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About Us

The Bee Sanctuary of Ireland is the only dedicated native wild bee sanctuary on the planet.

No hives. No honey.

55 acres – the size of 31 football pitches – of habitat which we have been returning to nature since 2012.

Nestled in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains we are a pause in the chaos of modern life.

We advocate for and educate about our endangered wild bee populations and are a real life real time example of the simple measures we can all take to address this serious issue.

When it comes to bees, nature and the planet it’s time to start giving and stop taking.

Here on THE BEE SANCTUARY OF IRELAND we give everything.

We’re all in.

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Action

Bees need urgent help now. Right now. Today.

We all have a role to play in making sure bees survive.

We know what is causing the dramatic declines in bee and insect populations.

We know the solutions:

Provide safe habitat, provide ample food and stop poisoning them.

The time for talk and good intentions is over – what bees need  is for us to take action. For real action.

Bees

Bees have been around for about 130 million years.

There are currently 99 species of bee in Ireland.

98 of these species are our native wild bees.

21 of these are Bumblebees. 77 are Solitary bees.

The Honeybee is only 1 of these 99 species.

1 in 3 of our bee species is threatened with extinction.

Flowers

Flowers are vital to bees which means they’re vital to us.

You see flowers are bee food.

Bees need a constant and close supply of food during their active period which is generally from February to October.

Native wild flowers and ‘weeds’ are the best food for bees.

Flowers treated with chemicals kill and harm bees.

To save the bees – Feed the bees. It really is that simple!

KIDS FOR BEES

The Bee Sanctuary Of Ireland

Interesting bee facts for kids

Monthly fun bee quiz

Show us your bee photo or art

BE A FRIEND OF THE BEES

The Bee Sanctuary Of Ireland

Help us

To help the bees

Become a Friend of the Bees

Meadows for Bees

The Bee Sanctuary Of Ireland

Wildflower meadows are vital for bees

These meadows have disappeared

Introducing The National Meadowland

Make saving bees your business.

Explore how you can help.

Corporate Picnics with the Bees

Spend a day relaxing in nature with the bees. Chill out in the glorious foothills of the Wicklow mountains. Your team reconnecting with nature in a casual relaxed environment.
No set schedule. No presentations. No slideshows. No hassle.
Chatting and strolling encouraged. Inspiring. Educational. Refreshing.

Beestorming

Need some headspace? Some inspiration? A different perspective? Some peace and quiet? Some alone time? Somewhere for your small team to figure it all out. See what 55 acres all to yourself of thriving nature where time stands still can do for your creativity, problem solving, reiteration and soul.

We call it Beestorming.

Reflective Recharge

Beestorming without the ask. A timeout with and in nature. Sit by the water. In a meadow. By the buzzing flowerbeds. In the old orchard. Among the vegan grown fruit and vegetables. Stroll for hours uninterrupted. Lose track of time.

Reflect. Reconnect. Recharge.

Ready to go again. Ready to make those changes.

BECOME
A FRIEND OF THE BEES

SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE BEES, DO WHAT WE DO AND HAVE THE IMPACT THAT IS SO URGENTLY REQUIRED

 

We do need your help

WE OFFER A NUMBER OF OPTIONS FOR YOU TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL

FRIEND OF THE BEES

Thank you for caring

MAKE SOMEONE
A FRIEND OF THE BEES

GIVE THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE THAT EXTRA SPECIAL FEELING OF BEING A PART OF SOMETHING GOOD. THE GENUINELY GREEN AND TRULY UNIQUE 

 

 Eco cool gift

OF JOINING THE COMMUNITY OF PLANET SAVING PEOPLE BECOMING

OFFICIAL FRIENDS OF THE BEES

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PHOTO GALLERY

A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS

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SO YOU CAN GET TO KNOW US BETTER

**updated regularly

ALL IMAGES © THE BEE SANCTUARY OF IRELAND 2021

So a poem about bees finds itself

to us a while back

and we love its simplicity

its clarity of message

and it tugs. it gets it. we’re not alone.

and it warms us. and we move on busy.

 

then we set this website free in the middle

of february and hope people get it. 

 

and a poet reaches out and tells us

we are fulfilling her dream

and thanks us for doing what we are doing

and sends us a poem she has written.

 

that poem.

 

and this poet lives in north carolina usa

and we are in wicklow ireland.

and like us the bees are the same and the bees are different 

but the connection, the sentiment, the knowing what to do

the goodness

it’s universal

nature does that

connects us

if we let her

…if we listen

 

 

thank you Kyla

 

 

copyright www.kylahoubolt.com

From ‘Dawn’s Fool’

published by IceFloe Press

http://www.icefloepress.net

For the bees

If bees followed me

I would carry them all on a kite

fly it low and quiet

they would say

because I have coated it lightly

with sugar.

 

We would make our way gently

to a vast field

of wild mustard and pinks

where I would tenderly shake them off,

a few bees at a time,

and end at the creek’s edge

with an empty kite

and the sound of buzzing

returned to the air.

 

I will not tell you

where we are. I will not

let anyone near. This is

the bees’ wide open

hideaway, and even I

will leave them there

in plenty and peace

not to return.

 

– Kyla Houbolt

Supported by The Organic Trust