Monthly Archives: June 2013

Tullamore visit

The Native Irish Honey Bee Society held another successful visit to John Summerville’s apiary in Tullamore on 23rd June John Summerville, one of Ireland’s leading beekeepers John is known for his quality honey and he has won some of the … Continue reading

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Cavan Beekeepers Queen Rearing Day

Cavan beekeepers organised a very successful queen rearing day at Castle Saunderson Scout centre on 29th June. (click photos for larger images) The state of the art venue The day started at 10.30 with two lectures from NIHBS members PJ … Continue reading

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Shropshire farm imports £10,000 of Italian bees

Let’s hope this is not the shape of things to come. The Scottish Government has also granted £200,000 to the Scottish beefarmers to make good losses with imported bees from various parts of the world. A Shropshire farm has imported … Continue reading

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Gormanston Programme 2013

Monday 22nd July – Friday 26th July Details are now on the FIBKA website

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Dromore Association visit to Galtee BBG Queen Rearing Workshop June 16th

Two poor beekeeping years ending with the longest winter most beekeepers can remember and the subsequent heavy losses of honeybee colonies is not a happy background for any large beekeeping event. Despite all this, there was a huge crowd at … Continue reading

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Wild Honey Bee Mating Keeps Genetic Diversity Alive In The Colony

Just as it had been seen in the closed studies, genetically diverse colonies are stronger, healthier, and more likely to survive through the working season. In colonies where the queen had mated seven or more times, honey bees were 48 … Continue reading

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Radio Kerry interview Ruary Rudd – severe winter losses locally

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Heavy Winter losses in England

Will be interesting to see if we have fared any better in Ireland. Third of all honeybee colonies in England did not survive winter British Beekeepers Association attributes worst losses since survey began to washout summer leading to long winter, … Continue reading

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Wexford puts wildflowers back on the roadside

Irish Times article

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Belfast Queen rearing group photos

Willy Blakely in full charge of a group of beekeepers learning the grafting process Willy Blakely and Stephen Moore working to fill a frame with 20 grafted larvae. A new group member puts his £20 back in his wallet on … Continue reading

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