News & Events

Beekeeping news & events in West Cork.

Some of the group proudly displaying the FIBKA beekeeping association of the year cup!

We’re FIBKA Association of the Year 2022!

Hello Beekepers! We have some really exciting news to share with you: our little West Cork beekeeping association won FIBKA’s ‘Association of the Year‘ award for 2022! Congratulations to you, all of our members! The committee would like to say a huge thank you for all of your enthusiasm and support. It’s amazing that we’ve achieved so much in such …

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July Notes & Uniting Weak Colonies

Hello Beekepers! Hello all and apologies for the delay in getting this out to you! July is usually a less hectic month than May and June. Most of the swarming is done and dusted. The colonies should have a good fertile queen and a strong population of bees, often depending on how successful your swarm control method was. Supers should …

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First Inspections

Hello Beekepers! We hope you and your bees have been enjoying the lovely weather! This month, we’ll look at what to do during that all-important first inspection of the season. We also have a live, in-person meeting in Ballydehob on Wednesday 20th April at 7.30pm, so scroll down to the bottom of this email for more details. We’re looking forward to …

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In Praise of the Dandelion

Hello Beekepers! Hello all, and hoping you and your bees are fit and healthy. Welcome to all of our new members – we’re delighted to have you with us and we wish you many years of excellent beekeeping ahead of you! I saw bees on the dandelion this morning. Why, oh why, do people dig up this little plant!? The …

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February Newsletter – Happy New Beekeeping Year

Hello Beekepers! We wish you all a very happy 2022! Hopefully the bees will furnish us with many jars of liquid gold again this year. Firstly, I would like to thank Mary Downey and Norbert Themar for tending our FABKA apiary throughout the past few months. Their vigilant eyes and know-how ensured that the girls were secure, contented and healthy. …

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December Newsletter – All About Beeswax

Merry Christmas, Beekepers! We hope you’ve all had a fantastic year and the team at FABKA wish you and your bees the happiest of holiday seasons. This month’s newsletter is all about beeswax. If you’ve recently got your bees, then hopefully you’ll have some excess wax from cappings and brace comb next year – you could be gifting handmade beeswax …

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November Newsletter – Preparing for Winter

Hello Beekepers! The clocks go back, the temperature drops, and the nights are longer and darker. The queen bumblebees go underground and hibernate, but what do our honeybees do? When the temperature falls below 13 degrees, the girls rarely fly and they huddle together in the hive and form what is known as a cluster. The workers surround queenie and …

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October Newsletter – All About Honey

Hello Beekepers! Hoping both you and your bees are keeping well. Firstly, apologies for the delay in writing this but, as will be explained later, we were waiting for confirmation as to when and where our next presentation is to take place. Fancy a free jar of association honey? Scroll to the bottom of this post for details of our …

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