Peter Kočalka is a professional bee-keeper. However, he is not just an ordinary commercial bee-keeper, he is interested in organic bee-keeping and always aims to understand their behaviour. Not only do thousands of people already support his approach, but he has developed procedures for bee care and monitoring, which not only helps beekeepers, but also serves to collect scientific data. Bee Hive Weight Monitoring are beekeepers with a large Apiary in Slovak Republic. They are professional beekeepers not just commercial beekeepers. They are interested in organic bee-keeping, and they always seek to understand Bee behaviour. Bees have existed on our planet for over 150 million years. Human intervention into the ecosystem has caused the European honey bees to no longer be able to survive on their own. They have become endangered species. They would go extinct without the care of beekeepers and that, would have a catastrophic impact on the entire ecosystem. Bee Hive Weight Managements vision is to create a system of ecological bee-keeping without the use of any chemicals. In a way which would be sustainable. Currently, they look after hundreds of honey bee colonies. Each one is being monitored with their latest technology. The technology they use is specifically designed to help the beekeepers. The bee-keeper gains a complete overview of the health and productivity of his hives. Thanks to this technology, interventions, which would be unnecessary, aren’t needed. It is 100% biological, 100% residue-free, harmless for the bees, easy to use, usable all year around even during honey flow and gives you maximum benefits. The technology is designed to be affordable for anyone. No setup, no configuration needed. In 2016, they launched some simple and environmentally friendly methods of bee care. Their project is supported by tens of thousands of people who are helping thousands of bee colonies. It doesn't matter what climate you have the bees in, or how good the year is, or what your hives and equipment are. It doesn't even matter what line of bees you have. Before you give up and start arguing that it's meant to be, that it’s the fault of the climate change, try one more experiment, to convince yourself about the opposite. There is always HOPE. A lot of honeybee colonies are lost because bee-keeper's have limited information. They have an Apiary with 300 colonies of bees and when they started monitoring it changed everything. What they want is to provide this system to all beekeepers as cheap as possible. To do that, they need mass production to lower costs. Bee Hive Weight Management provides a simple and proven solution for bee-keepers to eliminate even the most serious problems with their bees! [/box]
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The four main initiatives of IBCP are: Research - This aspect of IBCP continues from the initial research described above and is focussed on the Varroa mite parasite, which is the greatest threat to Ireland’s native honeybee. This study and breeding programme will be entering it’s 5th year at our dedicated research apiaries and laboratory during 2020. Results have been encouraging, where selected colonies are now showing tolerance of the Varroa mite through the expression of natural traits contained within the bee’s genome. Habitat Support - One of the main reasons for the diminishing numbers of certain species of Irish bees have been the reduction in foraging and nesting sites throughout the country. During 2019 the IBCP began a programme to combat this effect and established 20 specially designed “Bee Lodges” to provide shelter and breeding facilities for all species of Irish bees. These lodges were erected in large trees in Fota Wildlife Park and on farms in county Waterford. Wild bees are currently occupying these shelters and will propagate over winter and next year to increase the relevant populations. The target for 2020 is to establish a further 80 lodges in other locations throughout these counties. The Research project will feed directly into Habitat Support, as native honeybees with increased Varroa tolerance will have greater survival rates in the wild when introduced to the “Bee Lodges”. Biodiversity - Along with the reduction of wild nesting locations across the country, the reduction in foraging sites has led to a significant loss of species and range for some Irish bees. The Great Yellow Bumblebee is an example of this, where 60 years ago this species was prevalent throughout the country, but today it is endangered and found only in certain western counties. The IBCP through an education and networking programme are working to increase floral rich areas which are desirable to our native bee species. This initiative is focussed on creating multiple small areas of floral development in private and public areas and links directly into the Habitat Support initiative. This programme involves liaising with government bodies, businesses, farm groups, community groups, schools, hospitals, universities, eco groups etc. Education - IBCP have established a link with the Royal Microscopical Society to secure the use of teaching microscope kits which can be brought to schools to introduce students, (both junior and secondary) into microscopy, insect biology and specific aspects of insect biology associated with the life and survival of native Irish bees. These programmes will be carried out by IBCP in association with the teachers, who will develop curriculum-based projects such as foraging areas to attract bees and demonstrate how bee pollinators can manipulate and carry the pollen which is necessary for the continued survival of the bees. This initiative will enable the students to visualise the links between the bees they see every day and biology involved in the ongoing survival of these bee species. The added advantage to this education initiative is that the students will encourage their families and friends to support the Biodiversity requirements of our native bee species. In summary, the IBCP is working for the survival, protection and proliferation of Ireland’s native bee species. The four elements of our approach are highly integrated and through our growing network of members we plan to expand our initiatives from Cork and Waterford throughout the country over the coming years.