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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday 7th December 2017
Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Annual Christmas Dinner, details later.
No Meeting, C.B.School closed over the Christmas holiday period.
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
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
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; .
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members who have an outstanding book should return it to the librarian,
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.