News & Events

Beekeeping news & events in West Cork.

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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September Newsletter – Tasks for the Month

Hello Beekepers! The month of August has been terrific, with a honey flow that surpassed any expectations. The girls worked hard and I’d imagine that their main source of nectar was from the clover and blackberry as the resultant honey is so sweet and sparkly golden in colour. They worked tirelessly and brought in so much that I ran out …

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August Newsletter – A Busy Month

Hello Beekepers! Just as the swarming season ends AND The main honey flow is over AND Queenie is slowing down in her egg production AND The summer forage bees are dying naturally – There’s still a lot of work left to be done by the beekeeper. Tips for the Coming Month August is a very busy month and thankfully we’ll …

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FABKA West Cork apiary

July Newsletter – Sunshine at Last!

Hello Beekepers! June has brought a bit of sunshine at last and the bees were able to take advantage of the increasing temperatures and the yielding flora. The results are obvious in the hive — we see cells being filled with nectar and pollen being stored. Tips for the Coming Month The MAIN TASK in July is to ensure that …

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Native Irish Honeybee on Flowering Rocket

May Newsletter – A Wet & Cold Month

After what has been a particularly cold and wet May, we look forward to June! Weather permitting, the blackberry and the clover will emerge and this is a great source of nutrition for our bees. As the flow starts you certainly need to inspect your hives weekly. As a beginner, you might be tempted to have a ‘peep’ more often …

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Advice for Beginner Beekeepers in Ireland

Michael has been busy working away at writing some brief overview helpsheets for beginner beekeepers, and we’ve put these up on the website in our new ‘Advice’ section, which we hope to keep expanding to create a useful information source for beekeepers in our particular climate. Let us know if there are any beekeeping topics you’d like us to cover. Remember, if you have any questions at all about beekeeping, we’re only an email away!

Beekeeping for Beginners - Online Course 2021

2021 Beginner Beekeeping Course

We’re delighted to announce our 2021 beginner’s course! Thanks to Covid-19, this will take place via live online video sessions, but we also hope to hold hands-on sessions at our West Cork apiaries in the spring if HSE guidelines allow. The price includes a full year’s membership of FABKA with all associated benefits, as well as a copy of the …

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