2020 Beginners’ Course

Register now for the 2020 Beginners’ Course in Beekeeping. Simply drop us a line here to register your interest. The course costs €100, and includes the following: annual membership of the Gorey Beekeeper’s Association (inc. insurance via FIBKA and a monthly magazine, An Beachaire) ; five lectures with course materials; a copy of the Bee Manual book; access to the Gorey Beekeeper’s Association Apiary for practical, hands-on sessions with a experienced beekeepers The course runs

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Report Illegal Hedge Trimming

Hedge trimming falls under the Wildlife Act of 1976, and the amendment in 2000, so it’s illegal to cut ditches from 1st March to 31st August (inclusive), with a few exceptions. If you come across illegal hedge trimming, please contact the Gardaí or the National Park and Wildlife Service on 01-8883242 or Lo-call 1890-383000. Some have commented that it is because the farmers lose money unless they cut the hedgerows and trees back. However the

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RIP Philip McCabe

Gorey Beekeepers was saddened to learn of the passing of the head of the International Association of Beekeepers, Philip McCabe. Philip was well known across the world for his work with bees, pollinators and environmental work. The Irish Federation of Beekeepers says his death “will be felt by beekeepers all over the world”.

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The Current Situation of the Honey Market

Norberto L. Garcia has published an article on the current state of the honey market, which makes a very interesting read. Introduction Global beekeeping is currently affected by many adverse factors that threaten its sustainability. The advance of agriculture, the destruction of natural environments, the contamination of bee forage lands with pesticides, the appearance of new bee diseases, and the increasing average age of beekeepers have affected beekeeping activities during the last few decades. Additionally,

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