Below are photos of the group that did the Preliminary Exam on 18th May 2019. We had 4 from EWBA and 3 from SKBA.
John Cunningham was the examiner.
Pat Crowley Apiary Manager and Pat Barrett provided lots of practical tuition before the exam.
Jimmy Giles was on hand also doing lots of practical work in the background
Many thanks to all who helped. It was a great day.
We had a great group of beginners at the first Apiary Demonstration for beginners on 5th May all listening intently to Pat Crowley Apiary Manager.
Dates for Apiary Demonstrations
Saturday 4th May 2019 at 14:00. Meet in carpark St Mary’s Church, Ballygunner at 13:45
Wednesday 8th May at 19:00. Meet at St Mary’s Church, Ballygunner at 18:45
Both of the above demonstrations are for the people who completed the Introduction to Beekeeping Course only
Apiary Demonstration cancelled on 27/04/19 due to weather restrictions
The FIBKA written and practical Preliminary Exams will be held on the 18/05/19
We have 4 applicants from EWBA and 3 applicants from SKBKA joining with us.
Good luck to all taking part. This is a great way to start learning more about beekeeping and learning to improve your skills.
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.
32 people completed our Introduction to Beekeeping Course on 03/04/19. The buzz was great and we had a very enthusiastic group who interacted and had lots of questions. There were lectures by John Cunningham and Bea Flavin and we had practical demonstrations each night from Pat Crowley and on the last night with Willy O’Brien and Mary Madigan.
All participants received a certificate of attendance. These certificates can be beneficial to people who want to go on and buy bees as a good beekeeper will want to know that those buying bees have an understanding of what beekeeping is all about.
The next steps are Apiary Demonstrations for the practical aspects of beekeeping and participants will be notified as it is weather dependent.