Renowned expert to speak in Dromore

The renowned beekeeping expert Ben Harden of Gorey Co. Wexford will be the speaker at the February monthly meeting of Dromore Beekeepers’ Association on Tuesday February 18 in Dromore High School in Dromore Co. Down.

Ben will speak on “Spring Management”.

Ben’s first encounter with bees was with the African Honeybee, referred to in Hollywood movies as ‘killer bees’, while he was at school in Kenya. The experience did not deter him and on his return to Ireland he started to keep bees in 1975.

During the past forty years he has progressed through success in the Federation of Irish Beekeeping Association’s Senior Certificate to the UK National Diploma in Beekeeping.

He is currently Education Officer for Gorey Beekeeping Association on the south eastern coast of Ireland.

Ben is well known throughout Ireland, north and south, for the Ben Harden Method of rearing honey bee queens.

Rearing queens is the aspiration of all beekeepers and Ben is seen as one of the experts of this process.

Ben’s visit to Dromore will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the local beekeeping calendar.