Save the bees!

We have a huge opportunity to save bees from killer pesticides. On 20th May European governments are meeting at the EU to rethink how dangerous pesticides get approved. Together, we could persuade them to support much higher standards, that outlaw bee-killing pesticides. The crux? Bayer and Dow’s lobbyists are doing all they can to keep their harmful chemicals on Europe’s fields. Sign the urgent petition now, telling EU governments to make pesticide testing bee-friendly. Toxic pesticides

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World Bee Day – 20 May

The value of bees Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity – a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also serve as sentinels for emergent environmental risks, signaling the health of local ecosystems. Invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change

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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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