Happy new year – a busy year ahead

A box of baker's fondant (honey shown for scale)

February is just round the corner and still the beekeeper in Ireland does not feel that winter has really arrived.

The mild weather means that many honeybee colonies have been more active that usual over the last few months – and in consequence require extra feeding.  In winter, most beekeepers use baker’s fondant – the bees can’t take down liquid feed in cold weather.

The new year has begun for the Co Dublin BKA.  We had our AGM this week and elected a new chairperson, John Killian.  The association’s in good health – and for the first time in living memory we have over 200 members. On Monday week, the sixth of Feb we have our first spring lecture – Mary Montaut will talk on bees and plants.  On the following day our beginners’ course starts – it is practically full, so if you want to try for a place, contact Ann (details here) immediately.

This year Dublin plays host to an Apimondia conference on bee health – on the 24th March.  Our friends in the North, the Ulster BKA have their conference in spring too.

Hope you can make it to one of these events.

Simon