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BIPCo 6th Annual Bee Improvement Day

BIPCo would like to invite beekeepers to the 6th Annual Bee Improvement Day
A one-day event organised by the
Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo)
To be held at
Lanhydrock Memorial Hall, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AE
on Saturday 18th February 2017
commencing at 9.00am for registration (9.30am start) until 3.30pm
A day for all those interested in improving the quality of their bees through the assessment, selection and rearing of queens and drones
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BIM 48 – Winter 2016/17

  • Miniature tracking device – Paul Cross
  • BIBBA Conference – Viki Cuthbertson
  • Quest to Improve the Manx honey bee – Johnny Kipps, Peter Long & Daren Wood
  • Bee house on the Isle-of-Man – Roger Patterson
  • BIBBA Conference; some thoughts – R Patterson
  • State of Nature – Anon
  • Varroa resistance – Gareth John
  • Dark bees in Cornwall – Bob Black
  • Ardnamurchan native bees – Kate Atchley .
  • Queen raising criteria in N.E. European Russia – Anna Brandorf & Marija Ivoilova
  • Bee Improvement – Roger Patterson

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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 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.