Mid Kilkenny beekeepers come to the rescue

At this time of year it  is a regular occurrence that bees swarm. The honey bees  should not be confused with wasps. Generally the bees will coalesce into a large bundle around the queen bee located possibly on a wall as they decide where they’re going to go to next. The bees in this situation are quite docile and the risk of getting a sting is  low so long as the bees are not disturbed.

This week KKB called in the mid-Kilkenny Beekeepers  to help when a swarm landed on one of Kilkenny’s historic limestone walls in the city centre. Congratulations to the beekeepers who had a volunteer out within an hour to help and a local building contractor who assessed to gain access. The swarm was collected and brought to a new hive. It is important that we protect and look after our pollinators in particular the honey bees.

 

Rothe House pollinator day

A pollinator day took place at Rothe house on their garden open day in conjunction with Tanguy de Toulgoët  and coordinated by the KKB.  Tanguy  is  a bee keeper  and he  explained the art of bee keeping and the importance of pollinator plants. There was also  a honey tasting.   Information was  provided in relation to the selection of  pollinator plants  and how a garden could be made more bee friendly.

Visitors from Japan review the bee hive design which is of French/Japanese design

Visitors from Japan review the bee hive design which is of French/Japanese design

Honey tasting in Rothe garden

Honey tasting in Rothe garden

Rothe house herb garden

Rothe house herb garden

Rothe orchard, the grass is being left uncut to encourage wild flowers

Rothe orchard, the grass is being left uncut to encourage wild flowers

Tanguy de Toulgoët explains the bee hive construction.

Tanguy de Toulgoët explains the bee hive construction.

 

 

Biodiversity in our riverside wild flower meadows

Butterfly on the River Nore wild flower meadow, July 2010. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Wild flowers attract insects on the river Nore wild flower meadows, July 2010. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Bumble bee enjoys the colourful wild flowers on the Nore river side meadow, July 2010. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Wild flowers give cover to insects, July 2010: Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.