A subcommittee has been set up in FIBKA to review the Associations Constitution. Gus will be asking members at our AGM to review this and forward to him any comments. Details can be found via this link.
A company in New Zealand are advertising for Irish beekeepers to work there. Details can be found below -
Many may have read in the lastest edition of An Beachaire about products containing neonicotinoids sold for domestic use for control of garden "pests". For convenience, here is the relevant link to the Soil Association list of these products.
Better news for the bees - a two-year partial ban. For an excellent brief summary from a pro-bee perspective of progress towards a ban on neonicotinoids, please follow this link.
After researching the threat to bees from neonicotinoid pesticides, the European Food Safety Authority has proposed restrictions on their use. For the detail (from the horses mouth) see:
EFSA identifies risks to bees from neonicotinoids .
Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment for bees for the active substance imidacloprid.
Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment for bees for the active substance thiamethoxam.
Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment for bees for the active substance clothianidin.