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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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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REVIEW INTO OPTIONS FOR RESTOCKING HONEY BEE COLONIES IN SCOTLAND

Read the full report

Lots of relevant stuff here re. queen rearing and native bees in Scotland.

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The bad weather of last summer and autumn was bad news for bees

This autumn and winter was rough on bees and many beekeepers are opening hives to find their bees have died out.

Read more in the Irish Examiner

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UBKA conference starts tomorrow Fri 11th March

If anyone is attending the UBKA conference at Greenmount Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March please call by the Native Irish Honey Bee Society stand to renew your membership or join up to receive quarterly issues of The Four Seasons magazine.
Should be a great conference with Tom Seeley as the keynote speaker. Lots of trade stands as well.
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