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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Birds, Bees & Trees Feb 8th and 9th

Free Event National Museum of Ireland Explore biodiversity and nature this February 08 February 2020, to 09 February 2020, Turlough Park (Country Life). Spring into …

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NIHBS Munster seminar 2020

Munster Seminar 2020 Honey Bee Improvement Seminar Saturday, 7th March 2020 Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary (Exit 11, M8)

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Mayo queen rearing and bee improvement day 14th July

Bee Improvement and Queen Rearing Workshop Time: Sunday 14th July at 2pm Address: Bonniconlon, Co. Mayo (about 6 miles from Ballina on the Tubbercurry side) …

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Donegal queen rearing and bee improvement day 14 July

Three Rivers Beekeepers Association Bee Improvement Workshop Venue: An Earagail Apiary, Dunlewey, on Sunday 14th July starts 2pm. Dunlewey, Gweedore, Co Donegal, eircode F92Y3X4 in …

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Connemara queen rearing and bee improvement day

Venue: Sean Osborne’s apiary Aircode  H91NXN5, Carrowmoreknock Moycullen Co Galway Start Time 2.00PM Sunday 7th July Proper bee suit protection must be worn New gloves …

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Queen Rearing and bee improvement day Naas -30th June

Venue:  – Colm ONeill’s apiary, Naas, Sunday 30th June starts at 2.30. Ladytown, Naas. W91 THF8 Look out for the ‘NIHBS Bee signs’ from the ‘Bundle Of …

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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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