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Vice Chairman    



Apiary Manager

Honey Show    

Education Officer        

Bee Health Officer




David McIntyre

Richard Wray

Jennifer Simpson

Sandra Logan

David Logue

Will Jones

Mark Wallace

Wendy Johnston

Sid Carruthers

Alan McKinney

Club Summer BBQ

will be held on 

Wednesday, 18th July at 7pm

Harry and Bridget Boyle's gardens 

This year it will be a hog roast served with a selection of breads and salads and followed by dessert.  Wine and soft drinks will be served as well as tea and coffee.  The cost this year will be £7 per person.  There will also be a raffle and an auction of a bee hive kindly donated by Mark Wallace.  This is an excellent social event so do come along and bring your partner to meet and chat with fellow members.  


It is essential that the caterers know how many guests they need to provide for so can you please let Sandra know by 11th July if you intend to be there. email   or telephone  028 7084 8538 (home) or 07850 163408 (mobile).

Roe Valley Beekeepers’ Association 

2018 Schedule of meetings and Guest speakers 

Click here for list or go to the Events News & Links tab above

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

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

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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.