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Membership of FIBKA

FIBKA acts as an umbrella organisation, providing unity and strength in numbers in its promotion of the interests of bees, beekeepers and beekeeping in Ireland.  The 3,000 beekeepers who make up our numbers are all members of their local beekeeping association, of which there are currently 40 affiliated to FIBKA.

Local beekeeping associations are voluntary community organisations including people of all ages, from all walks of life drawn together by their love of bees and appreciation of nature and the environment. They encourage those who wish to keep bees, running beginners courses, meetings and events throughout the year, as well as providing ongoing support, delivering education and promoting beekeeping in their local communities. 

Over 40 of these Associations are affiliated to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations clg (FIBKA), which acts as their national representative body providing a wealth of information and support to its members.  Once you have joined your local BKA, you are automatically a member of FIBKA!

What does FIBKA offer its Beekeeping Association Members?

Included in the annual affiliation fee, no extra cost to members:

An insurance package to cover your beekeeping activities at your own apiary or anywhere else in the Republic of Ireland. 

Access to our monthly magazine, An Beachaire.

Access to members’ area on www.irishbeekeeping.ie where you will find specific information for all our beekeepers.

Access to a panel of Certified Federation Lecturers (CFLs), including many who hold a diploma in Apiculture {NatDipSc (Apic)} from Cork Institute of Technology

Contact secretary@irishbeekeeping.ie for more details.

FIBKA's work on your behalf

In association with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine (DAFM) Promotion and lobbying on behalf of beekeepers to promote the good health of bees and the interests of beekeepers; securing EU funding for beekeeping. 

Working with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) to prevent fraud and misinformation on honey in the market place. 

Working closely with Bord Bia in the promotion of Irish honey.  Bord Bia are generous sponsors of our National Honey Show since 1999. 

Working with Teagasc to inform the farming community on the importance of bees to agriculture. 

Working with other environmental bodies to fight Hedgerows Bill and promote environmentally sustainable practice for the benefit of honeybees and other wildlife. 

FIBKA is a signatory, contributor to and supporter of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan 

FIBKA is a member of the European Professional Beekeepers Association 

FIBKA is a member of the Council of National Beekeeping Associations in the United Kingdom and Ireland (CONBA). Through this body we have a voice in Brussels with a representative attending meetings there where many decisions affecting beekeeping are made. 

FIBKA is a member of Apimonida the worldwide body of beekeepers. This entitles our members who wish to attend the Apimondia Conference held every 2 years to a reduced registration fee.

Sponsorship of three young beekeepers to attend the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) each year, by paying the registration fee and contributing towards travel and accommodation costs.

Comprehensive Library of Beekeeping Books and Videos. Books and videos on loan free, borrower pays return postage. Our Library contains some rare out of print books that can be made available to students of research or other interested parties.

Contact secretary@irishbeekeeping.ie for more details.

More membership benefits!

Annual Summer School, internationally renowned throughout the beekeeping world. A full week of lectures, fun, trade stands and bee-talk.  This event has been held continuously since 1947 which is unique in the beekeeping world. Because of its international dimension we are able to acquire and share beekeeping knowledge from many other regions of the world.

Full Education programme, from Preliminary exams, through Intermediate, BeeMaster, Senior, CFL and Honey Judge qualifications. see here for more information on Educational opportunities

Subject to availability, books published by FIBKA books are available at reduced cost to affiliated Associations. 

Tamper-proof bar-coded labels (as required by many retail outlets) at cost price. Your own unique bar code for each of your products 

A honey jar lid incorporating the Federation Logo printed in colour and also the words “Irish Honey Direct from the Beekeeper” This unique lid has come to be accepted by many as proof that the jar contains good quality Irish honey.

Contact secretary@irishbeekeeping.ie for more details.