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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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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Project Officer Vacancy All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Please see below details of a Project Officer Vacancy at the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.

Dear Pollinator Plan partner,

Our project officer Dr Erin Jo Tiedeken has been offered a job back in the US and is leaving us in a few weeks. We have made huge progress over the last 12 months. This is largely due to the skill and professionalism Erin Jo has brought to the role and we will miss her enormously.

The support and enthusiasm for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is massive and continues to grow. The project officer position is absolutely crucial in implementation and we are extremely grateful to the Heritage Council and Bord Bia for providing the funding that makes it possible. We are coordinating ever increasing numbers of organisations, businesses and individuals who are all taking action for pollinators. We hope to refill the project officer position as soon as possible to continue this momentum.

In the interim, I will oversee as best I can but it will be a number of months before we are back at full capacity and able to provide day-to-day public support. As partners please feel free to contact me personally on anything that you need to.

The position is re-advertised here: http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/job-announcement-project-officer-ireland-pollinator-plan/ If you could distribute this through your own channels we would be very grateful

All the best
Úna
Dr Úna FitzPatrick
Project co-ordinator: All-Ireland Pollinator Plan National Biodiversity Data Centre 051-306240 www.biodiversityireland.ie/pollinator-plan

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Scottish Native Honey Bee Society

This new organisation held its inaugural meeting on Saturday 1st April.
NIHBS will be a strong supporter of their work with Apis mellifera mellifera in Scotland.

There is a brief report here

 

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Munster Seminar Mallow Saturday 8th April

See Details here

 

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Prizewinners from NIHBS Athlone Conference

Click here to see the list of prizewinners

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Irish Times letter about hedgerow destruction

Sir, – Today the Heritage Bill will be debated in Seanad Éireann. Introduced by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys, the Bill proposes to permit “the cutting, grubbing and otherwise destroying” of hedgerows in August each year and burning in the uplands during the month of March.

Click here for more

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