Banner Beekeepers are holding our Autumn beginners course on 3 consecutive Saturdays on October 12th, 19th and 26th.Course times are 10am to 4.30pm with registration at 9.30 on Saturday 12th October.
This years venue will be the Adult Education Centre, Clonroad, Ennis.
Cost of course will be E80 which includes 1 years membership to Banner BKA.
In order to ensure your place on this course a deposit of E40 must be sent to Banner treasurer Frank Benson, Ballyconry, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.
All cheques for deposit must be made payable to Banner BKA.
We would like to say thanks to the Irish Seedsavers for their support to the Banner Beekeeping Association and for the invitation to participate at their annual Open day in Scariff on the 12th of August.
We would like to say thanks to all the people who called to our beekeeping information stand with many people expressing an interest in beekeeping and in the planting of bee friendly plants to support bees
Beekeepers from all around the country called to chat making the event an enjoyable occasion. Newly established and seasoned beekeepers from North and South Kerry, Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Dublin were in attendance, sharing their knowledge, challenges and ideas on beekeeping throughout the day.
Local novice and potential beekeepers expressed a desire for training courses and information for beginners. We plan to have evening lectures on various aspects of the craft between now and the end of this year with our Conference planned for the start of February next year as well as a beginners course in springtime 2013. More information on all of these will be posted as details become available.
Coming back to the same apiary where a swarm was caught later that week presented a sense of deja vu with a fresh swarm settled on the same location as 5 days earlier.
The swarm was again hand brushed into their new home, this time into a brood box which had the floor strapped onto it to prevent the bees falling through onto the ground.
The bees seem to have been particular ‘good’ at swarming this year.
This swarm was discovered on the underside of a large sally tree which was about 30 feet away from the hive the bees had come from, this was the 11th of June.
The bees were hand brushed onto the top bars of a nucleus and placed in an apiary several miles away where they have developed well during the season and now have a super of honey.
The original hive was examined for queens and queen cells. There was no obvious sign of a queen so two queen cells were left on the frames with several other queen cells being taken into apideas where 2 queens were successfully raised.
We would like to thank everybody who have been in contact with us regarding swarms which have been found during the past months. We are always willing to help and remove bees when requested by members of the public.
Welcome to the website of Banner Beekeepers Association. We have about 70 members from all over Co. Clare. Our meetings are generally held in Ennis, with outdoor classes in Inagh and Scariff.
We are a voluntary association affiliated to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers associations (FIBKA)
What did we do last year?
We held four lectures, a beginners course, an intermediate workshop, an information night, an open day, 4 practical outdoor classes, an info stand a couples of meetings and dvd night.
Aims of the Association
To promote the craft of beekeeping in Co. Clare.
To promote awareness of the importance of bees.
To advise, educate and support beekeepers in the locality.
To provide a network for local beekeepers.
To hold events related to bees and beekeeping.