for the conservation, reintroduction, study, selection and improvement of native or near-native honeybees of Britain and Ireland

CONFERENCE 2016: 20th-22nd September
Isle of Man, UK

Please note: speakers, topics and timings may change; check against notice board on the day for any updates


Programme. Thursday 22 Sept

9.30 – 10.30 Presentations
Room 1: Pete Sutcliffe: “The hive as a processing centre”
Room 2: Keith Pierce: “Apideas. Their operation and maintenance”
10.30 – 11.15 Refreshment break
11.15 – 12.15 Presentations
Room 1: Irene Power: “Beekeeping and a full time job ”
Room 2: Jim Vivian-Griffiths: “Mating Biology of Honey Bees”
12.15 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.30 Presentations
Room 1: Nick Bentham-Green: “Bee Improvement in Cornwall, Achievements and Aspirations”
Room 2: Jim Ryan: “Beekeeping – If the bees wrote the book”
2.30 – 2.45 Short break
2.45 – 3.45 Presentations
Room 1: Michael Maunsell: “The Drone – More to its life than we may think?”
Room 2: Jim Pearson: “Myths, Legends and Lies”
3.45 – 4.30 Refreshment break
4.30 – 5.30 Presentations
Room 1: Randy Oliver: “A Biologist/Beekeeper’s Practical Perspective on
Breeding the Ideal Bee for your Area”
Room 2: Huw Evans: “Electronic monitoring as a tool for better beekeeping and
queen breeding”
5.30 Room 1: Closing remarks from BIBBA President.


What does BIBBA Offer?

  • Encouragement to form breeding groups to improve and propagate native and near native queens.
  • Help for beekeepers to improve their bees so they suit their environment, are productive, healthy and gentle to handle.
  • Encouragement to raise queens from local stock.
  • Provision of relevant information and methods.
  • Demonstrations and workshops on practical subjects, such as colony assessment and queen rearing.

  • Publications and guidance on all aspects of bee improvement and queen rearing.
  • Support to beekeepers in areas with a high level of native bees.
  • Courses on bee improvement and raising queens, using both natural methods the bees present us with that will suit the ordinary beekeeper, and more advanced methods for those who need more queens.