Events for your Diary

Throughout the year, Preston and District Beekeepers Association run a programme of lectures, demonstrations and social events. You are most welcome to come along and meet us.

Our meetings aim to cater for all standards of beekeeper from beginner to advanced.

Some of the practical demonstrations are held at the Joe Birkby teaching apiary, where you may be given the opportunity to handle bees.

We also attend local shows, providing information about beekeeping and demonstrating the variety of products that can be made using the contents of a hive.

We often take an observation hive so that you can watch the queen laying eggs and see all her workers up close, safely behind glass.

For more information, see the list below or contact us using the form on the Contacts page.

January:

Thursday 20th January.   7.30pm

Simple Queen Rearing Part 1

Speaker Paul Roberts, Master Beekeeper, Ormskirk & Croston BKA.

By raising our own queens not only can a beekeeper save money, but it is thought that home bred queens perform better in their own region and climate. In addition, since Brexit, the BBKA has actively discouraged the importation of bees given the risk of possible disease transmission. This means that it is all the more important for us to “grow” our own.

In this two-part talk Paul will take us through the steps to be able to select and raise our own queens.

Via Zoom

February:

Thursday 17th February. 7.30pm

Simple Queen Rearing Part 2

Speaker: Paul Roberts, Master Beekeeper, Ormskirk & Croston BKA

The second part of Paul’s talk on how to raise our own queens.

Via Zoom

March:

Thursday 17th March. 7.30pm

Swarm Control

Speaker: Janey Murray, East Lancashire Beekeepers

As responsible beekeepers it is important to take care to avoid letting bees swarm. A swarm can represent a loss of bees resulting in less or no honey production, and a reduced ability to over-winter colonies due to a smaller colony size. In this talk Janet will highlight things we may have forgotten or never even knew about swarm prevention including what the bees are up to before they decide to swarm.

This talk is suitable for all, particularly new beekeepers.

Via Zoom

April:

Thursday 21st April. 7.30pm

Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping

Speaker:  Dr Fred Ayres, Lune Valley Beekeepers

Fred started beekeeping over 20 years ago and as his knowledge and interest grew so did the number of his colonies and also the time involved in managing them. He began to explore if there was a different way of managing his bees and in this talk Fred will tell us about his journey to adopting alternative beekeeping methods and explain reasons why he chose them.

This talk is suitable for all beekeepers from new to experienced.

Zoom Details

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Meeting ID: 825 5996 7494

Passcode: 310983

May:

Saturday 14th May. 2pm. 

Queen Rearing Practical Training Part 1

This is the first of a two-part practical training session, led by Master Beekeeper, Viki Cuthbertson, for members who wish to raise their own Queen bees.

Location: Joe Birkby Teaching Apiary.

 

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Sunday  22nd May 

2 – 4pm 

Meet the Bees Taster Event 

This year Preston and District Beekeepers are running two “Meet the Bees” taster days

These days are aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about honeybees.

For more information or to book your place please see our New Beekeepers page

June:

Saturday 18th June. 2pm

PBKA Group Queen Rearing Part 2

This is the second of the two-part practical training sessions, led by Viki Cuthbertson, to discuss progress with Queen rearing and offer any direction or assistance needed.

Location:  Joe Birkby Teaching Apiary.

July:

Saturday 23rd July. 

9am – 3.30pm

Cost to be confirmed

National Bee Unit, Bee Health Day.

Hosted by Lancaster Beekeepers and led by the northern team of  bee inspectors, this day will cover an in depth look at biosecurity, honeybee pests and diseases, including examples of AFB and EFB giving a rare opportunity to see these diseases for real.

In person at Lancaster Royal Grammar school, Lancaster.

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Sunday 24th July 

2 – 4pm

Meet the Bees Taster Event 

This year Preston and District Beekeepers are running two “Meet the Bees” taster days

These days are aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about honeybees.

For more information or to book your place please see our New Beekeepers page.

August:

Thursday 18th August. 7.30pm

Preparing Honey and Hive products for showing.

Speaker: John Goodwin

Experienced show judge, John will talk through the secrets of preparing winning hive products ready for competing in local shows.

There will be a chance to ask John questions at the end of his talk.

Location:

St Christopher’s Church

851 Blackpool Road, Lea,

Preston, PR2 1QS

September:

Saturday 24th September. 11.00am with judging at 1pm

Preston Beekeepers Annual Honey Show.

Judge: Ivor Flatman .

In person at St Theresa’s Club, 31 Queensway, Penwortham PR1 0DS.

Staging of exhibits from 11am

Lunch included

Judging by Ivor Flatman at 1pm

Speaker to be confirmed.

October:

Thursday 20th October. 7.30pm 

Keeping Healthy Colonies. 

Speaker: Margaret Murdin.

Margaret will talk through the essentials for maintaining colony health throughout the beekeeping year.

There will be a chance to ask Margaret questions at the end of her talk.

Location:

St Christopher’s Church

851 Blackpool Road, Lea,

Preston PR2 1QS

November:

Thursday 24th November. Branch AGM Speaker and Venue TBC

December:

Christmas Lunch. Details To Follow