East Waterford Beekeepers Association

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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


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.

 


See Calendar/Schedule 2019 for list of all Events


FIBKA Examination Dates 2019

FIBKA Exam dates 2019


See Calendar for details of new event in October and AGM In November