Mayo Beekeepers' Association


The Mayo Beekeepers' Association is a close-knit community of beekeepers dedicated to the support and growth  of  the beekeeping community in the West of Ireland.   We meet formally on the first Monday of each month to provide comment and debate on a range of topics.  We support our members by providing lectures, a beginners’ beekeeping course, a library, beekeeping demonstrations, discounts, insurance and access to honey extraction tools. For newcomers, and old hands wanting a refresher, you can take a look at the Mayo Beekeeper Introduction to Beekeeping in the Club Library here. Our members play an important role in FIBKA, the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations.  This is our home on the web and we welcome your participation.

Club News

  • New pesticides may harm bees as much as existing ones – study Ability of bumblebees to reproduce, and rate at which colonies grow, compromised by new sulfoximine-based insecticides.more here:  The Guardian Thursday 16th August 2018Bumblebees thrive in towns ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2018, 12:04 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Bees, Hornets and Wasps of the World A correspondent, Chris Owens, has alerted us to a great resource, "Bees, Hornets and Wasps of the World".  There's a link in our Online Resources section too.  Chris is ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2018, 8:58 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • FIBKA Congress 2018 The following documents have been made available in preparation for the FIBKA Conference 2018 -  (the files are attached below).  Comments and suggestions please to be relayed via our Secretary, Jude ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2018, 12:41 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Trump administration lifts ban on pesticides linked to declining bee numbers Published without comment (!)......    From The Guardian 4.8.18.   Environmentalists say lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects."..... The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 11:39 PM by Tim Birdsall
  • Registration requirements: Primary Producer of Honey The Mayo Beekeepers Association is indebted to club member, Kieran Kennedy, for drawing our attention to the  legal requirement to  register as a Primary Producer of Honey as set out ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2018, 4:37 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Moy Valley Bees at SICAMM, Finland Peter Neary and Helen Mooney of Moy Valley Bees are just back from SICAMM (Societas Internationalis pro ConservationeApis melliferae melliferae) 2018, Mustiala Agricultural College, two hours north of Helsinki, in ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2018, 2:11 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • New member: help wanted - Aclare region A brand new member to the club has requested some assistance in transporting her first hives a short distance to her property in Aclare, on the Sligo/Mayo border.   If ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2018, 12:42 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar in full flourish in Rathlee! Reports of the death of the Cinnabar Moth caterpillar have, to coin a phrase, been greatly exaggerated (© Mark Twain).  Zoey Lally sends us this beautiful shot of the black and ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 1:09 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Mayo Public Participation Network Newsletter June 2018 The 26th edition of the Mayo PPN is available - click here to take a look. If you have any suggestions for content in upcoming editions, please email office@mayoppn ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2018, 12:37 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • London Beekeeper Newsletter 2018 This month's edition of the highly informative London Beekeeper News is attached.  Contents range across European Foul Brood, the Small Hive Beetle, swarm control & collection tactics, a review of ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2018, 10:03 AM by Tim Birdsall
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Upcoming Events

  • Annual Beekeeping Open Day Gervase Padden is running his annual Open Day at 2pm on Sunday 22nd July.  The day features practical demonstrations of  queen rearing using a gender kit and the construction ...
    Posted Jul 4, 2018, 3:00 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Next meeting: Monday 2nd July 2018 The next meeting of the Mayo beekeepers Association will take place on the 2nd of July. Questions to the committee will be taken from the floor. Tim will outline the ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2018, 1:09 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Next meeting: Monday May 14th 2018 Our May meeting will take place on Monday 14th at 8pm in Teagasc Centre, Bunree Road, Ballina. Jim Donoghue will give a comprehensive talk on swarming. This is a much ...
    Posted May 8, 2018, 5:52 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Inaugural Mayo Beekeepers Association Annual Dinner 2018 We are delighted to announce that the first annual Social Evening gathering of the Mayo Beekeepers Association will take place on Saturday 2nd June at 5.30 for 6.00pm ...
    Posted May 4, 2018, 5:38 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Next meeting: Monday 9th April 2018 The next meeting of the Mayo Beekeepers Association will take place on Monday the 9th of April at 8pm at Teagasc Bunree Ballina. Pat Deasy  will outline his beekeeping methods ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 1:49 AM by Tim Birdsall
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