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Dromore Beekeepers’ Association

Newsletter  February 2018






There was no indoor meeting in December but on the last Saturday of the month 15-20 members turned up at the apiary to see the Api- Bioxal trickle treatment on the Association hives. Weather conditions were just about perfect, and Liam Murtagh and Robert McCreery were on hand to show those present how to treat their colonies, while David Gamble had stocks of the chemical for distribution. Following the demonstration everyone enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine, before returning home to treat their own colonies.



January  meeting.


The January meeting was unfortunately the victim of the weather as snow caused the School to be closed earlier that afternoon, resulting in the cancellation of our meeting at the last minute. Vanessa Drew had very kindly agreed to step in at very short notice but her talk “Beekeeing in New Zealand” will be given at a later date.





PROGRAMME     2018


We have arranged an interesting and exciting programme for 2018. We hope the topics will be of interest to both novice and experienced beekeepers.



20th February.  “Bees and Water” by Peter Whyte (FIBKA)


20TH March“Extending the Honey Flow” by Michael Gleeson (FIBKA) This talk will deal with extending the honey crop, moving the bees to the heather in August, how to manage them, and how to harvest ling heather honey.


17th April.    Practical Night / Gadgets Night. Demonstrations of Wax and Candle making, mead making, hive construction, Inventions, Queen rearing, Extracting honey, Q & A session at the end.


15th May. “Varroa” by Stephen Bell (phD student QUB)


June.   No Association meeting in June


July.     No Association meeting in July.


21st August.  Simon Reece. Topic To be confirmed.


Please note although speakers and topics have been confirmed, sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances changes need to be made. We have back up speakers who will step in at the last minute, and if meetings are cancelled we will endeavour to contact members by email or telephone to avoid disappointment.





UBKA Bee Health Workshops.


3 Bee Health Workshops have been arranged this coming February, conducted by Ruth and Ian Homer, with Tom Williamson senior bee inspector from Dept. Agriculture. At all events a hot meal will be provided.


The dates and venues are as follows:




Friday 23rd  Feb stating at 7pm in the White Horse Hotel, 68 Clooney Rd, Campsey, Londonderry. BT 47 3PA




Saturday 24th Feb starting at 12:30pm in the Lion’s Den Café, Belfast Zoo, Antrim Rd,





Monday 26th Feb starting at 7pm in the Westville Hotel, 14 Tempo Rd, Enniskillen BT74 6HR.




UBKA Annual Conference


The Annual Conference is set to take place at Greenmount Agricultural College on Fri 9th and Saturday 10th March. This year the key note speaker will be Julianna Rangel from University Texas USA. Other lectures will be delivered by Dara Kilmartin (Dublin), Tony Harris (Moray, Scotland) Jonathan Getty (Belfast), Megan Seymour (Bee Inspector, England)and Patrick Lundy (Dromore)

Full details are available at