Bees and Beekeeping

Bees and Beekeeping

In Ireland, there are 98 different species of bee. We have the familiar honeybee which is a managed pollinator, and then 97 wild bee species. These include 20 bumblebee species and 77 solitary bee species.  The  Western honeybee (Apis) and primarily the native Black Bee is the most common species used here in Ireland for beekeeping.  The honeybee is a vital part of our overall pollinator ecosystem, without pollinators our menu would be limited o root vegetables and cereals. Rapid changes in farming, use of pesticides, destruction of habitat and climate change are all having a detrimental effect on our native pollinators

 

 

History of Beekeeping