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The Latest from The Federation

Apimedica & Apiquality Symposium 2018

The meeting, organised by the Romanian Apitherapy Society (Apimondia member), in collaboration with Apimondia (the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations), will address the most relevant issues pertaining…

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Heritage Bill 2018

As you already know the new Heritage Bill is now becoming law with a review in two years to measure the Impact it will have on wildlife …

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Provisional Draft of Gormanston 2018 Programme

This draft of the Gormanston Summer Beekeeping School is provisional and is subject to change.

Report of the Special Committee

Members can read the Special Committee’s Report Here


The Heritage Bill

On 4 Jul 2018, at 15:09, Tom <> wrote:


We never complained about cutting hedges on the roadsides, we understand the Safety implications but cutting all the other hedges should never be allowed, and the proposed changes in cutting and burning as proposed in the Heritage Bill is unacceptable, if you think of hedgerows as Larders for wildlife you will understand our concerns, I live in County Louth and some of the farms have completely removed all hedges so they now look like one big field, this arrangement is equivalent to a Desert for our Bees and all wildlife. As I understand it yesterday the 3rd July 2018 the Government with the help of your Party voted to pass the bill which illustrates the power of vested interested

Tom Shaw

Hon Secretary

From: Nicola Stapleton [] On Behalf Of John Curran
Sent: 04 July 2018 11:41
To: Tom
Subject: Re: FW: Heritage Bill

Dear Tom,

Fianna Fáil takes very seriously the issue of protecting our natural wildlife and protected habitats and species. We support the main objectives set out in the Heritage Bill 2016, which makes changes to the Wildlife Act, the Heritage Council and the Canals Act.

However, we will examine further proposals and amendments at subsequent legislative stages that improve the bill. It should not be rushed through by the government and the relevant Oireachtas committee should have time to fully scrutinise.

There were 158 fatalities road related fatalities in 2017, with 69 to date this year. Safety on our roads is paramount. It is vital that management of roadside hedges are maintained to ensure the highest standards in road safety and make sure human lives are protected to the maximum level.

While the bill extends hedge management for the additional month of August, Fianna Fáil successfully passed an amendment at committee stage in the Seanad, restricting the extension specifically to roadside hedges only as a proportionate policy approach, taking conservational considerations on board. This according to Birdwatch Ireland was “instrumental in saving damage to 80% of our national hedgerow stock”.

In addition, changes in the bill are qualified in that the Minister would have to bring forward regulations to give effect to such changes and specify the period of the extension and the geographic area covered.

We believe that a mechanism should be considered where the relevant Oireachtas committee should be consulted on any such ministerial regulations and enable interested stakeholders to input their views.

In addition, these new changes expire after a two-year pilot period unless the Houses of the Oireachtas decide for these provisions to continue by resolution.

During the pilot period, the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs will conduct a research programme to consider if these changes have had any impact on wildlife.  This will facilitate a fact based approach to future decisions in this area.

Thank you once more for contacting me on this bill and I will share your concerns with our party spokesperson on the issue for consideration.

Kindest regards,

John Curran TD

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.

Bígí ag baint taithneamh as!

FIBKA Structure

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Honey Bee Health

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An Beachaire

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Find an Association

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Beekeeping Forum

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Hi Members
It has come to our attention that members are trying to log in to this new website with their old password and username information from last years FIBKA website. As this site is new, (new design new software and new host) you must register as a new member. Once you have done this, the site will work for you. Sorry for the trouble this has caused, but for security we had to do this.
In relation to the Forum, you must also do a second registration as this forum is running on separate software and it is not possible to link the FIBKA page and the forum under the one password / username. Again, this is to protect you the user from spam. If you are having any issues with the website, please email and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible

All members must re-register as the old passwords from the old site will not work on this new website.
(If you registered after the 1 Feb 2018, you do not need to register again)

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