CLUB OFFICERS 2018
Bee Health Officer
The online booking system is now open for
the 2019 UBKA conference running 15th-16th February.
Please find the link here - https://www.ubka.org/shop/ubka-conference-2019-ticket/
A conference brocure & booking form is at - https://www.ubka.org/conference/
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.
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 www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadDocument.cfm?id=7
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.
Honey Show 2018
Results now on the Honey Show page. Click here
click on the picture to start
BEEKEEPING SUPPLIES FOR CLUB MEMBERS
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. www.light-romance.on.ca