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About Jonathan Getty

Jonathan Getty is a member of the Belfast & District branch of the Ulster Beekeepers Association and is at least a fourth generation beekeeper in the Getty family. His main beekeeping interest is queen rearing based on our native bee Apis mellifera mellifera. He started up the Belfast Minnowburn queenrearing group several years ago and it now has about 50 active members. He also manages about 30-40 colonies of his own. Jonathan holds a BSc Hons in Psychology from Queens University Belfast and gained a postgraduate teaching qualification at Stranmillis Training College. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

2017 orders

I am taking orders now for June delivery Order here

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last few queens available

The second half of August has been great for queen mating so I will have a few queens available into September.

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Posting dates for queens

Check here for an estimated posting date. If you have already ordered I should be able to post on Tuesday 30th August.

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We have had 3 weeks of cool wet and windy weather since 10th June which has slowed down queen mating. Very few sunny afternoons of late. I have 170 Apideas set out now.

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Over 50 apideas set out with virgin queens now and hope to do another 50 this week. Beautiful weather today so hopefully a few queens have already taken mating flights.

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First queens emerged 2016

The first batch of grafted queens emerged in the incubator this morning. Hopefully these will mate soon and be ready to go by the middle of June. I will be posting them out in the order they were paid for. … Continue reading

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Bee swarm collection Belfast

If you have a swarm in your garden in the greater Belfast area please get in touch and I will remove it if possible. Please attach a picture of the swarm so that I can verify they are honeybees and … Continue reading

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booking queens

I have quite a number of orders in now and I will try and get these queens posted by the end of June, weather permitting. If you are ordering a queen from this point onwards, it will probably be early … Continue reading

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Native queens available for June

I should have queens available by the end of June, weather permitting, and am taking orders now. I graft all the queens myself from my own Amm stock.

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Native Queen bees can be contacted via its Facebook page

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