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Getting the Best From Your Bees

Hello Beekepers! Hello all Our 2022 season is almost complete and preparations for the next season are upon us! All the FABKA team have done fantastic work since our inauguration on that cold winter’s night in February 2020 at the Teagasc office in Skibbereen. Our gradual increase in repeat membership renewals have impressed ourselves and others over the past three …

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Honeybee feeding on an ivy flower

Preparing Your Apiary for Winter

Hello Beekepers! Hello all and hoping the season produced a great crop of honey for those of you who have colonies. For those of you who have only recently started the wonderful art of apiculture, what a pleasure you had in harvesting your first batch of liquid gold. What goes on in the hive at this time of year? The …

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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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