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Genetics for the Beekeeper – Helen Mooney

[…]are fellow Dark bee breeders and the overall Irish population remains robust and pure. Helen is a Bee Master with the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations and a member of NIHBS, the Native Irish Honey Bee Society, for which she has written a chapter on basic genetics for beekeepers.  Along with maintaining and breeding dark bees in several apiaries, she now […]

Maximising Production with Native Honey Bees
– Colm ONeill

[…]for his local association, a committee member for the Native Irish Honey Bee Society and holds beekeeping, bee improvement and queen rearing classes at his home apiary. Along with Jonathan Getty, he has been giving online training to the more than 200 members of the NIHBS Queen Rearing Group Scheme since 2021. Their management system gives them little or no […]
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– Colm ONeill

Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]isolated. For security reasons we ask the location is not disclosed to anybody. For working at the bees, bee suits and gloves are not essential, but head protection is. What is or isn’t included? A one day practical and online video. Pre – COVID, this was a 2 day course, but the videos now replace the first day. Please see […]

Scillonian Bee Project

[…]Scillonian weather, in particular the long dry summers. ​This is more than likely because honeybees have been imported (but luckily from varroa free locations, Colonsay, and the Isle of Man). Another part of the Project will be to take an annual DNA sample from as many colonies as pos)sible so that we can use the results to help the bees […]

Let’s Go Beekeeping!

[…]that he has. So, as Roger says, “beekeeping is fun”: join us on a journey through the craft of beekeeping. Let’s Go Beekeeping! [yotuwp type="playlist" id="PL1qKoY_-2DoPAQhDQeaa8Y0LZ6rwjoJuA" […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]and others, with a bias toward conservation and the environment, rearing our own queens from black bees. Why do the bees rear so many drones? This piece aims to explain: why the production of a large number of drones is the inevitable consequence of the free mating of queens in drone congregations; and why this proliferation of drones is […]

The Native Irish Honey Bee

[…]a ‘go to’ source of information not just for beekeepers in the island of Ireland but for all beekeepers who keep Amm bees or who want to know more. It covers all the essentials: What is a native Irish honey bee? Consideration of honey bee genetics (which will become an increasingly important issue in the 2020s as our knowledge of […]

Bee Improvement Strategies

[…]question any individual or group should consider is what method should I/we follow to Improve our bees and to produce queens. There are a few key choices depending on your aims, capacity (time and equipment) and capabilities. I’m assuming the reader is looking for a bee that is native and/or locally adapted. Kevin […]

Bee Improvement Days 2021

Bee Improvement Days 2021 The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA) will be running a small number of practical and theoretical courses during the summer months. These will be aimed at beekeepers who wish to improve their bees, with emphasis on suitability to the environment, docility, calmness on the comb, ease of management, good use of stores, etc. The […]

BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens

[…]supports the prosperity and wellbeing of all our current populations of bees, including honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees as well as other pollinators, Imported honey bees pose a considerable risk each year to our present populations in many different ways. This ever-growing practice is not sustainable. It is most likely that the seriously damaging invasive pests and pathogens we […]
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North Gower Bee Improvement

[…]low number of beekeepers (mostly hobbyists) which may have helped reduce mass import of non-native bees in this area. Furthermore, the isolation of the northern tip of Gower may offer a stronghold for colonies of near native bees. The group which is just starting is looking to encourage breeding from these local near native stocks and improve their qualitive through selective […]

National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP)

[…]Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), with the twin aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands,* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward […]

Section 1.2 – Aims, Imports & Bee Breeding

[…]support of beekeepers aiming to develop Varroa resilient bees The Problem with Imports Imports of bees have been growing, year on year, and, although currently at record levels, at best, only produce a short-term respite, in terms of quality. In the long-term no consistent improvement in the quality of our bees is achieved, and the system relies on further imports […]