NIHBS Membership

2020 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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NIHBS Munster seminar 2020

Munster Seminar 2020

Honey Bee Improvement Seminar

Saturday, 7th March 2020

Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary (Exit 11, M8)

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Mayo queen rearing and bee improvement day 14th July

Bee Improvement and Queen Rearing Workshop
Time: Sunday 14th July at 2pm
Address: Bonniconlon, Co. Mayo
(about 6 miles from Ballina on the Tubbercurry side)
Eircode: F26 T257 in Google maps should bring you right to the door

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Donegal queen rearing and bee improvement day 14 July

Three Rivers Beekeepers Association

Bee Improvement Workshop
Venue: An Earagail Apiary, Dunlewey, on Sunday 14th July starts 2pm.
Dunlewey, Gweedore, Co Donegal, eircode F92Y3X4 in Google maps should bring you right to the door.
From Letterkenny take the N56 through Kilmacrenan, tp Termon, then take a left onto R255 past Glenveagh National Park into the village of Dunlewey just under Errigal Mountain, take the first left after the filling station and the next left after the speed limit signs.
Following the NIHBS signs and ample parking is available.
Donegal Bee Supplies will be on site for all your bee equipment needs.

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Connemara queen rearing and bee improvement day

Venue: Sean Osborne’s apiary

Aircode  H91NXN5, Carrowmoreknock Moycullen Co Galway
Start Time 2.00PM Sunday 7th July

Proper bee suit protection must be worn

New gloves must be used / worn , to help prevent spread of any disease

Regards, Sean Osborne

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Queen Rearing and bee improvement day Naas -30th June

Venue:  – Colm ONeill’s apiary, Naas, Sunday 30th June starts at 2.30.

Ladytown, Naas. W91 THF8

Look out for the ‘NIHBS Bee signs’ from the ‘Bundle Of Sticks’ Roundabout

The M7 upgrade works are ongoing in the area, with an enforced speed limit of 60KM
Parking will be on one side of the road only to allow for local access.

Thomas Ellis, Donegal Bees, will be there on the day if you need to stock up on any bee related equipment

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Tullamore bee improvement day success

The Bee Improvement Workshop held in Tullamore was a great success.
72 people attended and thankfully the rain held off until the end .
There was a large group from Galway with many others having travelled from Donegal, Wicklow, Cork, Clare, Meath, Dublin, Kildare, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly.
There was a tremendous input from NIHBS committee in the organisation of the event
Imelda, did the registration and together with Pauline they got four new members and collected 430 Euro for the NIHBS Research fund.
Colm & Imelda put up the Gazebo which provided welcome shelter while we had the cup of tea.
Tom Ellis, Donegal Bees set up near the apiary and he kindly donated a prize of a Nuc.
The lucky winner was John Flynn.
Thanks to everyone who helped out.
John Summerville
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Nihbs bee improvement days

Queen Rearing & Bee Improvement Workshops:-
09/06/19, Sunday – Galtee Honey Farm in conjunction with GBBG, 2 – 5 p.m.
16/06/19, Sunday – John Summerville’s apiary, Tullamore.
30/06/19, Sunday – Colm ONeill’s apiary, Naas, starts at 2.30.
07/07/19, Sunday – Sean Osborne’s apiary, Connemara
14/07/19, Sunday, – Donegal
14/07/19, Sunday, – Mayo in conjunction with the Mayo Beekeeping Association in Ballyhaunis. 
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GBBG/NIHBS workshop day 9 June

Just a reminder that the GBBG/NIHBS workshop day will be held next Sunday 9th. June from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. at Glengarra Wood this is a most worthwhile afternoon where you can meet beekeepers and learning to improve your beekeeping skills

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Ireland’s wild Honey bees

Ireland’s wild honey bees are defying the odds, and experts want to know why. Citizen scientists have been asked to participate in a new online survey to record sightings of the distinctive northern black “free living” bee.

There is only one native wild honeybee among the 99 species of bee in Ireland, and scientists at NUI Galway and Limerick Institute of Technology confirmed two years ago that it is not extinct.

Read more in the Irish Examiner


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Sicamm Conference September 2020

Expressions of Interest are invited for presentations to

The 2020 SICAMM Conference

Societas Internationalis pro Conservatione Apis melliferae melliferae

To be held in Ireland, 4th – 6th September 2020

SICAMM/NIHBS 2020 Conference

‘Going Native – the Potential of the Black Bee’

Organised and hosted by The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS) –

SICAMM is the international association for the protection of the European dark bee –

Venue:- Athlone Springs Hotel, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 F9T3, email –  

Athlone is in the centre of Ireland – for some of the many local attractions

Preliminary details:-

Presentations will generally be 30 minutes in length – abstracts must be sent in advance.   For students or those who do not wish to present in English, Posters can be put up in the conference room.

As well as the conference talks, there will be excursions to see Native Irish Black Bees, a workshop on DNA testing and a practical demonstration of the ancient art of Skep making. 

There will be a Céad Míle Fáilte (an Irish greeting meaning ‘A hundred thousand welcomes’) for everyone at our traditional ‘Céilí’ one evening, and opportunities to chat and mingle during the conference dinner another evening.

In the first instance please contact myself to register your interest –  Booking forms will be available from September 2019 with ‘Early Bird’ rates available until March 2020. 

Local excursions of general interest will be organised for accompanying partners.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Ireland. 

Loretta Neary

Honorary Secretary
The Native Irish Honey Bee Society

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