Welcome to the Gorey Beekeepers Association …
The aim of Gorey Beekeepers is to promote knowledge of bees in general and in beekeeping, thus helping to ensure their survival. We are working towards encouraging greater awareness of the honey bee and hoping to increase participation in beekeeping.
We are a friendly lot, and welcome all who have an interest in beekeeping. We provide beginner sessions and support if you are just starting out, or exchange of views and experience if you have been longer in the craft.
Beekeeping has a long history in Ireland and in the South East in particular, which is one of the highest honey producing regions in the country. Honey is one of the oldest forms of sweetener, and recent research by Limerick Institute of Technology has established that local honey tends to be healthier than generic imports
Gorey beekeepers also has a particular interest in the Irish black bee, as the bees have developed over the years to suit the Irish climate and ecology. Irish bees will tend to match their production to the weather, have a greater ability to fly through damp weather and will tend to reduce their number as the winter approaches, so giving them a better chance of survival throughout the winter.
If you are interested in bees, then explore our website and do get in touch if you would like to become a member.
The next beginner’s course will be run in April 2019.
Have you noticed any #Dandelions in your #garden yet - please let them grow - the nectar they produce is a valuable source of food for hungry bee's #springwatch2019 #GrowDontMow
#pollen is in such short supply - look around your garden - not many flowers at this time of year - perhaps a few catkins- which is why #Dandelions are so important to feed the baby bees #SaveTheBees https://t.co/Jt9NXZZULz
How do #bees stay cool in summer?
When it gets hot inside the nest, bees use their wings as fans to draw hot air out and allow cooler air to move in
(Video courtesy of Jacob Peters/Harvard SEAS)