Hillsborough to host major beekeeping event

HILLSBOROUGH’S Village Centre will play host on Saturday, November 3, to the annual conference of the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers.

This his year the guest speakers will be Professor Keith Delaplane from the University of Georgia, USA, and Ged Marshall, a commercial beekeeper and queen breeder from Buckinghamshire.

Prof. Delaplane has been a guest of INIB on several occasions; he will be giving two lectures - The Superorganism, and why it matters to Beekeepers and Bee-Breeding Fact or Fiction.

Professor of Entomology and director of the honey bee research and education program at the University of Georgia, and national director of a multimillion dollar project to study and reverse bee decline, Keith will in fact be delivering the lectures at the National Honey Show in London and it gives local beekeepers the opportunity to hear this world renowned expert on their own doorstep.

Ged Marshall also needs no introduction to beekeepers in Northern Ireland, having previously enthralled with his knowledge and experience of practical beekeeping.

He will be giving two talks - Swarm control- without nine-day checks and Re-Queening – Why? When? How?

Ged has been running a commercial beekeeping enterprise since 1994, having studied beekeeping in Tenerife, Denmark, France and with the late Brother Adam at Buckfast Abbey.

As well as the lecture program there will be the Annual Honey Show, which brings together the best exhibitors for the last show of the season; as always Bill Turnbull, INIB President, will present the awards.

Cost for the day, which include lunch, morning and afternoon coffee, scones etc is £25 for INIB members, £30 for non-members. Numbers will be limited so early booking is recommended. Full details can be obtained from the Conference Secretary Lyndon Wortley tel: 07521989508 membershipsecretary@inibeekeepers.com