Dromore Beekeeping Association will hold an Open Evening in the Science Resource Centre of Dromore High School at 7.30pm until 9.30pm on Tuesday 17th February 2015.
The event is open to everyone with an interest in honey bees, from those wishing to start beekeeping to experienced beekeepers.
During the winter honey bees cluster tightly together generating heat to survive the cold by consuming their store of honey.
The main worry is that the colony will die out from starvation or disease and beekeepers anxiously await warmer days, watching for signs that their bees have survived the winter.
In addition to information on commencing beekeeping, local suppliers of beekeeping equipment, feed supplements and honey jars will be in attendance.
This will provide a good opportunity to stock up on necessary equipment and supplies before the onset of Spring when colonies build up rapidly.
By May the colony expands to such an extent that the main worry for the beekeeper is that the colony will swarm and not yield any honey during the summer.
At this event, experts will provide information on harvesting honey and also on beeswax creams and balms, beeswax candles and making mead.
There will also be information on conservation of the native black bee and novel gadgets to help beekeepers manage their colonies.
Beekeepers need to keep their bees healthy and microscopic investigation can assist in this.
There will be an opportunity at the event to use a microscope to get a closer look at the honey bee anatomy and their pests.
For the first time in Ireland, Dromore Beekeepers are also investigating using monitors connected to the internet to remotely monitor their hives to detect when the queen has started laying or if a colony is preparing to swarm and experts will demonstrate this on the evening.
Dromore Beekeepers’ Association invite everyone with an interest in honey bees to the event.