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Limerick Beekeepers’ Association Annual Honey Show 2019 – Saturday 30th November in Mungret GAA Hall
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Linking Farmer and Beekeeper Preferences with Ecological Knowledge to Improve Crop Pollination (Research Article - First published: 29 October 2019)
Pollination is a key ecosystem service in global crop agriculture, improving crop productivity in 75% of the world’s significant crops (Klein et al., 2007), underpinning an estimated $235–577 bn in annual production globally (IPBES, 2016) and supporting the supply of key micro‐nutrients in human diets (Smith, Singh, Mozaffarian, & Mayers, 2015). In many regions, pollination services are primarily supplied by wild insects from the surrounding landscape (Garibaldi et al., 2013) and the demand for pollination services growing more rapidly than the supply of honeybees (Breeze et al., 2014), leading to an increased reliance on declining wild pollinators (IPBES, 2016). However, managed insects are often key pollinators, particularly in large, homogenous landscapes, with the European honeybee (Apis mellifera) providing approximately half of the recorded crop visits in European studies (Kleijn et al., 2015).
Gormanston Summer School 2020
The 2020 annual Summer Course at Gormanston College, Co Meath from Sunday 2nd to Friday 7th of August promises to be another exciting week in the calendar of Irish Beekeeping.
For those seeking residential accommodation at the College, we would strongly advise early booking as late availability of rooms may not be guaranteed. The College management have asked for the release of unreserved rooms early in the year so that they can allocate them to other groups(s).
There is no issue with day attendance as we will always be able to accommodate those.
The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations
Welcome to the web site of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations.The Federation represents our 48 local member associations. Each Association has its own programme of lectures and apiary demonstrations – some planned in advance and some on short notice. Your local Secretary can tell you what’s on.
Many local Associations have beginners’ courses over the winter and it’s an excellent way to learn abut the craft. For all levels of experience, the Federation runs a one week summer course in Gormanston College. This draws beekeepers from all over the country and internationally not just to hear lectures.
Each Association has an Executive Council member assigned as a link between the Association and the Federation.
It’s a great time to keep bees. There’s more clover with nitrates restricted, more oilseed rape grown for fuel, less destruction of hedgerows as people realise how much benefit they provide for shelter and wildlife. All this encourages us to continue with an ancient craft with such a wonderful product – pure Irish Honey. Enjoy it!
Fáilte chuig idirlíon Chomhnascadh Cumann Beachairí na h-Éireann. In san comhnascadh seo, tá 48 cumainn áitiúla. Clic ar an léarscáil chun eolas ar an gceann is giorra dhuit a aimsiú. Bíonn clár léachtaí dá chuid féin ar siúl ag gach aon cumann comh maith le teaspáintaisí praicticiúla in san bheachlainn i rith an t-samhraidh. Bíonn cuid de na h-imeachtaí seo socraithe le fada roimh ré agus cuid acu a thárlionn d’aon gnó. Bíonn gach eolas le fáil ón rúnaí áitiúl. Bíonn ranganna ar siúl i rith an gheimhridh ag furmhór de na cumainn i gcóir daoine atá ar intinn acu beachaireacht a fhoghlaim. Is oiriúnach an slí seo chun eolas a fháil ar an gcéird.
Bíonn cúrsa samhradh á reachtáil ag an comhnascadh gach bliain ar gach leibhéil eolais i gColáiste Baile Mhic Gormáin i gCo. na Mí. Mór-chruinniú í seo de bheachairí as gach áird den tír seo agus as tíortha thar lear comh maith. Clic anseo chun a thuile eolais a fháil ar an gcúrsa. Tá gach cumann sa tír faoi chúram ball áirithe de Choiste Feidhmiúchán Náisiúnta an Chomhnascaidh. Seo leanas ainmneacha na mball agus na gcumann atá faoina gcúram.
In san lá atá inniú ann, tá gach rud ceart chun tosnú ar bheaca a choimeád. Níl an oiread sin nitreáid á scaoileadh amach ar an dtalamh ag na feirmeoirí. Tá níos mó síol-ráibe á chur faoi láthair i gcóir ábhar ola chun comhacht a gnothú. Níl an méid chéanna de na clathacha agus na torthaí á leagadh mar tá níos mó tuisceana ag daoine go bhfuil siad an úsáideach o thaobh fothana agus chun an fiadhúlra a chaomhnú. Ón méid seo ar fad, moltar dúinn leanúint leis a gceird ársa seo ag a bfhuil an toradh íontach – fíor mhil na h-Éireann.
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A who’s who of the Federation Committee and their contact details.
Honey Bee Health
Information and advice about bee health and the latest treatments.
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