Event List


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/


Bodelva Cornwall PL24 2SG

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…)

Station Approach, South Brent, TQ10 9JL

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, anemone1975@talktalk.net

Warwickshire CV8 2LG

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.

07 - 09Sep2018
Cirencester, Gloucestershire UK

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

The Programme

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
  • Daisy
  • Lynfa Davies
  • Jess Kevill
  • John Chambers

The venue

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.