Jim Ryan is a native of Thurles Co Tipperary and has been keeping bees since 1983. For twelve years he was editor of the magazine "An Beachaire" (The Irish Beekeeper). He was President of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations 1994-1996. He is also Federation librarian and archivist.
He is a regular lecturer at the Irish Beekeeping Summer School at Gormanston Co Meath and has lectured on beekeeping throughout Ireland and Britain over the past thirty years.
Most people are familiar with the large colourful bumble bees that we frequently see among the flowers in our gardens. Some will also be familiar with our honey bees. However a surprising number of people cannot distinguish between bees and wasps. Jim's talk will look at some of the other bees we share the planet with and which can often be found nesting in our gardens.
These species are almost completely unknown to the average person but they are important pollinators in their own right. He will look at where they nest and how we might recognise them and attract them into our gardens.