Native Irish Honey Bee Society

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“The Native Irish Honey Bee, Apis mellifera melliferafocuses exclusively on the native Irish honey bee, featuring narratives on its evolution, genetics, history and conservation, with practical “How-to” sections on bee improvement, plus real-life stories from commercial beekeepers. Its aims are to increase awareness of and appreciation for the precious resources imbued in the native black honey bee, to encourage beekeepers to choose native Irish honey bees and to discourage the buying and importation of non-native honey bees.

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NIHBS members – new and old

Welcome to the Native Irish Honeybee Society! You can join us or renew your membership here We are delighted to have you as a member …

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Andrew Abrahams zoom talk

Tuesday 11th January North Kildare Bee Keepers Association (NKBKA) & The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS) are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. …

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The Protection of The Native Irish Honey Bee

https://fb.watch/9X6iDgdrkC/   Delighted to announce the introduction of my proposed legislation today, The Protection of the Native Irish Honey Bee Bill 2021 Vincent. P. Martin …

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Sample letter for your local TD or Senator

NIHBS-Letter-re-Bill 24122021 plain text. If you are passionate about protecting our Native Irish Honeybee you may wish to write to your local TD or Senator …

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About NIHBS

The Native Irish Honey Bee Society was established to promote the conservation of Apis mellifera mellifera throughout the island of Ireland. The Society strives to raise public awareness of our native honey bee and its importance, and acts in an advisory capacity to groups and individuals wishing to promote and preserve it.

What Our Native Honey Bee Looks Like

Apis mellifera mellifera (aka European dark bee) can be distinguished from other subspecies by its stocky body, overall dark coloration, plus abundant thoracic and sparse abdominal hair, which is brown. There can be heavy dark pigmentation of the wings. Overall, when viewed from a distance, these bees should appear blackish or rich dark brown.

Bee Improvement

As part of our conservation mission, NIHBS advocates that Irish beekeepers buy native bees. To that end, NIHBS is affiliated with multiple bee breeding groups located around the country. Find out more about them by clicking the button below.

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