Native Irish Honey Bee Society – Apis mellifera mellifera

Native Irish Honey Bee Society
Apis mellifera mellifera


Why Join NIHBS?
By joining NIHBS, you will be helping to support the Native Irish Honeybee

Use this button to become a member for the first time or renew an existing membership.

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Membership will entitle you to:

    • –     A quarterly colour magazine with topical information on Irish beekeeping

(The Four Seasons)

  • –     Information on beekeeping events around Ireland – North and South
  • –     queen rearing workshops, talks and lectures.
  • –     Information on how to obtain Native Honey Bees
  • –     Conference discounts
  • –     Discounted entrance fees to events run by NIHBS
  • –     Eligibility to schemes coordinated by NIHBS
  • –     A network of beekeepers interested in our native honeybee

Please download the membership form below and post it to NIHBS with a cheque or join NIHBS using the Paypal button below.

Membership costs 25 Euro (ROI) or 25 Pounds (NI)

Membership form 2020

..or set up a standing order from your bank

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29 Responses

    1. Dear James,

      Thank you for your message and the very kind offer of the use of your apiary.

      Apologies for taking so long to get back to you. Since the formation of NIHBS in November, we’ve had a very busy time trying to get things up and running. There are certain parts of the country where we could do with more help and support. Where are you based?

      Best Regards

      Aoife NicGiollaCoda
      Native Irish Honey Bee Society

  1. At your education day in Athlone earlier this year I paid my membership fee. I have heard nothing since neither have I received any copy of The Four Seasons magazine.I await your reply

    1. The 4 seasons is late going out as there has been a change of editor. I’ll check with the membership sec to see if she has your details.

      1. I checked with Mary and she had your name down as a member ok but has no other contact details.
        I forwarded your email address so she should be contacting you.

  2. Does your membership run on the calendar year, or for one year from joining? If I join now will my membership expire at the end of 2016, in mid-November 2017 or at the end of 2017?
    With thanks

    PS No need to post this on the website unless it might help others interested.

    1. Hi Dave. It runs to the calendar year but I am pretty sure if you join now that membership will run to the end of 2017. It worked like that for late joiners in previous years. I’ll check with Mary Hyland the membership sec.

  3. I had some lovely blank greeting cards from NIHBS and am wondering where/how I can get some more. They had lovely pictures of the bees on front and were in packs of four.

  4. Hi,
    I’m organising a program of spring talks for Beachairí Corca Dhuibhne here in Dingle and we would like to get a representative from NIHB to give a talk.
    Míle buíochas Tadhg Leahy here

  5. Hello,

    I am looking for a source for native bees in the Shinrone (Birr-Roscrea) area – I had two overwintered nucs to be collected last weekend, but they were up in Dublin and, with the lockdown, the producer just sold them to someone local who could actually pick them up (understandable).

    Any help would be most gratefully appreciated – our hives are ready, our orchards are blooming, now we just need the bees! – Stephan Grundy

  6. Hello,
    Ii paid my members for this year back in Feb and to date I have not received an issue of the Four Seasons
    I would be grateful if you could check my address details.
    Keep up the good work
    Tony Conaghy

  7. I recently paid my membership, but I wasn’t asked for my address. This is my address for magazine
    Sean Lowry
    Shannon bridge

  8. I am honored to be a member of the NIHBS and closely follow the issues of our bee friends. Here, in Italy, there are many problems related to parasites, Varroa and the intensive use of pesticides which is decimating the colonies.
    I strongly believe that keeping the native bees on Irish territory is vital to maintain a biodiversity that has adapted well over the centuries on the Emerald Isle.
    Currently, the Asian wasp also affects the life of the colonies in many Italian regions. A lot of efforts are needed and to fight it and a lot of attention must be paid so that it does not spread even further north in Europe.
    I follow you and it will be my care to keep you updated on any positive or negative situation that may affect the life of our bees and not only, ourselves.
    Good job.

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