Dromore BKA held a very successful open night at Dromore on Tuesday night, 17th February 2015. Many familiar beekeeper faces were present on the evening reflecting the popularity of this association within the beekeeping community. Secretary Jesús Borobia Belsué reports “We had over 200 visitors, There were stands demonstrating Beeswax/Candle making, Mead making, Donegal Bees trade stand, Inventor’s Corner, Home Produced Sales, Finlay Foods trade stand, A Virtual Hive, Arnia Remove Hive Monitoring and Microscopy. Please feel free to check our website, shown at the top of this article”
The profile of beekeeping has been coming into the public arena a lot recently, because of the publicity given in the media to the various threats to pollinators and the effects of this on food crop production. Bees (and many other pollinating insects) have come under a great deal of stress in recent years due to factors including climate change, commercial and agricultural practices, pesticide use, monoculture replacing mixed crop cultivation etc , introduction of pathogens and parasites by human action etc…, The UBKA and sister organisations are striving to find ways to support the pollinators by various means, including bee breeding programmes, having close liaison with statutory bodies and legislators both locally and internationally, and working with the farming, beekeeping, and horticulture communities to educate all stakeholders in best practice to reduce risk of harm to pollinators. It is estimated that pollination by insects – bees, butterflies, etc – accounts for significant financial contribution to the food production chain (estimated by some as being in hundreds of millions stg p.a.)
At the time of year beekeepers are beginning to prepare for the incoming season’s activities, with several running preliminary beekeeping courses for beginners or those curious to know what all the fuss is about. Find out more at the UBKA website under “Getting Started” where there are links to the training courses available.