifespan, reduced drone fertility and reduced flight activity.

Diverse genetics are crucial to colony strength. The greater the genetic diversity of our bees, the greater the health, the build-up and the productivity.

Tom Prendergast: Preparing for the season ahead

Tom, gave a very practical lecture and asked us to decide “What is it that we want from our Bees”.

  • ? Maximum Crop.
  • ? Chemical free bees.
  • ? A few pots of honey for the family.
  • ? native Irish Bees
  • ? Selling Nucs

He said that deciding what we want decides how we are going to plan the coming season.

Tom talked about

  • The need to preserve the wood in our aperies, stands, floors, boxes, roof etc
  • Closing up dead hives quickly to prevent robbing. Assess the colony and sterilise all parts
  • Heft hives and feed fondant in winter, watch Nucs, Feed syrup after 17/03 if needs be.
  • Monitor for Varroa with OMF.
  • Reasons for bad colonies: Bad queens, disease, varroa, lack of pollen, lack of forage, BEEKEEPER bad practice.
  • Replace poor Q’s in April.
  • Have 1 Nuc for every 2-3 colonies
  • Give space. Add new foundation at the dandelion flow.

In summary: Work with your bees. Don’t keep poor colonies or queens. Keep the Apiary clean and tidy. Feed during the winter and check for disease in spring i.e Nosema, AFB, EFB. Keep a few spare queens and have Nucs to replace poor performers.


Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2020

Dates:
This course will be held over 3 Wednesdays
Wednesday 18th and 25th March and 1st April 2020.
Time:
7.00pm – 9:00pm each night.
Location:
Dunhill Education Centre,
Dunhill Ecopark, Dunhill, Co Waterford.X91 FVF9
Cost:
Option A €110: Attend Introductory Course lectures, Apiary demonstrations, monthly lectures, membership of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers and East Waterford Beekeepers’ Association, Monthly beekeepers magazine and beekeeping insurance for 2020
OR
Option B €60: Attend at Introductory Course Lectures only
Course Content Synopsis:
Bees in Ireland
Importance of Bees
The Honey Bee Colony, Lifecycle, Occupants of the Hive, Roles within the hive, What bees collect and why.
Siting an Apiary
The Hive parts, How many hives do you want/need,
What equipment  you need,  Protective Clothing
The Beekeepers year, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer,
How to open a hive of bees
Inspecting and Treating bees, Record Keeping
Swarming
 How bees produce honey, Honey types, and harvesting honey
Other products from the Hive
Pests and Diseases
Honey Comb and learning to read the comb.
Handouts of lecture notes are included in the Course Fee.

Those wanting to participate in Apiary Demonstrations will learn the practical parts of Beekeeping..opening a hive, looking for the Q, identifying the occupants of the hive, learning how to carry out inspections, spotting disease, using the smoker, and much much more.

We recommend reading The Bee Manual by Claire and Adrian Waring in preparation for the course.

If you would like to attend, please complete our membership  Application form which is available under the Membership tab on the website or email Anne Marie at:  waterfordbees@gmail.com or phone 0862064919 if you need more information


Lecture 8th April 2020

Lecture Title:

Preparing Honey for Sale and for Show.

Lecturer:

Dennis Ryan, South Tipperary Beekeepers’s Association

Date:

Wednesday 8th April 2020

Venue:

Dunhill Education Centre, Dunhill Ecopark, Dunhill, Co Waterford. X91 FVF9

Time:

7.oopm

Cost:

Free to members and €5 to non-members

 


Lecture 11th March 2020

Lecture Title:

My Calendar Year after 56 years of Beekeeping, Doing a Split for Queen Rearing, and The Demaree Method of Swarm Control

Lecturer:

Donal O’Brien EWBA

Date:

Wednesday 11th March 2020

Venue:

Dunhill Education Centre, Dunhill Ecopark, Dunhill, Co Waterford. X91 FVF9

Time:

7.oopm

Cost:

Free to members and €5 to non-members

Donal has many years experience in Beekeeping  and in fact the inaugural meeting of the East Waterford Beekeepers’ Association was held in the kitchen of his home at Dunabrattin, Annestown, Waterford in April 1957


NIHBS Munster Seminar 7th March 2020

NIHBS Munster Seminar 2020

The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS) will hold a Honey Bee Improvement Seminar on Saturday the 7th March 2020.

