If you are interested in beekeeping, or just in bees, science and nature, you might find some of the links below enjoyable and informative…
Interested in beekeeping? Useful info from FIBKA on how to begin: Click here!
10 must-know tips for beekeepers! Click here!
A nice Irish Times piece on gardening for bees: Click here!
A handy list of plants for pollinators in by Biodiversity Ireland: Click here!
If you’re looking for authentic native wildflowers in the Carlow area (or shopping online), check out this place- https://www.irishwildflowers.ie/
Some of what we see in those little packets sold in garden centres aren’t even native to Ireland, and won’t feed our pollinators!
“How bees make honey” a lovely user-friendly explanation of how it all works by the Galway Beekeepers Association: Click here!
Irish Times article on pollination and pollinators- a good all-round explanation of how essential conservation is and what we can all do about it: Click here!
Fancy making a bee-hotel for your garden? Get DIY-ing: Click here!
“Through Insect Eyes: Vision Science”- Interesting article on bee vision: Click here!
Another enjoyable read on bee vision, this one is especially great for children and bee beginners: Click here!
Can bees hear? In a sense… Click here!
A common query, how to tell the difference between a wasp nest and a honeybee swarm: Click here
The honeybee colony as a superorganism… Get into the scientific nitty gritty with a special edition of Bee World, by the International Bee Research Association: Click here!
Ever heard of the “waggle dance”? Irish Times piece on the amazing and unique ability of bees to communicate intricately. Read on in awe… Click here!
Bees understand the concept of zero, just like us, and can even count! A short read: Click here!
Interested in bumblebees? This lovely NatGeo documentary on YouTube is interesting and fun to watch and shows some really amazing footage:
“Western Honeybee”. A handy bit of Wiki: Click here!
“What’s really the point of wasps?” Interesting BBC article on how one of the most underappreciated insects play a vital ecological role: Click here!
Great illustrated piece for kids on how pollination works, by Eden Project: Click here!
“15 fascinating facts about honeybees”: Click here!
All-Ireland pollinator plan 2015-2020 official website: Click here
Interested in doing your part in monitoring biodiversity, invasive species and climate? Check out the Citizen Science Initiative: Click here!
Slovenia take impressive action to make Ljubljana the world’s most bee-friendly capital. Article by The Guardian: Click here!
“Bee Backpacks…” An amusing BBC quick-read: Click here!
Humourous piece in letterpile.com about the origins of phrases such as “the bees knees” and “having a bee in your bonnet” as well as some naff bee jokes and puns: Click here!
Can mushrooms save the bees?! Irish Independent article: Click here!