Recommended Book List

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations (FIBKA) examination system is run by the Education Officer under the direction of the Examination Board; the Board which is made up of members from the FIBKA and the Ulster Beekeepers' Association (UBKA) is appointed by the Executive Council of the FIBKA. There are seven levels of examination: Preliminary, Intermediate, Senior, Intermediate Apiary Practical, Beemasters, Lecturer and Honey Judge examinations are held during the Summer Course at Gormanston and Preliminary and Intermediate examinations are also held at Provincial Centres.

The Lecturer's examination takes place in the presence of three Examiners, one of whom is the invited Senior Gormanston Summer Course lecturer and also acts as the Extern Examiner.

The Intermediate Apiary Practical Examination, the Practical Beemaster's Examination and the Apiary Practical component of the Senior Examination are arranged by the Education Officer and take place in the candidate's own apiary during the beekeeping season and are conducted by two Examiners.

Recommended Book List for General Reading (list is not exhaustive and does not purport to be a complete list)

  • Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee - HA Dade
  • Guide to Bees and Honey - T Hooper
  • The Honey Bee Inside and Out - C Davis
  • The Honey Bee Around and About - C Davis
  • Study Notes (Various) - JD & BD Yates
  • Breeding Techniques and Selection for Breeding of the Honeybee - F Ruttner
  • Plants and Beekeeping - FN Howes
  • The Biology of the Honey Bee - M Winston
  • The Humble Bee - Sladen
  • Managing Varroa - FERA(UK)
  • Foul Brood Diseases of Honey Bees - FERA(UK)
  • Control of Varroa - Goodwin and Eaton
  • Beekeeping in Ireland A History - JK Watson
  • The Buzz about Bees - J Tautz
  • Bee, Hives and Honey - E O'Sullivan (FIBKA)
  • Haynes Bee Manual - Claire & Adrian Waring
  • Having Healthy Honeybees - John McMullan
  • A Manual of Beekeeping- Wedmore
  • Anatomy of the Honeybee - Snodgrass
  • Encyclopedia of Beekeeping - Hooper & Morse
  • Honeybee, Pests Predators & Diseases - Morse & Flotum
  • Practical Beekeeping - Clive de Bruyn
  • Honeybee Democracy - Tom Seeley
  • The Wisdom of The Hive - Tom Seeley
  • Communication among Social Bees - Lindauer
  • Practical Microscopy for Beekeepers - Bob Maurer

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Co. Waterford beginners course

Co. Waterford BKA will be holding their classes for beginners starting Tuesday 21st February at Coláiste Cathal Naofa. For more information and outline of course, click here

South Tipp Beginners' Course

South Tipp BKA are holding a beginners course in beekeeping starting Saturday 8th April. For more for information on registration and what will be covered, click here

Trees for bees

**ALL TREES ARE NOW ALLOCATED** Those of you who ordered tree saplings should have already received a confirmation email by now, if not, contact Eamon at his email address

Well Done Ryan!

A Junior member of the Lake County BKA, Ryan Nea, has made it to the All Ireland Science competition and came 2nd in his college with a device which alerts beekeepers when a hive is about to swarm.......Story and picture of the young chap is the LCBKA facebook page

Gorey BKA Beginners Course

Gorey BKA Beginners Course, run by Ben Harden NBD, starts on Tuesday 4th April and continues for 4 more Tuesdays, followed by practicals in the association apiary. Venue: The Teagasc Centre, Fort Road, Gorey. Time: 8pm. Duration: approx 1hr. Bee suits are available for the practicals if required. For further details contact the secretary Aine Roche at

Connemara BKA Beginners Course

The Connemara Beekeepers Association are holding their beginners course in beekeeping. The course will be run in the GRETB (VEC) building in Oughterard. It start on Tuesday, 21st Feb, at 7:30pm. for more info, or bookings, please contact Ken Figgis, our education officer. Email or phone 095 41092

Bee Research Project!

FIBKA are co operating with CIT to run a beehealth project to improve the genetic diversity of Irish honey bee stocks, funding needed either corporate or individual. Click here for more info!

Kilkenny Beginners Course!

It will run for the 4 Wednesday nights (15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1st March, 8 March) from 7.30 to 9.00 covering topics such as
Beekeeping Equipment, The occupants of the hive, The beekeeping year, honey harvesting and planting for bees and pollinators.

This will be followed a number of practical sessions during the rest of the year at our own Apiary and at other Apiaries where you will get first hand experience with colonies of Bees

Contact Jer Keohane for further details