Cost €15 for Non-Members and €10 for Members of NIHBS

Click the link below for full details

NIHBS Munster Seminar 2020


Public Lecture Wednesday 12th February 2020

Our next EWBA lecture is on Wednesday 12th February at 7pm in Dunhill Education Centre

The Lecture title is:

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020: Lessons learned and looking to the future.

The Lecturer is:

Dr Una Fitzpatrick, The BioDiversity Centre, Waterford

Una will also be discussing how beekeepers can contribute to the plan.
Úna has a Ph.D. in botany. She worked on a project on the conservation of Irish bees before joining the National Biodiversity Data Centre in 2007. She is responsible for the plant, vegetation and pollinator work programmes of the Centre.  She is the chair of the steering group that produced the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 and oversees its implementation.
This lecture is for members and is also open to the public.
There is no charge.
The Eircode for Dunhill Education Centre is X91 FVF9, and directions are as follows:
From M9 Waterford/Dublin Motorway (Alternate route via toll bridge)
Continue from M9 following signs for Cork via toll bridge (car charge €1.90) – Take the next exit after the toll bridge, signposted Waterford IT, Waterford Crystal, Tramore.  Follow the road going straight through the roundabouts until you come to the Butlerstown Roundabout  – Take the third exit, signposted N25/Cork and follow this road past Whitfield Clinic until you see signs for Tramore Seaside Resort and Copper Coast Geopark on your left and on the junction a sign for Dunhill Education & Enterprise Park. Take the left turn on this crossroads. Continue straight out for 2.8 miles where you will meet a small crossroads with Dunhill Education & Enterprise Park signposted, take the right-hand turn. Continue on this road for 3 miles where you will meet Pairc Ui Bhain(Dunhill GAA Park) on your left and Dunhill Ecopark on your right. Enter the Ecopark. Continue down past the first building. Turn right and park along the front of the second building. Dunhill Rural Enterprises and Dunhill Multi-Education Centre are in through the small conservatory on the left-hand side of the building and up the stairs. There is also parking at the rear of the building.

FIBKA Regional Meeting and Training 8th February 2020

For EWBA Members and other Munster Association Members

Southern (Munster) Workshop

Date: Saturday 8th February

Location: Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Speaker/s                                 Topic

Michael Maunsell CFL          Bee Genetics

Tom Prendergast CFL           Preparing for the Season Ahead

Those interested in attending please contact the Secretary at 0862064919 to arrange carpooling.

 


Gormanston Summer School for Beekeepers 12 – 16 Aug incl.

 FIBKA Gormanston Beekeepers’ Summer School  runs Monday 12th August until Friday 16th August .
It is for Beginner, Intermediate and Senior Beekeepers or anyone wanting to learn more about beekeeping and to improve their knowledge of beekeeping.
It is a brilliant week with an array of speakers and demonstrations and there are lots of social events also. You will get talking to beekeepers from Ireland, England and further afield and everyone is willing to share their information There are plenty field demonstrations planned where you will need your beesuit.
You will find several suppliers of equipment there also.
You don’t have to go for the week. You can go for a day or two. The food is also good!
The draft programme is now on the FIBKA website at  https://irishbeekeeping.ie/beekeeping-summer-school-gormanston-2019/#drafts  . Have a look at the programme to see what is on offer. You don’t have to stay within any one category. You can pop into any lecture Room or Demonstration that suits you. You may have to register for some limited ones beforehand.
You could also enter the honey show and the draft guideline are there also. A visit to the Honey Show is interesting to see all the exhibits
It really is a great week and I strongly encourage you, if you can at all, to take at least one day there.
If interested contact Michael Gleeson at gormanston@irishbeekeeping.ie

How are your Hives doing this April?

As of April 2019 a lot of hives appear this year to be congested and adding frames of drawn brood comb or just of new foundation should be fitted on a mild day.

For those that don’t get the chance to attend their hives frequently a good idea is to put up a super on strong colonies with the middle frames of all new foundation so the bees will draw out these frames using up the ivy stores.