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Vice Chairman    



Apiary Manager

Honey Show    

Education Officer        

Bee Health Officer




David McIntyre

Sam Laverty

Jennifer Simpson

Alistair Moorcroft

David Logue

Will Jones

Mark Wallace

Wendy Johnston

Sid Carruthers

Alan McKinney

The online booking system is now open for

the 2019 UBKA conference running 15th-16th February. 


Please find the link here -

A conference brocure & booking form is at -


There will be a new stream dedicated to our preliminary students  who can obtain a booking discount.

Next Club meeting 


Thursday 17th January 2019 at 7pm

in the Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady 




Can we remind members that the £20 subscription fee for 2019 should be paid at this meeting as you are not covered by insurance until fees are paid.

EFB Outbreaks

Recently there have been seven recorded incidents of European foulbrood (EFB) in the North West area of the Province and I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the action we are taking and what beekeepers can do to help protect your colonies.


We are completing brood inspections in the 3 mile surveillance areas around the outbreaks and beekeepers in these areas will be contacted to arrange a bee health inspection as soon as possible. In the meantime we would encourage all beekeepers to remain vigilant for the signs of EFB in their hives whilst completing inspections such as swarm control by checking visible larvae to establish everything looks normal. Should you suspect symptoms of EFB please let us know and we will try to complete an inspection urgently.

 EFB is insidious in nature and can be hard to detect in bee colonies with other factors such as available nectar flow, ratio of bees to brood and stress levels having a strong bearing on its visibility. Further information is included in the NBU leaflet “Foulbrood Disease of Honey Bees” which can be downloaded from BeeBase at

 Developing a keen eye for abnormal brood compared to healthy brood and having good quarantine systems to avoid spreading disease along with reporting any suspicious brood symptoms to DAERA Bee Health Inspectorate are important factors in controlling foulbrood disease on honey bees. 


Tom Williamson

Honey Show 2018 

Results now on the Honey Show page. Click here

Check out  Sam Laverty’s excellent you Tube videos on beekeeping and queen rearing here

click on the picture to start



Mark Carton, one of our members, has started to sell bee supplies from his shop at 28 Catherine Street, Limavady, BT49 9DB.   Mark's telephone numbers are 028 7772 9466 or 07752 313300.

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.