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Great National Hotel, Ballina, welcomes it's first native honey bee colony

posted Aug 15, 2018, 4:36 AM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 4:53 AM ]
A few weeks ago we were contacted by Killasser (Swinford) native, Raymond Horkan from the Great National Hotel Ballina about installing some honey bees in a bid to enhance local biodiversity.  We were thrilled to oblige, and in a short space of time, the ground work has been completed and bees have been installed in a temporary home until they settle and are given a traditional national timber hive.  More photographs to follow.

As you can see the bumble bees are happy to share their forage and air space with honey bees.  They have a longer tongue so can retrieve nectar from a range of plants that the honey bees can't reach.  Bumble bees also forage earlier in the morning and later in the evening, so there is no need to worry that their habitat is under threat by managed honey bee colonies.