Dromore beekeepers to hold open evening

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Dromore Beekeepers Association will hold an Open Evening in theScience Resource Centre of Dromore High School from 7.30- 9.30pm on Tuesday, February 17.

The event is open to everyone with an interest in honey bees. - beginners or established beekeepers.

As well as information on commencing beekeeping,the event will feature local suppliers of beekeeping equipment, feed supplements and honey jars. “This will provide a good opportunity to stock up on necessary equipment and supplies before the onset of Spring when colonies build up rapidly,” a spokesperson said.

“ . . . At this event, experts will provide information on harvesting honey and also on beeswax creams and balms, beeswax candles and making mead.

“There will also be information on conservation of the native black bee and novel gadgets to help beekeepers manage their colonies.

“Beekeepers need to keep their bees healthy and microscopic investigation can assist in this.

“There will be an opportunity at the event to use a microscope to get a closer look at the honey bee anatomy and their pests.

“For the first time in Ireland, Dromore Beekeepers are also investigating using monitors connected to the internet to remotely monitor their hives to detect when the queen has started laying or if a colony is preparing to swarm and experts will demonstrate this on the evening.

“Dromore Beekeepers’ Association invites everyone with an interest in honey bees to the event.”