The book is informative and practical, and is divided into 5 sections:
- The Native Irish Honey Beeis described in great detail, for example the first chapter defines Apis mellifera mellifera and includes scientific investigation and analysis.
- Conservation is what we are all about, and the need has never been greater. This section covers those aspects of our work.
- Bee Improvement & Queen Rearing is one of the practical ways we work with the native honey bee.
- Four Corners features personal histories and experiences from North, South, East and West.
- The Past, Present & The Future looks back at where we were, where we are now and where we might be in the future.
FOREWORD by Professor Thomas Seeley
THE NATIVE IRISH HONEY BEE
- “What is the Native Irish Honey Bee?” by Tom Hayden
- “Honey Bee Genetics” by Helen Mooney
- “Morphometry: A Tool for the Conservation of Honeybee Diversity” by Emma Williams
- “A significant pure population of the dark European honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) remains in Ireland by Jack Hassett, et al.
- “The right bees for the job” by Tom Hayden
- “Conservation of the Irish Native Honey Bee” by Bernadette Ferguson & Tom Hayden
- “Rewilding the Irish Honey Bee” by Micheál C. Mac Giolla Coda
- “Wild Apis mellifera mellifera in Ireland” by Grace McCormack
- “Bees and the Environment” by Willie O’Byrne
BEE IMPROVEMENT & QUEEN REARING
- “The Queen and the Drone” by Aoife Nic Giolla Coda
- “Setting up a queen rearing group” by Jonathan Getty
- “How to improve your local bees” by Michael Maunsell
- “Queen Rearing” by Tom Prendergast
- “Queen Rearing using a cell box” by Colm ÓNéill
- “Jenter Kit & Cloake Board System” by Jane Sellers
- “Apideas” by Jane Sellers
- “How Do I Know if my Hive is Queenless?” by Jonathan Getty
- “Queen Introduction” by Jane Sellers
- “Nucs” by Irene Power
- “Connaught: Native Black Bees of the West” by Gerard Coyne and Mayo BKA: NIHBS Summer Workshop 2019″ by Mary Keenan
- “Leinster: Leinster Queen Breeding Groups” by Loretta Neary
- “Munster: The Galtee Bee Breeding Group and The Dún Aonghasa System” by Micheál Mac Giolla Coda
- “Ulster” by Jonathan Getty
THE PAST, THE PRESENT & THE FUTURE
- “The Way it Was: Bees in Ireland” by Jim Ryan
- “Eoghan’s Way: Honey Production in the Native Irish Honey Bee” by Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda
- “Redmond’s Way: Preparing for the Season Ahead” by Redmond Williams
- “Tanguy’s Way: Ten Commandments for Rewilding Apis mellifera mellifera with a Warré Hive” by Tanguy de Toulgoët
- “The Way of the Future: Bees and Climate Change” by Mary Montaut
The book is 300+ pages long, has a softcover and weighs approx. 680g.
The price is €25 or €20 for NIHBS members.