NEWS FROM FBKA
FBKA Honorary Membership Awards
This Award recognizes individual member's outstanding contributions, dedication and commitment
Previous FBKA Honorary Membership Award Winners
Howard McConnell 2017
Ethel Irvine 2018
Hugh Mannix 2019
Joe Greene 2019
Andrew Elliott 2020
Also 2019 was the first award of Preliminary Beekeeper of the Year which was presented to Mary Brady.
The 2020 Preliminary Beekeeper of the Year award went to John McGrath.
FBKA would be grateful if members would complete the annual DAERA survey. Questions should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. The link directly to the survey is here (scroll down the page to Honeybee husbandry survey 2021 and click on it). Smartphone and tablet versions of the survey are also available using the above link. Thanks.
Unfortunately, many opportunities we would normally have to meet were cancelled last year, including chiefly our BBQ and Honey Show. 2020 was a challenging year for bees and beekeepers.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and anxieties, we are still not meeting face-to-face as usual. Instead, monthly meetings take place ‘on-line’. So, please give it a go! In spite of and because of COVID-19, a whole world - literally - of beekeeping has opened up to us through on-line systems like Zoom. Lorraine, our secretary, will send out a link to these meetings in due course.
The FBKA 2021 AGM was held on Thursday 28th January, using Zoom. Thomas McCaffrey was elected Chairman.
Good Luck to all the new committe!
Unfortunately, Ulster BKA have had to cancel its 2021 Annual Conference.
Instead UBKA will host a series of Zoom Webinars from some World Class Speakers on our favourite topic - Bees. Details of how to join these Webinars to follow in due course.
All Webinars are FREE to members and commence at 8pm with a Question & Answer session after.
Virtual Bee Health Workshop 2021 will take place Thursday 22nd April 2021 at 7:30pm via Zoom.
Tom Williamson - Senior Bee Inspector (DAERA). Overview and Update of NI Bee Health and Current Challenges
Megan Seymour - Master Beekeeper. How to Make Healthy Increase. Practical Hints and Tips for Queen Rearing.
Last FBKA monthly meeting:
Thursday March 25, 2021 08:00 PM - Saorla Kavanagh talked to us about Protecting Farmland Pollinators at