Monthly Archives: March 2015

Who is winning the PR battle over neonicotinoids?

That ideological difference is fundamentally about the risk neonicotinoids pose to the environment, with some environmentalists fearing they could wipe out bees entirely, while agrichemical companies say their responsible use is harmless and stoke fears about food security and the … Continue reading

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Beekeeping is alive and buzzing in Mayo clubs

Anyone who has ever wondered about beekeeping and how to get involved may well be interested in an upcoming two-day beginner course from the Westport Beekeepers Association this April 11 and 12. Read more in the Mayo Advertiser.

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Bee foraging well underway

The month of March is both dreaded and looked forward to in equal measure by beekeepers all over Ireland, says Ethel Irvine from Fermanagh Beekeepers Association. Read more  

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Protected status for Manx Bees

Formal disease-free status for bees a boost for Island The European Union has declared the Isle of Man officially free of the bee pest Varroa – an announcement that provides an important economic and environmental boost. Read more via the … Continue reading

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Gliondar programme with Micheál Mac

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Ulster NIHBS group

The Ulster NIHBS group will be meeting up on Saturday 21st March at the UBKA conference at Greenmount, Co. Antrim. The main focus of our activities will be to coordinate the various queen rearing groups working with the Native Irish … Continue reading

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40 Ways to go green

1. Keep Bees The native Irish bee no longer exists in the wild. It is depending on us if it is to survive the onslaught of the varroa destructor mite. Enrol on a reputable beekeeping course and tend a hive, … Continue reading

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Munster NIHBS Seminar Sat 25 April

Hibernian Hotel Mallow, Co. Cork Click link below for flyer NIHBSApril2015  

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New Irish Bumblebee Identification Guide available

Dear all, Just a few updates from the Irish Pollinator Initiative: On 17th February we had a symposium to introduce the draft All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. Pdfs of these talks are now available on the website http://pollinators.biodiversityireland.ie/events/   See our events page for … Continue reading

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CSI Pollen Project

CSI pollen project – become actively involved CSI pollen (Citizen Scientist Investigation) is an international project (COLOSS) seeking the help of Irish beekeepers to collect data on the diversity of pollen collect by honeybees in Ireland. The nutritional value of … Continue reading

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