Members monthly meeting take place in CBS Swords at 8p.m.
Unless otherwise stated.


An overview of the season to date. (October 2017)

We are coming to the end of another beekeeping year. The bees had generally over-wintered well with strong colonies after record flows, in most places, from the autumn ivy. Winter losses (per COLOSS returns) dropped to 11 per cent, from 16 per cent in the previous winter. Colonies built up well, although there were cold periods at times, and swarm activity was about average. The oil seed rape yielded well and later in the summer good flows were reported from white clover and bramble, although lack of rain probably reduced honey crops.
       The flow from the ivy is generally looking good and should boost the population of winter bees, so necessary to ensure a good build-up in the spring.

Monthly Meetings
Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association meet at 8.00p.m. in the Christian Brothers schools Swords on the first Thursday of each month.
(see list below)

Map  to get to the Christian Brothers School in Swords.



January 2018
No Meeting, C.B.School closed over the Christmas holiday period.


February 2018
Thursday 1st February 2018
First meeting of the new year.





On the Saturday 8th April 2017, beginners first look inside a live hive at the associations apiary in Kinsealy, the hives had plenty of brace comb
on the crown boards, packed with ivy honey.



Events for Future Reference

BEEKEEPING COURSE
Fingal North Dublin Beekeeper's Association (FNDBA) run a popular beginners beekeeping course once a year during February and March. The 2018 course is oversubscribed and is now closed. There are limited places available (our volunteers give freely of their time to support) unfortunately we cannot accept further expressions of interest for the next course.

This is the only beginners course run by FNDBA.

Please visit The Federation of Irish beekeepers  web site for information on courses offered by other associations.

FNDBA also hold regular monthly meetings which anyone interested in beekeeping are always welcome to attend. (see Events page).
For any querys please contact:- Ms. Paula Butler.  


APIARY DEMONSTRATION
Following the well-attended demonstration in the Association apiary last year, it is planned to run a workshop (as usual weather permitting) for all members on raising Queens from an 'artificial swarm' (taking out a Nuc with queen) and raising ripe queen cells for introduction to Apideas.
This is a skill that all of our members should be able to master.


HONEY SHOWS
A good way for beginners to improve their honey extraction and preparation skills is to attend and exhibit at honey shows. This is a enjoyable way of gaining a lot of worthwhile experience.


LIBRARY FACILITIES
Our Association has a library with a wide selection of books. The library books are available for loan to members at each monthly meeting, a full listing is available from the librarian, at vbourenkov@gmail.com.
Members who have an outstanding book should return it to the librarian,
Victor.


ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
The membership subscriptions for 2018, will be due on the 1st November 2017.
The membership subscription covers the period from the 1st November to 31st October each year, which includes your insurance premium, affiliation fee to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association and your monthly subscription to An Beachaire, for the same period.
Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association Membership fee for 2018 :- €65.00, fee for additional family member €30.00 per member.
Cheques should be made payable to Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association. Please note that a member’s insurance is only effective from the time payment is made and receipt given, and late payment will result in some of the issues of An Beachaire for 2017/18 not being posted.




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