Members monthly meeting take place in CBS Swords at 8p.m.
Unless otherwise stated.


An overview of the season to date. (August 2017)

We are coming to the end of another beekeeping year. The bees had generally over-wintered well with strong colonies after record flows, in most places, from the autumn ivy. Winter losses (per COLOSS returns) dropped to 11 per cent, from 16 per cent in the previous winter. Colonies built up well, although there were cold periods at times, and swarm activity was about average. The oil seed rape yielded well and later in the summer good flows were reported from white clover and bramble, although lack of rain probably reduced honey crops.
       Remember if you intend to treat your bees, and increasingly members are not treating, an Apiguard treatment for Varroa mites should be given as early as possible (see Seasonal Note # 1). A formic acid treatment is now a licensed option in the form of MAQS pads. Also, take care to close down hive entrances to discourage robbing.

Monthly Meetings
Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association meet at 8.00p.m. in the Christian Brothers schools Swords on the first Thursday of each month.
(see list below)

Map  to get to the Christian Brothers School in Swords.



October 2017
Thursday 5th October 2017
Annual General Meeting of North Dublin Beekeepers, and election of the committee.
A video of general beekeeping interest will be shown after the meeting.


November 2017
Thursday 2nd November 2017
North Dublin Beekeepers “Honey Tasting Night”. Has now become established as an annual event. Members bring along a jar of their honey for tasting and comment.


December 2017
Thursday 7th December 2017

Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Annual Christmas Dinner, details later.



January 2018
No Meeting, C.B.School closed over the Christmas holiday period.


February 2018
Thursday 1st February 2018
First meeting of the new year.





On the Saturday 8th April 2017, beginners first look inside a live hive at the associations apiary in Kinsealy, the hives had plenty of brace comb on the crown boards,
packed with ivy honey.



Events for Future Reference

BEEKEEPING COURSE
The annual beginners’ course is run by FNDBA during February and March each year, registration for the 2018 course will open in October - November 2017.
This course is intended for beginners and is also an opportunity for existing members to update their beekeeping skills.
This is the only beginners course run by the FNDBA club.
Goto Irish beekeepers  web site for other association course listings.

For any querys please contact:- Ms. Paula Butler; .


APIARY DEMONSTRATION
Following the well-attended demonstration in the Association apiary last year, it is planned to run a workshop (as usual weather permitting) for all members on raising Queens from an 'artificial swarm' (taking out a Nuc with queen) and raising ripe queen cells for introduction to Apideas.
This is a skill that all of our members should be able to master.


HONEY SHOWS
A good way for beginners to improve their honey extraction and preparation skills is to attend and exhibit at honey shows. This is a enjoyable way of gaining a lot of worthwhile experience.


LIBRARY FACILITIES
Our Association has a library with a wide selection of books. The library books are available for loan to members at each monthly meeting, a full listing is available from the librarian, at vbourenkov@gmail.com.
Members who have an outstanding book should return it to the librarian,
Victor.


ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
Subscriptions for 2018 are now due, as already advised through recent correspondence. Send a cheque to the Hon. Treasurer, Kevin Proctor, Lissenhall Little, Swords, Co. Dublin. Membership for the year 2018 is €45, which includes copies of An Beachaire, affiliation fee and insurance premium. Family membership is €60. Cheques should be made payable to the Association. Please note that a member’s insurance is only effective from the time payment is made and receipt given, and that late payment will result in some of the issues of An Beachaire for 2017/18 not being posted.




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