Are you an Experienced Beekeeper?
It is generally stated that it takes 4 -5 years before a beekeeper has experienced most if not all that can happen in the course of a beekeeping year. Hard lessons are learned in those formative years and mini-battles are won and lost along the way.
The more hives you manage, the more problems you need to solve, and the steeper is the learning curve. There is also an element of understanding between the beekeeper and his or her bees as several generations of queens and hives are produced and maintained by the same person. However experienced you may be, there is always more to learn, new techniques to be tried out and new approaches to be experimented with. Medications are constantly changing as new understanding of diseases are unveiled.
We have survived the storm of Varroa mites. Now we are ever vigilant waiting for the first arrival of the Asian Hornet and the Small Hive Beetle, which will bring new challenges in their wake.
We need to support the latest research initiatives and to implement the findings, plus educate the beginners and novices, who represent the future of beekeeping in Ireland.
It is incumbent on all experienced beekeepers to foster new ideas, support new beekeepers and adopt new approaches at a time when mass species extinctions of plants and animals are threatening the future survival of the food chain on which we all ultimately depend. Your voice is important in these uncertain times.
The North Kildare Beekeepers Association run many open days each year. We are committed to promoting the keeping of bees both as a hobby and also commercially. Many of our members give freely of their free time to spread the message and encourage others to become beekeepers.
The NKBKA commitment to biodiversity maintenance and the support of the National Pollinator’s plan can be seen in our dealings with the public at all levels from School visits to supporting Businesses in their promotion of sustainable environmental practices.
We see the bees as bioindicators of the health of the environment and honey as proof of sustainable production processes.