The 2016 UBKA Conference will take place this year on 11th and 12th March 2016 at Greenmount Campus and a brochure is availble to download here.
This year’s conference expands on last year’s popular themes, bringing the best of science and practical beekeeping together.
We are thrilled to welcome a true legend in beekeeping circles. Tom Seeley is Professor of Neurobiology and Behaviour at Cornell University. His reputation for gold standard science together with his published work enjoyed by beekeepers and researchers worldwide makes his planned lectures a priority. His easy teaching style and passion for “all things bee” makes his four lectures unmissable. Highly recommended.
Michael Maunsell Senior Lecturer from County Ofally brings us an insight into “The Drone”, he will explore the importance of the drones’ place in the hive. Fascinating.
The All Ireland Pollinator Strategy is the topic of conversation for Una Fitzpatrick. Una is the manager of the Irish Pollinator Initiative which includes our honey bee as well as the many other pollinators. Find out if we can do more to help our environment.
2015 was one of our most difficult beekeeping seasons with reports of honey yields down by 50%, poor queen mating with very poor weather making simple husbandry difficult for everyone. This conference brings the best experience of home grown speaker Ethel Irvine (Senior Lecturer) shares her wisdom on swarming. Seasonal Bee Inspector Megan Seymour relates her expertise and practical approach to the brood diseases and the new threats in beekeeping.
Margaret Thomas‘s knowledge and commercial experience in Essex and Scotland can be applied to NI Beekeepers and should help us all master the difficulties of beekeeping in the northern regions. She will explain the importance of nucleus production for our apiaries.
Bill Turnbull joins us for the weekend to deliver the “Bees for Development Lecture”. He is a patron of this charity which works to promote sustainable beekeeping worldwide, best for bees and best for people. Bill has kindly agreed to join us at our Friday Social Evening. He will also act as Celebrity Auctioneer at our Charity Event on Saturday evening in the Dunadry Hotel, Antrim after our conference (details and tickets available on our website).
• Microscopy returns after last year’s successful introduction.
• Skep making with Louise McClean will allow those attending to gain some understanding and practice of the craft.
• Billy Millar from Killinchy will demonstrate perfect hive assembly.
• A question and answer session led by UBKA tutors for new/novice beekeepers gives you the chance to discuss your beekeeping experience. Ask the questions on the tip of your tongue!
There is something for everyone! So get booked early to avoid disappointment.