Bee Improvement for All - Portishead
in conjunction with North Somerset BKA
From 9:00 until 4:30
Date:- Saturday 27 January 2018
Time:- 9.00 for 9.30-4.30 approx.
Venue:- The Folk Hall, 95 High Street, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6PR
Cost:- £10 per head adult. £5 per head for under 18, who must be accompanied by a fee paying adult. Refreshments included. Bring your own lunch.
Bookings and Enquiries:
Bookings must be made using the following link (no payments accepted on the day)
course info: https://bibba.com/bee-improvement-for-all-bifa-days/
Sustainable Beekeeping: A Future without Imports
Tickets On Sale Now
At The Eden Project
Bodelva Cornwall PL24 2SG
This exciting event has been organised in response to the increased interest in native and near native honey bees. Many beekeepers now realise the benefits of working with bees that are hardy, productive, healthy and best suit their conditions.
Bee researchers believe that native bees are an important resource that shouldn't be lost. European studies have shown that locally adapted bees perform better than imported ones, with possible health and survivability benefits. (more…)
Bee Improvement for All - Devon
within the Dartmoor National Park
From 9:00 for 9:30 until 4:30
At South Brent Village Hall,
Station Approach, South Brent, TQ10 9JL
This is a popular event to help beekeepers improve their bees by using the best of those that have survived locally. There have been around 50 BIFA days in the last 4 years, often filling the venue.
The venue is within the Dartmoor National Park, close to the A38, so on the way home from Eden for those living further north, but it is a stand-alone event, so there is no requirement to have attended the Eden event.
An all day event aimed at encouraging all beekeepers to improve their bees presented by Roger Patterson The purpose is to help all beekeepers to continuously assess their colonies, so they have a good idea of which queens to cull, and which colonies to take queen cells from when they need new queens.
There will be tuition on how to raise queens using queen cells that bees often present us with during the summer, as well as some simple “artificial” techniques that may be suitable for the more advanced beekeeper, or those working in groups.
Cost £16 including lunch/refreshments, £12 under 18 if accompanied by a paying adult. No need to have attended the Eden event on Saturday.
Bookings and Enquiries to: Kathy Lovegrove, email@example.com
AGM 2018 at Beetradex
note new venue and date
At Stoneleigh Park
Warwickshire CV8 2LG
Advance notice of a new venue for our AGM.
By holding it on the same day as Beetradex we hope to encourage more members to attend.
BIBBA Conference 2018
advance notice - reserve the date
At Royal Agricultural University
Cirencester, Gloucestershire UK
BIBBA Conference. 7-9 Sept 2018.
BIBBA hold their conference biennially at various locations throughout the BIBBA catchment area. The very successful 2014 conference was held in Llangollen, North Wales to celebrate BIBBA's 50th anniversary, followed by the Isle of Man in 2016, now Gloucestershire.
There will be the opportunity to meet beekeepers from such varied regions as the Channel Islands, Cornwall, Kent, East Anglia, Northumberland, Scotland and the Isles, Cumbria, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and all places in between.
About the conference
The conference will be open to all beekeepers, whether BIBBA members or not. Everyone is welcome.
There will be an exciting programme over three days, with various options so you can attend all three days or single days if you wish.
There will be three presentations at any one time to choose from, plus a variety of workshops.
The 3 parallel streams of lectures are roughly divided as follows:
- Bee breeding, bee improvement and queen rearing techniques. The topics will satisfy those who wish to improve their bees and those locally, by helping them to produce their own queens from stock that suits their environment, rather than rely on buying queens, possibly imported, that may not.
- General beekeeping topics to suit everyone, whatever their experience or interest. The presentations will help beekeepers to understand their bees better, so they can develop their management methods.
- From Beginner to Intermediate will fill the gap after the beginner stage that is often neglected. Presentations will be at a level to encourage greater understanding of a colony of bees.
There will be around 45 presentations plus workshops from around 30 of the best presenters you will find at one event: some you won't get a chance to hear very often.
Whatever your experience or interest, from the beginner to long time beekeeper, there will be something for you. All participants are free to attend whichever lecture they choose, but workshops must be pre-booked.
This is still being planned and will be displayed when complete. Please check later.
Presenters who have agreed to attend so far are:-
- Per Kryger Denmark
- Jo Widdicombe Cornwall
- Tony Jefferson Yorkshire
- Jim Ryan Tipperary
- Steve Rose Denbighshire
- Willie Robson Northumberland
- Pete Sutcliffe Cheshire
- Roger Patterson West Sussex
- Kevin Williams Carmarthenshire
- Anne Rowberry Somerset
- Paul Cross Bangor University
- Jim Pearson Yorkshire
- Keith Pierce Dublin
- Michael Collier Shropshire
- Peter Jenkins Ceredigion
- Andrew Abrahams Colonsay
- Brian Dennis Northamptonshire
- Mike Saunders Herefordshire
- Lynfa Davies
- Jess Kevill
- John Chambers
The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. https://www.rau.ac.uk/
The University is easy to access from the M4 and M5. The nearest rail station is Kemble, around 5 miles away. Those arriving by air will need to plan their journey well. If arriving at Bristol Airport there is a shuttle bus to Temple Meads Station for the train to Kemble. From Heathrow there is a reasonable coach service.
Accommodation is available onsite. There is also a huge variety of alternatives within a short distance of the venue including hotels, B&Bs and sites for camping, caravans and motorhomes.
Arrangements have been made for delegates to arrive on Thursday and leave on Monday. The conference will be opened on Thursday evening with a lecture.
Online booking will open soon.