THOSE Dromore Beekeepers who attended the FIBKA summer beekeeping school at Gormanston for the past two years discovered Megan Seymour and were keen to have her visit Dromore.
In fact, the summer school also discovered her; she attended as a visitor in 2010 and was invited back to speak and demonstrate in 2011. She will be the guest speaker at the Dromore Beekeepers’ Association May meeting.
These meetings are usually held on a Tuesday evening but Megan wanted to come on a Friday in order to visit apiaries over the weekend and see something of beekeeping in Northern Ireland. Please note that this meeting will be in Dromore High School on Friday evening 25th May at 7.30pm. There will be no meeting on 15th. The title of her talk will be “Identifying Disease.” As a Seasonal Bee Inspector, she will concentrate on brood diseases.
Megan is a “Master Beekeeper” which is the highest qualification awarded by the British Beekeepers’ Association. She won the Wax Chandlers Award for having the highest marks in 2007. She has kept bees seriously for fifteen years and manages and overwinters 25 colonies mostly in out apiaries as she has a small town garden. Her greatest beekeeping love is for queen rearing and she builds up her colonies in the springtime and sells nucs and queens during the season. Like most beekeepers, she doesn’t like extracting and bottling honey, but is grateful to have honey to bottle.
Megan, or Meg, as she is often called, is a busy girl; her main job is working for a consultant engineering company analysing and patterning fabric structures such as the retractable roof over the centre court at Wimbledon.
In the summer she works as a Seasonal Bee Inspector for The National Bee Unit so with this, her own bees and travelling to speak and demonstrate at Beekeeping Associations, she hasn’t much time left.
Dromore Beekeepers’ Association is delighted to welcome her to Northern Ireland.