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Note: The full range of the new NIHBS Information Leaflets and Booklets will be available for sale on the day.
In addition, Paul O’Sullivan of Bee Supplies will attend with some beekeeping supplies – if you wish to order in advance please contact Paul directly.
Everyone welcome – looking forward to seeing you there.
Athy Church of Ireland Centre is located behind St. Michael’s Church of Ireland Church on the Carlow Road, Athy, Co. Kildare.
From Dublin: Take the N7/M7 to the south from the Red Cow Junction.
Turn off at the M9 junction to Waterford.
Take the 2nd exit, signed N78, to Athy.
From South East: Travel North on M9 to Athy / N78 Junction. Take N78 to Athy.
Local Directions, coming from M9.
Follow signs to Athy town centre.
Turn left onto Carlow Road at 3rd set of traffic lights (Xtra Vision on right)
Drive 250m up Carlow Road, turn right before Church of Ireland Church, centre car park on left.Additional parking at the railway station, Emily square or the surrounding streets
Since 2015, Ireland has an All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) in place. This was one of the first cross-sector attempts by any country to arrest the decline in pollinators.
Read more in the Irish Times
This will take place on Saturday 14th April in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow
Speakers include Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda, Jack Hassett, Redmond Williams, Michael Maunsell and Dennis Ryan.
Full details here
Scottish Native Honey Bee Society
Annual Meeting – Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross
Saturday 17 March 2018 at 10:00-16:00
Per Kryger, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Per is a Danish scientist working in the SMARTBEES and other projects. He will give us an update on progress exploring genetic variation in honey bees and on the tools becoming available for breeders.
Jon Getty, Native Irish Honey Bee Society.
Jon is secretary of the Belfast Beekeepers Association and the webmaster of NIHBS. He will share his extensive knowledge of queen rearing and the use of mini-nuclei.
Ian Lennox, Coordinator of the new project on assessing the status of native honey bees in Scotland.
Ian will report on the activities of a newly formed group to support this project and on the progress expected in 2018.
Report from the Chair on SNHBS activities since the launch and a look ahead to 2018 and beyond.
Financial report; Members’ forum; Changes to the Constitution; Election of the new board.
The meeting is open to members. Anyone interested can join the society for £20 at www.snhbs.scot
A buffet lunch will be available at £7.50 for people registering their interest by 10 March via the Eventbrite link at the website above.
Conference starts this Friday 9th February with talks by Ralph Buchler and Jonathan Getty.
5.00 p.m. Registration
6.00 p.m. Dr. Ralph Büchler – Organisation and breeding program of the German breeder association AGT.
7.00 p.m. Jonathan Getty – Setting up a Queen Rearing Group
7.45 p.m. – The Reverend Sam Millar Award
No need to pre book, just turn up.
Full list of speakers for Friday and Saturday can be found here
Mark Newenham of Coolmore Bees will be outlining his queen rearing method at 2.30 on the afternoon of Saturday 10th February.
venue: Athlone Springs Hotel
‘Coolmore bees started back in 2005 with the original stock consisting of every bee under the sun. However it soon became clear that we needed to start breeding a bee that was adapted to the Irish climate, and subsequently a queen rearing method that could be used in all weather. After many failed attempts, we came up with the “slot system” of continuous queen rearing that allowed us to raise queens with minimal intervention to the hive.
After mite tolerance to many synthetic pyrethroids hit, we looked into breeding for Varroa tolerance and obtained stock from a local organic beekeeper who used little or no treatment. This lack of treatment was kept up until about 2015 until we were forced to start using chemical control methods (in the form of organic acids) again due to major colony losses. Although this was a major setback to our programme, we are continuing to breed for a hygienic and productive honeybee.’
Jack Hassett, who is pursing his doctorate at Limerick Institute of Technology, will be giving an update on his DNA analysis of the native bee population throughout the island of Ireland on the morning of Saturday 10th February. NIHBS has been part funding this work for several years.
Jack who is from Thurles, Tipperary, sampled 300 hives from 80 sites.
Watch out for his paper on the Irish bee population which is through peer review and will be published shortly in the IBRA Journal, The Journal of Apicultural Research.