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Hive Mind Experience

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 90 reviews.Myrtleville, IrelandPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Mark

2.5 hours
Includes food, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our day will begin with a meet-and-greet; where I will run though the safety aspects of beekeeping. Stings are rare when safety is well considered. Now, it's time to get nerdy. We will discuss what happens within the colony, the social structure and the roles each honeybee has to play within the superorganism of the hive. The importance of the honeybee to our own lives; and to the world at large cannot be underestimated. The more that we know, the more that we can do to affect a change. Apiary tour: this is where we watch the bees at work. We find out what plants they are foraging, and why, on that specific day. By now you should be confident enough to get your bee suits on (provided by me of course) and do some beekeeping. With my help, you will be guided through the basic steps involved in a hive inspection. All of what we have learned during the day will be put into practice for what I promise to be an inspiring journey into the world of the Northern European Honeybee, Apis mellifera Mellifera.
Our day will begin with a meet-and-greet; where I will run though the safety aspects of beekeeping. Stings are rare when safety is well considered. Now, it's time to get nerdy. We will discuss what happens within the colony, the social structure and the roles each honeybee has to play within the superorganism of the hive. The importance of the honeybee to our own lives; and to the world at large cannot be underestimated. The more that we know, th…

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What's included

  • Food
    I like to share my fruit and veg from the garden with visitors while we cha...
  • Equipment
    Beekeeping equipment
From $60
/ person
Book for 6 guests, save 10% or more
Sat, Oct 3
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
$60 per person
$60 per person
Availability for this experience is rare.

Meet your host, Mark

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 90 Reviews
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My passion for beekeeping began over a decade ago. Avidly in search of more knowledge and experience I have visited beekeepers around Ireland and the world. In recent years, I successfully completed a Masters Thesis on the issues around breeding the honeybee here in Ireland. Since then I have been working on a project called Hive Mind. With Hive Mind, we are working to build awareness for the preservation of the honey bee here in Ireland and spread the love of our nectar-bearing fuzzy friends.
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Where you'll be

Your experience is set on the grounds of a quiet farmhouse in the coastal town of Myrtleville. It is where my beekeeping days began and where I hope to share my knowledge with you.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 90 reviews.

Katie
August 2020
Mark was so knowledgeable and really friendly. It was a really relaxing and interesting experience. We were allowed to really get involved. If you are interested in bees this is a must. If you like honey this is a must. If you are afraid of bees this is definitely a must!!! It is a really great way to overcome your fears with this chilled bees.
Mark was so knowledgeable and really friendly. It was a really relaxing and interesting experience. We were allowed to really get involved. If you are interested in bees this is a…
Andrew
August 2020
Fantastic experience seeing the workings of the bee hives. Mark was excellent throughout the whole experience and we really enjoyed our experience with him. Would highly recommended a visit to this experience and see the bees in action. We were lucky with the timing and even got to harvest and taste some of the honey.
Fantastic experience seeing the workings of the bee hives. Mark was excellent throughout the whole experience and we really enjoyed our experience with him. Would highly recommende…
Nathanaël
August 2020
Do you want to feel good . Do you want to go back home with a big smile and amazing honey in your bag ? Just spend an afternoon with bees and Mark ! 😊
Ashleigh
July 2020
My partner and I had a great time visiting the bees. Mark was very knowledgeable and welcomed us into his home. Would recommend for people of all ages!
Andrew
July 2020
Super experience. Mark is a real expert and lives the life of someone who has a passion for what he does. Top marks!!
Declan
July 2020
Wonderful experience to see the bees up close and personal. Mark was very knowledgeable on all aspects and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

More tips

Bees can and do sting from time to time.
I need to know if you have an allergy, and how severe it is.
Guests must arrange their own transportation. The bus from Cork stops close to the house.

What to bring

Adequate footwear, shoes/boots. No sandals or open toes.