Bee Week 2018

Since 2012, the European Bee and Pollination Week is held every year in the European Parliament in Brussels. This meeting has become a must-attend event and brings together all stakeholders in the sector: European Members of Parliament, representatives of the EU institutions, beekeepers, farmers, scientists, veterinarians, manufacturers, NGOs and citizens. Together, they exchange proposals with public authorities to promote a sustainable beekeeping chain capable of ensuring the sustainability of the valuable service of pollination and

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Report out of season hedge cutting

Under the Wildlife Act, hedge cutting and gorse burning is restricted between 1 March and 31 August. Hedge-cutting season gets under way from 1 September and lasts until 28 February, where hedges in fields and along roadsides can be cut. Under Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction by other means of vegetation growing on uncultivated land or in

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COLOSS: Honey bee colony loss/survival survey 2017/2018

Letter from Mary F Coffey, Teagasc, Oakpark Research Centre, Carlow: Although the weather as yet does not reflect the time of year, it is now time to complete our annual survey on winter colony losses. As described in my recent article on colony losses in the May edition of An Beachaire, this annual survey has allowed the creation of a reliable profile on the winter losses being experienced by beekeepers over the past 10 years.

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