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NEWS FROM FBKA

FBKA Honorary Membership Awards

This Award recognizes individual member's outstanding contributions, dedication and commitment
to beekeeping.

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.

Programme 2021

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!

FURTHER NEWS

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.

Workshop Speakers:
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 https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/

 

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