At this time of year it is a regular occurrence that bees swarm. The honey bees should not be confused with wasps. Generally the bees will coalesce into a large bundle around the queen bee located possibly on a wall as they decide where they’re going to go to next. The bees in this situation are quite docile and the risk of getting a sting is low so long as the bees are not disturbed.
This week KKB called in the mid-Kilkenny Beekeepers to help when a swarm landed on one of Kilkenny’s historic limestone walls in the city centre. Congratulations to the beekeepers who had a volunteer out within an hour to help and a local building contractor who assessed to gain access. The swarm was collected and brought to a new hive. It is important that we protect and look after our pollinators in particular the honey bees.
Many thanks to the Lions Club and Dukesmeadows residents association who joined forces with KKB to undertake a Summer weeding of the Bennettsbridge rd., community orchard. The orchard has a variety of fruit tree types and also fruit bushes in an attractive location adjacent to the access route to the river Nore walks. The variety of trees and bushes is attractive for our pollinators and also provide autumn fruit and berries which is of interest to wildlife.
Saturday May 28th : Presentation at Bee friendly Rothe House garden 1pm-3pm. There will also be the identification of bee/pollinator friendly plants. All are welcome. Entry to the Gardens is free to all on the day. Arranged by KKB and Rothe House gardens.
We also welcome Tanguy de Toulgoët a bee keeper to explain the art of bee keeping. He uses a French system using a vertical divisible hive. The small boxes suits very well the size of the bee cluster especially during the winter. It is a great hive to keep bees naturally. They organise their nest in their own way and the surplus honey is harvested (if any) around August. The honey is stored in the higher boxes. The honey will be pressed or can be eaten in the comb. A full box is always left for the bees for the winter.