NIHBS Membership

2016 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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Bee improvement workshops Naas and Sligo

There are two Bee Improvement workshops coming up in early August. Colm O’Neill will hold a workshop on Saturday 6th August at 2.00 p.m. at his home apiary in Naas, Co Kildare. Pat Finnegan will hold a workshop on Sunday, 7th August at 2.00 p.m. in the Sligo/Leitrim area. Full details of venue, etc. will follow.

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National Apiculture Programme 2016-2019

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine invites detailed proposals from suitable research institutions for a scientific programme of work to achieve the objectives of the National Apiculture Programme 2016-2019.

Document below

National Apiculture Programme 2016-2019

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Deise Bee Breeders open day

The Deise Beebreeding Group will be holding a NIHBS open day at Pat Deasy’s home apiary (Just outside Youghal, Co. Cork) on Saturday the 16th of July at 2.00pm

Topics to be covered include:

Managing our native honey bee
Methods and aspects of bee breeding
Using nitrogen to check for hygienic traits

There is a reduced rate for NIHBS members of €5. €10 for non members

Spaces are limited so its advisable to book which can be done on 024 20910

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NUIG wants to bring back the native Irish honey bee

NUIG has joined forces with NIHBS (The Native Irish Honey Bee Society) to breed a strain that will be tolerant to the devastating Varroa Destructor parasite.

Read more in the Connacht Tribune

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Galtee Bee Breeding Group – Bee Improvement Workshop 19 June

IMG_9685Galtee Bee Breeding Group – Bee Improvement Workshops
Hosted by GBBG and Galtee Honey Farm
Glengarra Wood, Burncourt, Cahir
Sunday,19th. June, 2.00 p.m.
Cover Charge: NIHBS Members – €5, Non Members – €10
Programme of Demonstrations
Colony Evaluation and Simple Hive Records
Methods of Larval Transfer
Management of Apidea Mating Nuclei
Cloake Board System of Queen Rearing
Levels of Varroa Assessment Using Sugar Shaker Method

Raffle for Valuable Prizes – Proceeds to NIHBS Research Fund

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Varroa project mite counts

We now have participants for Count 1 from all counties except:  Dublin, Wicklow,  Kilkenny, Longford, Roscommon, Cavan & Fermanagh
It would be great to get data on Varroa from all 32 counties.
Can you help by encouraging a beekeeper from the missing counties to participate in the NIHBS/NUIG Varroa Tolerance Breeding Programme.
This is also a good opportunity to get some of your bees DNA tested.
Full details here

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Varroa count demonstration Tullamore 15 May

Varroa Tolerance Breeding Programme:
Keith Browne of NUIG, will give a demonstration on the sugar shaker method of counting mites and will give a talk on the breeding programme in Tullamore on 15th May at 1.00 p.m.

Venue:  OBKA apiary at Charleville Estate, Birr Road, Tullamore.
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The bees are returned alive and well to their hive

The bees are returned alive and well to their hive

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COLOSS survey on winter colony losses

The annual COLOSS survey on winter colony losses is now available for completion online

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.
Closing date is 1 June 2016
Please participate…Thank you

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The Dublin Honey Project

The Dublin Honey Project: Generating a buzz about the sweetness of urban beekeeping
As well as producing distinctive and highly prized urban honey, the Dublin Honey Project is spreading the word about the lost art of beekeeping

Read more in the Irish Independent

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Product of the Year

Produced using native Irish Black Bees gathering nectar from a huge variety of flora from three counties, it is a complex affair, a deep golden amber with a taste profile to match, robust toffees and caramels that dissolve into grace notes of clover and blackberry.

Read more in the Irish Examiner

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