Programme for 2022

Meetings are usually held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

 They are a blend of in-person get togethers and occasional virtual, using Zoom. 

Members should refer to their emails for details on how to join in.

In normal circumstances we usually meet in Andrews Memorial Primary School, Comber.

Throughout the summer months we also run a programme at our Apiary site.

2022

 

JANUARY

1/1/22…(Sat) Api- bioxal demonstration and collection - details will be emailed to members.

 

There will be no evening meeting this month. Please refer to the below UBKA winter webinars instead.

 

UBKA WINTER WEBINARS

In January and February - being held in place of The Annual Conference: 

Each date must be registered for individually. Follow the links below: 

 

New Year Management with Ged Marshall
Tuesday 12th January, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_exopD7c3Ry22Y8AdIKZUYQ

 

Impact of Pesticides on Bees with Jeff Pettis
Tuesday 19th January, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pF4YuNvXQ7CUv0yJFc3nuw

 

Landscape and Bees with Jane Stout
Wednesday 27th January, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d_VnUIFtRnOiwksIIWiPyw

 

Queen Management Essentials with Juliana Rangel
Wednesday 3rd February, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zWjTdy1FRnqd9h34FMO8Pg

 

Swarm Control with Ged Marshall
Thursday 11th February, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GV0LkakSR5esIYy5nTCQTA

 

Why are Queens Failing? With Jeff Pettis
Thursday 18th February, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wdUHno4MQFyufB0LXjEH4Q

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FEBRUARY 23/2/22...  ​

  • Our member Robert Dryesdale from Northern Ireland, currently residing in Trondheim, a city on the Trondheim Fjord, in central Norway talks to us about his beekeeping experiences there, Nordic - style  

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MARCH

23/3/22...   (Wed) Association meeting:  7.30pm via zoom

  • DAERA Senior Bee Inspector Tom Williamson will be giving us the latest update on honey bee health issues.

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APRIL

27/4/22…  (Wed) Association Meeting 

A very timely presentation on SWARM CONTROL by our member Chris Hodges

In ANDREWS MEMORIAL PRIMARY SCHOOL, COMBER.

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MAY

25/5/22…  (Wed) Association meeting 7.30pm

In ANDREWS MEMORIAL PRIMARY SCHOOL, COMBER.

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JUNE

22/6/22…  (Wed) Association meeting.

Details TBC

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AUGUST

13/8/22... (Sat) Apigard demo and talk about varroa treatment at our Apiary.

Details and directions tbc and will be emailed to members.

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SEPTEMBER 

28/9//22…  (Wed) Association meeting 7.20 for 7.30pm 

In ANDREWS MEMORIAL PRIMARY SCHOOL, COMBER.

AGM

We are always looking for new committee members to bring fresh perspective and new ideas to the association. If you think you might like join us this year or just want to have a chat about it then please get in touch.

Following the short AGM there will be Time to Chat with Supper!

Tables will be arranged with an experienced members at each to answer any beekeeping questions you might have - problems you might have had over the year or anything you are unsure of coming into winter...

We promise that nothing is too silly to ask!

 

OCTOBER

26/10/22…  Association meeting:

Our member Debbie Gillies will be chatting about the story of the Conservation charity True Harvest Seeds based in Kilclief near Ardglass, which collects and preserves native origin plant seeds. 

Debbie will be sharing with us her tips for choosing the best native pollinator friendly flowers and showing us how we can save and store our own seeds for sowing the following year.

Read more about True Harvest Seeds at  https://trueharvestseeds.org/  

 

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NOVEMBER

23/11/22… Association meeting:

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DECEMBER

7/12/22 Association meeting: Social evening - details tbc

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JANUARY

1/1/22 or 8/1/23 tbc (Sat) Api- bioxal demonstration and collection - details will be emailed to members

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There will be no evening meeting this month. Please refer to the below UBKA winter webinars instead.

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Programme for 2021

Meetings are usually held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic all meetings are currently being held virtually using Zoom. 

Members should refer to their emails for details on how to join in.

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In normal circumstances we usually meet in Andrews Memorial Primary School, Comber.

Throughout the summer months we also run a programme at our Apiary site.

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JANUARY

3/1/21…(Sun) Api- bioxal collection - details have been emailed to members

 

28/1/21... (Thurs) Association meeting 7:30pm via Zoom.

Presentation from Dr Victor Onyekachi Asuzu titled "Beekeeping In Nigeria- Practice, Research and Outputs.

Victor recently completed a PhD at QUB in molecular immunology, is also a beekeeper and will be giving us his presentation all the way from Nigeria about his interesting background and also the medicinal applications of bee products as health benefits.

 

Members should check their email for details on how to join us.

