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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Dark bee conservation area in Laesoe, Denmark – Carl-Johan Junge, Sven Branner and Asger Søgaard Jørgensen (summer 2009)

For many years, beekeepers on the small Danish Island of Laesoe (114 km2) have been aware that they have very special bees. Morphometric studies showed …

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Skep beekeeping – Jane Sellers (summer 2009)

A Brief History The straw skep is a familiar part of the beekeeper’s equipment. Nowadays, it is used primarily to gather summer swarms or winter …

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Queen introduction – various (summer 2009)

FROM THE FOUR CORNERS In this issue, I asked a number of our more experienced members to put on paper their thoughts about the topic …

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Seeing Bees’ Eggs – Dave Cushman (summer 2009)

I often hear the comment that individuals cannot see eggs in comb. A trip to the optician is called for, because normal eyesight, or properly …

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Shropshire farm imports £10,000 of Italian bees

Let’s hope this is not the shape of things to come. The Scottish Government has also granted £200,000 to the Scottish beefarmers to make good …

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Gormanston Programme 2013

Monday 22nd July – Friday 26th July Details are now on the FIBKA website

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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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