Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bees swarm to north Down coast

Beekeepers have been called to the County Down seaside town after swarms of bees settled on a car and the wall of a house. One unsuspecting motorist got more than they bargained for when they parked their car only to … Continue reading

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Swarming

There were a huge number of swarms yesterday and it will probably be the same today and tomorrow due to warm weather creating perfect conditions. Swarms are a real nuisance to the non-beekeeping general public so make sure to clip … Continue reading

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Training day in Kerry

The Iveragh Native Irish honeybee Consevation Group, are hosting a training afternoon on Wed. 21st May 2014. The venue is Fermoyle Castle and commencement will be at 03.00pm. The subjects covered will include the selection of colonies for breeding, the … Continue reading

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Killinchy Beekeeper makes old style CDB hives

Billy Miller, Killinchy beekeeper and native bee enthusiast has made 12 Cedar CDB hives from a 100 year old cedar tree from Co Wicklow, victim of the recent winter storms. This hand made hive is a real work of art. … Continue reading

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Bluebell Surprise

Bluebells are important early flowers for bees, hoverflies and butterflies, which feed on the nectar. However, bees are able to ‘steal’ nectar from bluebells by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell, allowing them to reach the nectar … Continue reading

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Fallen trees in Limerick park turned into works of art

Limerick City and County Council executive engineer Tara Flanagan said: “David Murphy, our parks supervisor, thought it would be a great idea to commemorate the Bee Bee tree, which we all really loved, as did members of the public. So … Continue reading

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You can’t put a price on nature

One ecosystem service in Ireland whose economic value has been calculated is pollination. “We have calculated that there is a 30 per cent reduction in the yield of oil-seed rape without pollinators, principally bees,” says Dr Jane Stout, director of … Continue reading

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Bee Improvement Training Days – Munster Area

Updated on 1st. May 2014 GBBG (Glengarra Wood, Burncourt, Co. Tipperary) – 17th. May – upskilling local beekeepers (confined). Contact Aoife – 087 6743030. Deise Breeding Group (Youghal,Co. Waterford) – 18th. May (confined). Contact Pat Deasy – 024 20910. Limerick … Continue reading

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Varroa monitoring shakers

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Native queen and nuc suppliers in Ireland

Click here for contact details of those providing queens and nucs.

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