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

Bee Improvement Magazine

BIM 49 - Spring 2017

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

  • From the President – Jo Widdicombe
  • Trials and Tribulations – Frank Hilton
  • Are you a Natural Beekeeper? – Brian Dennis
  • Natural Beekeeping – Philip Denwood
  • Racial Profiling of Mongrels – Paul Honigmann
  • Bee Improvement and QR – R Patterson
  • History of Manx beekeeping – Cilla Platt
  • Making Increase – Brian Dennis
  • Locally Adapted Bees – Wally Shaw
  • Bee Races in Switzerland – Balser & Padruot Fried
  • B4 Press Release – Plymouth University
  • SICAMM Conference – Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda
  • Intelligence v. Chemical Responses – Brian Dennis
  • This is a non-smoking area – Brian Dennis

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BIBBA Open Day - Improve Your Bees

BIBBA Open Day – Improve Your Bees

A day of theory and practice for all beekeepers: This is an all day summer event to help increase the knowledge of beekeepers of all abilities on bee improvement. Attendees are encouraged to rear queens from desirable colonies that are docile, calm on the comb, productive and suit their local conditions.

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 projects 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.