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

Bee Improvement Magazine No 47 – Contents

  • Queen raising – Alan Brown
  • Burzyan wild-hive honeybees – R. A. Ilyasov,
  • M. N. Kosarov. A. Neal, F. G. Yumaguzhin
  • Queen rearing on the Isle of Man – John Evans
  • The SMARTBEES project – Jo Widdicombe
  • Conferences and Workshops – Roger Patterson
  • Working for a better bee – Mark Edwards
  • Polynucs – Peter Edwards
  • QR at Keepers Cottage – Peter Edwards
  • Black bees in Wales – Eifion Williams

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Work with Bangor University

North Wales BIBBA groups have teamed up with South Clwyd Beekeepers and Bangor University.
The first study by Bangor concerned a survey of bee wings throughout South Clwyd. The wings were analysed using DrawWing and Morphplot. The samples were collected by BIBBA breeding groups and members of SCBKA and then tested by a number of BIBBA queen rearers and the Bangor researcher Elise Keller.
A similar study was conducted in 2015 by Bangor’s Sue Loughran and a third one in 2016 by Bangor’s Cheryl Owen.
Starting this winter it is hoped that a particularly interesting study will be conducted which compares the DNA of the samples collected in 2015 and 2016 with their wing patterns and behavioural traits.
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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.