Dromore Beekeeping Association held a successful Open Evening at Dromore High School in Dromore, County Down on Tuesday, 17th February 2015.
The event drew a large number of local beekeepers and also members of the public interested in becoming beekeepers.
The event provided an opportunity for beekeepers to stock up on necessary equipment and supplies before the onset of spring when colonies build up rapidly. Stands provided information on harvesting honey, producing beeswax creams and balms and making beeswax candles and mead.
There was also equipment on display to help beekeepers breed queens and a practical demonstration of the use of microscopes to examine the honey bee anatomy and their pests.
Finally, beekeeping is clearly keeping up with modern technology as local beekeeper Robert McCreery demonstrated using the internet to monitor hives to detect when the queen has started laying or if a colony is preparing to swarm.