Native Irish Honey Bee Society – Apis mellifera mellifera

Native Irish Honey Bee Society
Apis mellifera mellifera

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Latest Press Releases

This is intended as a resource page for those individuals and entities that support what NIHBS does and would like to help amplify our message and reach via publication, social media, and other means.

Introgression in Irish Honey Bees

Dive into the latest research on modelling introgression in Irish honey bee populations! Led by Irene de Carlos, Laura Strachan, Grace McCormack, Gregor Gorjanc, and ...
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Native Species Weekend at Dublin Zoo

On the weekend of May 11th and 12th Dublin Zoo is hosting a public event where NIHBS will be present and we are hoping for ...
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Ambassadors Wanted

Ambassadors Wanted.  We need a local representative for every county in Ireland who would help us by spreading NIHBS news and feeding back useful beekeeping ...
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Ours To Protect Podcast

Ours to Protect Podcast – The Native Irish Honey Bee Society Follow the link below to listen to NIHBS Member Pat McCormack discuss the conservation ...
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Vanishing Heritage: Ireland’s ‘Black Bee’ Faces Extinction Due to Influx of Non-Native Queens

Vanishing Heritage: Ireland’s ‘Black Bee’ Faces Extinction Due to Influx of Non-Native Queens New research from the University of Galway sheds light on the endangerment ...
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Boosting Bee Buzz: Unveiling a Variety of Log Hive Designs by Trained Forester Mick Verspuij

Boosting Bee Buzz: Unveiling a Variety of Log Hive Designs by Trained Forester Mick Verspuij Mick Verspuij, a trained forester, transforms windfallen trees into unique ...
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Statement regarding requests for queens from Mainland Europe.

NIHBS, and many of its members, receive requests for the supply of Apis mellifera mellifera queens from individuals, commercial organisations, conservation groups, and researchers in ...
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Statement against imports

Statement Against Imports

The importation of non-native honey bees into Ireland continues. Beekeepers in Ireland want this practice to end immediately, to protect our native bees from the ...
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Press Release Apis mellifera mellifera

We all know how important honey bees are. You may not realise, however, that we in Ireland have our own subspecies of honey bee. The ...
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Photos for Publication

Please feel free to use any of the below photos in any articles or social media about the native Irish honey bee.

Social Media Messages

These Social Media Messages and Cards can be freely downloaded and posted to individuals’ and organizations’ social media accounts. Just cut-and-paste the text and then download the corresponding card (or use your own). We only ask that you tag/mention us, using @nihbs on Facebook and Twitter and @thenativeirishhoneybeesociety on Instagram. Thanks!

Save #Apismelliferamellifera! 
 
After thousands of years adapting to Ireland’s unique climate, the dark European honey bee is threatened. Importation of other subspecies dilutes their pure genetics and spreads diseases.
 
#BanImportedBees #BuyNativeBees 
Learn more at www.nihbs.org
#Varroa
#EuropeanFoulbrood
#AsianHornet
What’s next…#SmallHiveBeetle!? 
 
Give our native #Apismelliferamellifera honey bees a break! #BanImportedBees and the invasive pests, pathogens and diseases that hitch a ride on them into Ireland and the UK. 
 
Learn more at www.nihbs.org
Irish beekeepers prefer our native dark honey bee, #Apismelliferamellifera. @nuigalway reports that 90% of Irish beekeepers work with Amm; an @IBAclg survey shows that 82% of respondents use Amm, even large-scale honey producers. 
#EvolutionWorks #BanImportedBees 
Join @NIHBS @BBKA @FIBKA @IBAclg @UlsterBees & @INIB1 against importing non-native honey bees into Ireland.
 
If we collect 100k signatures, the UK Parliament must debate the issue. UK/N Ireland residents: sign the petition,
#BanImportedBees
 
Local bee breeding programmes ensure that the pure genetic line of native Irish honey bees (#Apismelliferamellifera) is preserved from dilution by imported subspecies. 
 
Help save OUR bees!
 
#BanImportedBees
#BuyNativeBees 
Learn more at www.nihbs.org
Contrary to popular belief, #Apismelliferamellifera is not going extinct. Wild populations in trees and buildings, along with bee breeding programmes are helping to preserve their unique genetics. 
 
Help save a part of Ireland’s apicultural heritage. 
 
 
#BanImportedBees #BuyNativeBees
Share your #Apismelliferamellifera story. 
 
What characteristics of the native Irish honey bee (aka dark European honey bee) do you appreciate most?
 
 #BanImportedBees
#BuyNativeBees
Learn more at www.nihbs.org
Share your #Apismelliferamellifera story. 
 
In your opinion, why is the native Irish honey bee (aka dark European honey bee) worth protecting by banning the importation of non-native subspecies?
 
#BanImportedBees
#BuyNativeBees
 
Learn more at www.nihbs.org

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