Welcome to Royal County Beekeepers, founded over 10 years ago we are growing in strength and numbers each year. We have a large number of beekeepers in our immediate association, and over 100 members of our group are affiliated to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association.
Becoming a member of Royal County Beekeepers is a great opportunity to become part of a community, socialising with like minded people, who are interested in preserving the life of our honeybee and teaching this craft to you in a simple effective way, so that you too may experience the joy of keeping bees.
WHAT WE DO AS A GROUP
Beginners Courses: The 2016 Royal County Beekeepers beginners course will start on Wednesday the 24th February 2016. It will consist of five evening sessions held in the Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan, Co Meath for approx. 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The course will cover subjects including an introduction to beekeeping, equipment,disease and pest control and honey production. This will be followed by a workshop day covering hive and frame assembly, the smoker, hive hygiene and if the weather is right meet the bees. During the active beekeeping season a number of visits to the apiary following the seasons work with the bees and a chance to do some hands on beekeeping. The cost of the course is €100 which includes annual membership to RCBKA and FIBKA, insurance for beekeepers and An Beachaire the Irish Beekeeper magazine. Places are limited and are on a first come basis. Please email or call our secretary to reserve a place. Secretary:Geraldine McCann, Tel: 087 9130333, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational lectures are given throughout the year,Topics such as Swarm control and Prevention, Queen Rearing, Hive Inspection, and even gardening for the bees are hugely interesting and informative. Lecturers from around the country provide these talks and it is a great learning curve for everyone who attends, not to mention the social aspect of the evening. These are held in the Parish Rooms Navan Community Centre. Our beekeeping year begins and ends with a celebration, Arbour Day in March and our Annual Honey Show in October A calendar of spring events an be found on this site, and we will update it as we go through the beekeeping year.Queen Marking ColoursSince honey bee colonies and hence queen honey bees can survive a number of years a system of Queen marking colours has been devised which, if followed, give an indication of the age of the Queen. The Queen is marked with a spot of paint on her thorax (between the head and abdomen) and the colour scheme is as follows 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 White Yellow Red Green Blue
Up & Coming Events.Sunday October 16th: The Royal County Honey Show -
The Royal County Beekeepers Association will be holding their Honey Show on Sunday the 16th October in the Ardboyne Hotel, Dublin Road, Navan.