Monthly Archives: October 2013

The honey and the ivy – why gardeners’ foe is the bees’ friend

Ivy, often maligned as a garden pest, is vital to honey bees and other pollinators seeking food in autumn, research from the University of Sussex reveals. Read more

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Bees contribute €4m to the economy – TCD research

Bees contribute almost €4 million to the Irish economy each year by helping to pollinate rapeseed. The crop is pollinated by wind, but Irish researchers have for the first time shown that the transfer of pollen by bees flower-to-flower does … Continue reading

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Bibba/SICAMM conference September 2014

BIBBA 50th Anniversary Conference & SICAMM Biennial Conference 2014 BIBBA (Bee Improvement & Bee Breeders’ Association) & SICAMM (Societas Internationalis pro Conservatione Apis melliferae melliferae) Friday, 26 September 2014 – 28 September 2014 Llangollen, United Kingdom. Information and registration here

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New Native Irish Honeybee labels

These can be ordered here

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Town minister wins award for hive picture

After just two years of being an apiarist, a local Presbyterian minister has won a top award for a picture of the inside of her hive, illustrating the ‘Stages of Life’ of her bees. Read more in the Portadown Times.

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Points avoided by farmer who was speeding ‘because bees were attacking livestock’

Hurrying to a farm “because bees were attacking livestock”, running late for a religious ceremony and being late for a swimming lesson were among the reasons given by speeding drivers who had their penalty points cancelled in 2011 and 2012. … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland has a fantastic and diverse range of honey products

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to visit many beekeepers over the years and been privileged to witness the spectacular activity of bees making honey. A bee will travel about 15 miles an hour to gather nectar and a … Continue reading

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