Native Irish Honey Bee Society – Apis mellifera mellifera

Native Irish Honey Bee Society
Apis mellifera mellifera

New NIHBS Conservation Area Officer

New Committee Role Appointment

At the last NIHBS AGM held on 12/03/2022 a new Committee post was created to be known as ” Conservation Area Officer “. The role of the Conservation Area Officer will be to become a focus for contact, within NIHBS, for all things Conservation Areas and will….

  • support the work of the existing Conservation Areas 
  • assist in compiling ” how-to” guidance for those wishing to declare conservation areas
  • create frameworks to encourage interactions between NIHBS, local & national governments, bee Associations and other enterprises who support the safe future and proper recognition of our Native Black bee
  • Communicate the progress of Conservation Areas through the NIHBS website, Four Seasons, social media, Newsletters  and other means
  • nurture the links and relationships between Queen raising groups and Conservation Areas
  • be the point of contact for the Conservation Area signage
  • communicate with the Department of Agriculture to promote respect and recognition for Amm protection

John Greenaway was the person elected to the new role. John is a keen beekeeper who lives on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry and he is a member, and currently Secretary, of the Kingdom Beekeepers Association. John recently participated in the NIHBS Queen raising group presentations along with fifteen other KBKA members.  He hopes to create the circumstances by which Conservation Areas and our iconic native bee can go from strength to strength. 
You can contact John on He’s keen to hear from you. 

” The genetic integrity of the black bee population in Ireland is the envy of black bee breeders across Europe. Ideally, our entire country should become a special area of conservation”  Helen Mooney in “The Native Irish Honey Bee, Apis Mellifera Mellifera”

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