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20/1/21 (Wed) preliminary Beekeeping Course starts

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UBKA WINTER WEBINARS

In January and February being held in place of The Annual Conference: 

Each date must be registered for individually. Follow the links below: 

 

Tues 12/1/21 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_exopD7c3Ry22Y8AdIKZUYQ

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Tues 19/1/21 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pF4YuNvXQ7CUv0yJFc3nuw

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Wed 27/1/20 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d_VnUIFtRnOiwksIIWiPyw

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Wed 3/2/21 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zWjTdy1FRnqd9h34FMO8Pg

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Thurs 11/2/21 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GV0LkakSR5esIYy5nTCQTA

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Thurs 18/2/21

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wdUHno4MQFyufB0LXjEH4Q

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FEBRUARY

 

24/2/21...  (Wed) Association meeting:  7.30pm via zoom

Spring Management - A presentation with Keith Pierce 

Keith is a master Beekeeper from Dublin and has be beekeeping for more than 25 years selectively rearing native dark irish Black Queens - Apis mellifera mellifera.

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MARCH

24/3/21 ...  (Wed) Association meeting:  7.30pm via zoom

A presentation with  Vanessa Drew from Dromore BKA

Vanessa will be telling us about her experiences and adventures as a beekeeper in New Zealand.

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APRIL

28/4/21…  (Wed) Association meeting:  7.30pm via zoom

A presentation with Jonathan Getty from Belfast BKA 

Introducing A Queen to a Colony.

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MAY

26/5/21…  (Wed) Association meeting 7.30pm via zoom

Sebastian Owen from Vita Bee Health

Will be presenting his popular talk at the moment: 

Nutrition – it isn’t all about the sugar, honey. 

https://www.vita-europe.com/beehealth/

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JUNE

23/6/20…  (Wed) Association meeting 7.20 for 7.30pm via zoom

With our member Debbie Gillies from True Harvest Seeds which is a plant conservation charity based near Downpatrick. 

Debbie will be talking to us about their conservation interests and what they are aiming to achieve in regards to native plants, seed saving and preserving a future gene bank of Irelands precious wildflowers and plants. 

Debbie obviously has a huge knowledge and a special interest in planting for pollinators so please come armed with lots of questions.

Their website and details of the services they offer can be found at  https://trueharvestseeds.org/ 

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JULY

No Meeting

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AUGUST

7/8/21... (Sat) Apigard demo and talk about varroa treatment at our Apiary.

Details and directions tbc and will be emailed to members.

 

SEPTEMBER  and OCTOBER

6/10//21…  (Wed) Association meeting 7.20 for 7.30pm via zoom

AGM

Followed by Time to Chat!

With members talking about their Queen rearing experiences this year and anything else....

 

27/10/21…  Association meeting : Autumn preparation with Belfast beekeeper Jonathan Getty...

Jonathan Getty is a former chair of Belfast & District branch of the Ulster Beekeepers Association which has over 250 members and is a current committee member. He is at least a fourth generation beekeeper in the Getty family. His main beekeeping interest is queen rearing based on our native bee Apis mellifera mellifera. He started up the Belfast Minnowburn queen rearing group in 2012 and is currently involved with a new queen rearing group in Co. Tyrone which started up in 2020. He manages over 100 colonies of his own spread over about a dozen apiary sites in NI. He also rears between 400-500 queens per season using 200 Apideas.

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NOVEMBER

24/11/21… Association meeting: Presentation with  Dublin beekeeper Keith Pierce

Keith is a master Beekeeper from Dublin and has be beekeeping for more than 25 years selectively rearing native dark Irish Black Queens - Apis mellifera mellifera.

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DECEMBER

8/12/21 Association meeting: Social evening - details tbc

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2022

 

JANUARY

1/1/22…(Sat) Api- bioxal demonstration and collection - details will be emailed to members

 

There will be no evening meeting this month. Please refer to the below UBKA winter webinars instead.

 

UBKA WINTER WEBINARS

In January and February - being held in place of The Annual Conference: 

Each date must be registered for individually. Follow the links below: 

 

New Year Management with Ged Marshall
Tuesday 12th January, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_exopD7c3Ry22Y8AdIKZUYQ

 

Impact of Pesticides on Bees with Jeff Pettis
Tuesday 19th January, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pF4YuNvXQ7CUv0yJFc3nuw

 

Landscape and Bees with Jane Stout
Wednesday 27th January, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d_VnUIFtRnOiwksIIWiPyw

 

Queen Management Essentials with Juliana Rangel
Wednesday 3rd February, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zWjTdy1FRnqd9h34FMO8Pg

 

Swarm Control with Ged Marshall
Thursday 11th February, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GV0LkakSR5esIYy5nTCQTA

 

Why are Queens Failing? With Jeff Pettis
Thursday 18th February, 8pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wdUHno4MQFyufB0LXjEH4Q

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FEBRUARY

23/2/22...  (Wed) Association meeting:  7.30pm via zoom

  • DAERA Senior Bee Inspector Tom Williamson will be giving us the latest update on honey bee health issues.

Then...

  • Our member Robert Dryesdale from Northern Ireland, currently residing in Trondheim, a city on the Trondheim Fjord, in central Norway talks to us about his beekeeping experiences there, Nordic - style  

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MARCH

23/3/22...  (Wed) Association meeting:  7.30pm 

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APRIL

27/4/22…  (Wed) Association meeting:  7.30pm 

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MAY

25/5/22…  (Wed) Association meeting 7.30pm 

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JUNE

22/6/22…  (Wed) Association meeting 7.30pm

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