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Honey for sale
Last of the 2020 honey jarred today. 8 & 12oz jars available.
Local delivery can be arranged for larger quantities.
Phone or text 07803161940
CLUB OFFICERS 2021
Bee Health Officer
It gives me great pleasure to announce that our next association meeting will be held at the Apiary on Thursday 24th June at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the open-sided farm building beside the clubhouse with social distancing rules applied and a strict no-smoking rule. There are a lot of new members since the last apiary meeting and you are all encouraged to attend. It will be great forus tomeet again in person and compare notes about how our bees are doing.
There will be lots to catch up on, news of the Preliminary students' success, UBKA update, Club Apiary news, and seasonal beekeeping advice from Leo, with Q & A time.
The Barbecue!....is provisionally planned for Thursday 15th July, arrivefrom 7, food at 7.30pm in the beautiful gardens of Harry and Bridget Boyle. (further along the lane from the Apiary) There will be raffles, prizes, an auction for a nuc of bees, and a hive donated by Mervyn Callaghan. This is always a lovely event for members, friends, and family. More details to be confirmed nearer the time.
On behalf of the committee, we look forward to meeting you all again.
Asian Hornet found outside Dublin
The National Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has confirmed that a single specimen of the invasive alien species Asian Hornet has been found in Ireland. This marks the first identification of the species in the wild in Ireland. The single specimen was found ‘alive but dying’ in a private dwelling on the northside of Dublin. At this time, there is no indication of a nest in the vicinity.
Photographs of the specimen taken by the homeowner were sent to the National Biodiversity Data Centre (biodiversityireland.ie) and later verified as Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) by the National Museum of Ireland.
Zomba Beekeeping Initative
RVBKA have supported the Zomba beekeeping initiative in rural Malawi for a number of years having been introduced to it by the late Rev Sam Millar. This year the club has made a donation of £100 to the work.
Click on the picture to download an attachment for more details of progress this year
The 2019-20 Honey bee husbandry survey report is now online at the AFBI website:https://www.afbini.gov.uk/articles/bee-health
AFBI SURVEY 2020
For 2019, club meetings will contain an advice and help section. This is intended to provide advice on any beekeeping topic, no matter how simple, on subjects you choose.
You can contact Sam, RVBKA Club Chairman, prior to meetings at any time using the link below
Check out Sam Laverty’s excellent you Tube videos on beekeeping and queen rearing here
The stained glass image used as our logo is from a Canadian Stained glass company called Light Romance, onto which has been laid the RVBKA title. In March '08 their Director wrote: Hi Alan. We will be honoured if you use our stained glass honeybee on your website. Cheers, Larry @ Light Romance. Visit the Light Romance website ( click on their link below) to see the beautiful range of designs they have created. www.light-romance.on.ca