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.

Latest NIHBS News

World Bee Day

“As World Bee Day approaches what better time to be thinking of declaring support for the Native Irish Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera ‘’  Here at …

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Protect our Native Bee

“On the island of Ireland authentic populations of native Irish dark honey bees, Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm), still exist in the wild and in many beekeepers hives but they are under threat. …

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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 “. …

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Irish Native Rare Breed Society

There is an article about our native bees on page 15 of the current newsletter There is also Native Irish Honeybee information on the Irish …

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AGM 2022

The AGM will take place on Saturday 12th March Reports and information Secretary Report Membership Secretary report Chairperson Report PRO Report Four Seasons Editor’s Report …

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Ireland’s rainforests hiding in plain sight

Imagine if Ireland suddenly discovered an entirely new, and very rare, ecosystem right beneath our noses. It sounds impossible. And yet it is precisely what …

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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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