- Feb 23, 2015
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- Louth, Ireland
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With that number I presume you're a hobbyist. As I say to all hobbyists, if you don't keep Amm you're directly attacking our environmental heritage. Commercial beekeepers may be motivated by an income, but a hobbyist isn't. Just for the record, I raised a couple of dozen Amm queens and our local association got close to 300 mated with loads more virgins. All of the virgins were given to whoever asked for them as were most of the mated queens. As for designated areas, here are some of the current conservation areas (the list is incomplete) There are also a whole bunch of other Voluntary Conservation Areas but the outdated map has been taken down, presumably to make way for an updated version so I can't give you a link to it. I presume you're in Sligo/Leitrim, North Kildare or parts of the Southwest where Buckfast are acceptable - you wouldn't be so unethical as to keep Buckfast in conservation areas, would you?I'm inclined to agree.
I've been keeping Buckfast bees, in Ireland and have 8 F3 queens mated this year. Only 1 of them has a temperament issue and that was there in the F2 along with a strong swarming tendancy. There are many Beeks in Ireland keeping buckfast and according to officials there are many being brought into Ireland.
I think the best solution all round would be to designate an area of Ireland as a protected zone somewhere DNA shows the highest pruity. Then let everyone else just get on with it. Is there any possibility even if there is a total ban on imports that we will see a "return" of a Pure black bee?