NIHBS Membership

2017 annual membership is 25 Euro and includes 4 copies of the Four Seasons magazine.
Join now via Paypal or use your credit card to become a member for the first time or to renew an existing membership.

If you want to renew membership via the membership form, it can be downloaded here
if you want to make a donation to NIHBS at any time you can do it here

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How our very own bees got their buzz back

I asked how each hive came to have its own personality? “It all has to do with the queen,” she explained. “The big thing in beekeeping now is breeding quiet bees. We have a guy in our association, Keith Pierce, who breeds queens. But he’s trying to breed what he calls balcony bees – where the bee is so quiet, you could have them out on your balcony.”

Read more in the Independent

 

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Irish researcher proves native honeybee not extinct after all

“We have found that not only are these black bees a pure form of Apis mellifera mellifera, but they also have markers specific only to Ireland. The vast majority of the DNA samples taken showed greater than 95 per cent purity for Apis mellifera mellifera; the native honeybee for northern Europe and Ireland,” he said. “The study exceeded all our expectations, and has excited beekeepers across the continent. It has belied the myth that there is no native Irish honeybee in existence.”

Read more in the Irish Times

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NIHBS Munster Meeting 11 November

Venue: Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, Co. Cork Sat 11th Nov

Details here: NIHBSMallowMeeting2017

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Jurgen Tautz

Jurgen Tautz will be speaking at the INIB event in NI on Saturday 21st October 2017

agenda- inside

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Selecting for Hygienic behavior in the native bee

Pat Deasy has a project underway in West Waterford

press report

 

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Count Two varroa monitoring project

The mite counts should take place between 12th and 27th August.

An overview of the programme can be found here

 

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Beekeeping in South West Ireland

Nice video from Tim Rowe outlining some of the problems with the weather and the wildflowers

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GBBG + NIHBS (Munster Region) Bee Improvement / Queen Rearing Workshop Sunday 11th June

Galtee Bee Breeding Group + NIHBS (Munster Region)

will hold a Bee Improvement / Queen Rearing Workshop

Sunday 11th June, Registration: 1.30 – 2.00 p.m.

At Galtee Honey Farm, Glengarra Wood, Burncourt, Cahir.

Fee: Members – €5, Non Members – €10

 

 

 

PROGRAMME of Demonstrations by GBBG Experts

Colony Evaluation and Hive Records

Methods of Larval Transfer

Preparing Cell Raising Colonies

Management of Mating Nuclei

Assessing Varroa Infestation

Raffle for Valuable Bee Equipment

Sale of Bee Plants

Tea, Scones and a Chat.

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COLOSS winter losses survey

Please take the time to complete the survey on winter losses.

The annual COLOSS survey on winter colony losses is now available for completion online by clicking the hyperlink  here

Alternatively, it can be completed manually by printing the PDF file here:

Completed survey should be returned to Mary F Coffey, Teagasc, Oakpark Research Centre, Carlow.

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Keep a lookout for the Asian Hornet

There was a nest discovered in England in 2016 and another hornet turned up in central Scotland recently.

Be aware that this pest could also appear in Ireland.

There is information and a guide to identification here

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