The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS) is an all-Ireland association whose main objectives are to promote the conservation, study, improvement and reintroduction of the Native Irish Honey Bee (Apis mellifera mellifera), also known as the Black Bee, throughout the island of Ireland.

This year, we are proud to host the 2020 International Black Bee Conference on behalf of SICAMM – the International Association for the Protection of the European Dark Bee. The conference will feature speakers from home and abroad, including:

  • Professor Tom Seeley – World authority on honey bees, Cornell University
  • Andrew Abrahams – Master Beekeeper & Scottish Native Bee Breeder, Colonsay, Scotland
  • Raffaelle Dall’Olio – BeeSources Beekeeping Consultancy (Bologna, Italy)

The conference dates are 4th to 6th September in Athlone.