BIBBA encourages the formation of local bee improvement and breeding groups in the British Isles and Republic of Ireland who support the objectives of BIBBA to improve and propagate the native and near native honey bees.
Benefits of Local Groups
Many beekeepers only have a small number of colonies, so they find it easier to work with others. A group will have beekeepers with different expertise that can be pooled. Even the newest beekeepers can have a useful role until they gain knowledge and experience.A local group can pool expertise of different disciplines… honey bee management, record keeping, queen rearing, equipment making, administration, etc. More beekeepers means there are more colonies to select material from and to provide good quality drones, as well as maximising the number of colonies under management, evaluation and study.Groups can liaise with one another and with scientific institutions if they wish. They can distribute genetic material beyond their own confines to wider circles of beekeepers, thereby improving bees overall.
Where to now?
Check the map and view the entries below; if there is a group near you then get in touch, otherwise contact the groups secretary
There are several things you need to consider including:-
- Do you need a constitution, so members know what is expected?
- What assessment criteria do you want in your bees?
- How are you going to operate?
- Do you need funding?
- Can you combine with a local BKA?
You may already have the expertise, but if not, then BIBBA can offer help and tuition, perhaps from other groups or experienced individuals. We ask only that one person in a group is a member of BIBBA, although we hope more will join over time.
The B4Project Aims to:-
1. Establish the extent, uniqueness and quality of native Amm stocks that are present within Cornwall.
2. Identify potential areas of conservation and protection of Cornish Amm stocks.
3. Encourage local groups to use local stock. (more…)
Assessment of colonies for the degree of varroa tolerance via grooming, removal and damage. Selection of the best for drone and queen production. (more…)
This group covers a substantial area stretching from the Dee valley (Glyn Dyfrdwy) between Corwen and Bala and Westwards to Cwm Main on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. The aim of the group is to achieve a high percentage of quality native or near-native drones in the district so that everyone in the area can let their virgins mate freely, (more…)
download the Groups Handbook here; there is also information in BIM 33