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
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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.

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Support our pollinators

An Open Message to all TDs and Senators
DSCF3132loresWe The Native Irish Honey Bee Society ask on behalf of all Pollinators, not to pass legislation contained in the Heritage Bill section 8-1 and 8-2 Part 3 wildlife section of the bill which will be before The Senate on Thursday the 2nd of march. Pollinator insects emerge from hibernation in March and depend on a good pollen source for their well being. In August the pollinator needs a good source of pollen for winter hibernation. By bringing the date to the end of March and 1st August will have a detrimental affect on all pollinators, who are already under stress with a dwindling supply of Flora. Pollinators are a vital part of our Bio Diversity and food production. Pollinators are estimated to add 53 million to the economy annually ( Bio Diversity Centre). We depend on you for the generations to come not to allow a change to the present legislation.

The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (Apis mellifera mellifera) was established in 2012 to preserve our Native Honey bee as one of the Islands great Pollinators. We are an all Ireland body with members in all counties of Ireland.

These are the two sections that should not be implemented

AN BILLE OIDHREACHTA, 2016
HERITAGE BILL 2016

PART 3 WILDLIFE
7. Definitions (Part 3)
8. Destruction or burning of vegetation on uncultivated land
9. Exclusion of Inland Fisheries Ireland from application of section 40 of Act of 1976 10. Powers of authorised persons
11. Penalties and fixed payment notice
Destruction or burning of vegetation on uncultivated land
8. (1) Notwithstanding section 40 (as amended by section 46 of the Act of 2000) of the Act 30 of 1976, the Minister may make regulations, in relation to land referred to in that section, to allow the burning of vegetation during such period or periods during the month of March of such year in such part or parts of the State as specified in the regulations, subject to such conditions or restrictions specified in the regulations to ensure the protection of fauna or flora. 35
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(2) Notwithstanding section 40 of the Act of 1976, a person who owns or holds land referred to in that section, may, during the month of August, undertake the cutting, grubbing or destroying otherwise of vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch on the land, subject to such conditions or restrictions specified in regulations made by the Minister in relation to hedgerow husbandry, management or maintenance to protect 5 fauna or flora.

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NIHBS Conference Athlone 10th-11th February

Don’t miss out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/203401883459321/

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