NIHBS Membership

2018 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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Galway Beekeeper’s invitation to Bee na G

Galway Beekeepers’ Association / Cumman Beachairí na Gaillimhe will be hosting several speakers and microscopy workshops as part of our Bee na G convention in the Connacht Hotel in Galway City on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2018.
We would like to invite any interested members of NIHBS to attend on the occasion; and we hope NIHBS could occupy one of our promotion areas. We would also appreciate if you could spread the word amongst your members of this interesting event.
The following are the relevant links for information about the event

Bee na G Speakers

Gearóid Ó Fathaigh


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Western Beekeepers in association with Zoology NUIG, Autumn Lectures 2018

A most interesting day of lectures on the honey bee and beekeeping. Our guest speaker is Mrs Celia Davis. Celia has a degree in Agriculture, was a Biology Teacher and Lecturer and began keeping bees in 1980. She passed all the BBKA beekeeping examinations, winning both the Robert Hammond award and the Wax Chandler prize before gaining her National Diploma in Beekeeping in 1994.

Sat 22 September 2018

10:30 – 18:30

Martin Ryan annex MRA201 Building

National University of Ireland Galway

University Road


Book here

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SICAMM conference report

NIHBS was represented at the recent Sicamm conference in Finland by Helen Mooney and Peter Neary

NIHBS will be hosting the 2020 conference in Ireland

A detailed report of the conference is available here

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SICAMM conference Abstracts

Abstracts from the conference are available here


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Connemara workshop Sunday 1st July

A Bee Improvement workshop will be held in Sean Osborne’s (near Moycullen) apiary on Sunday 1st July.
We will also include a beginners section so all beginners welcome.
Bring your beesuit and gloves as many hives may be opened for long periods.
Time 2 pm  Sunday 1 July
Directions;  From Galway, on the N59 about a mile out from Moycullen take a right for
Keep an eye out for the bee signs

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Bee improvement day Naas Sunday 8th July

Bee Improvement Workshop on Sunday 8th July at 2:00pm


Venue: Apiary at Ladytown, Naas, Co. Kildare


Entry:  €5  – in aid of NIHBS Bee Research Fund


Email for directions:

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Voluntary conservation areas

Several local associations have already made a voluntary declaration to work exclusively with our native Irish honeybee.

Derry and district BKA last night voted to become a voluntary conservation area for Amm. Other groups to have done the same this year are; Co Offlay BKA, North Kildare BKA,  South Kildare BKA  and South Laois BKA.

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John Summerville bee improvement workshop 17th June

John Summerville is holding a Bee Improvement workshop on Sunday 17th June at 2.00 p.m.
Venue:  Apiary at Clonminch, Tullamore.
Email for directions

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Nucs and volunteers wanted for bee health project

Eleanor Attridge FIBKA Bee Health Officer – URGENT 48 Stocks of bees wanted for research project. 

1. Right now we need beekeepers to come forward and supply 48 stocks of bees ( nucs made up now with AMM bees, disease free , and on new frames should be ready by 1 March 2019 ) , we are looking for ten beekeepers to come forward to produce these colonies. All colonies will be equalised for the start of the 2018/19 Winter oilseed rape season. Due to the high winter losses some of you experienced last winter we would like to spread out our source of bees so that Ireland can start at the same time as the other partners in the project.

2. We are looking for 8 beekeepers to come forward that would normally have their hives on winter oilseed rape and would be happy to have a few of these hives in the field near their own along with a stock of bumble bees.

3. We are looking for 8 beekeepers who normally either permanently have their bees in an orchard or move them in and out on a commercial basis for pollination to come forward , that would be happy to have a few extra hives in that orchard , along with a stock of bumblebees.

Please note that in order to eliminate huge travel bills that the locations will need to be within a certain distance of each other. I am very aware that winter oilseed rape is in a three crop rotation and is prone to moving each year as a result, however the orchards stay in the one place. I am also painfully aware that there was very little winter oilseed rape sown in autumn 2017 , however with the current price of oil creeping higher , there may be more of it going in this September.

This project will run until end 2020 as far as the beekeepers are concerned and during that time a student will be on the road taking some samples of bees brood comb etc . They will also be monitoring the bumble bees on a regular basis for whatever the project requires , it might be brood this week , bees the next visit to see what virus’s they carry etc. Each country does the same thing in the same rotation. Those samples will then head off to labs in Germany and France for further analysis and then some of the partners in the other countries will be comparing the samples from the various readings obtained to compare the bee-health of the Irish stocks against the bee-health of those in similar conditions in other countries.

Trinity are currently advertising for two people, one a PhD student to help take the samples at the various locations and one a Post-doctoral researcher to coordinate the project and translate the documentation from Ireland to suit the other European partners, so keep an eye on their website if it is something that interests you or a member of your family.
For those of you interested in supplying stocks, by making up nucs now or would be happy to have three extra stocks in alongside your own for the duration of the project, (two years of beekeeping) drop me an email and I will give you further information. For once, Irish beekeepers have an input into Irish Honeybee research and they are being paid to supply the stocks.

This is a great achievement for the Irish beekeepers and the information when it is all dissected and put together will be invaluable for the bee-health committee and our Irish beekeepers in years to come. The funding for this project comes from Horizon2020. If you are interested in either supplying honey-bees, or having the stocks in near your own, please drop me an email to


Eleanor Attridge FIBKA Bee Health Officer 0872541517

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Galtee Bee Breeding Group workshop 10th June

Workshop in Bee Improvement and Queen Rearing on Sunday 10th June,   at Glengarra Wood, Burncourt, Co. Tipperary  
Workshops on various aspects of honey bee improvement and queen rearing
Registration at 2.00 p.m. 
Members of GBBG and NIHBS – €5; 
Non members €10. 
Tea and scones at 5.00 p.m. 
Raffle for valuable prizes in aid of NIHBS bee research fund.

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