for the conservation, restoration, study, selection and improvement of native or near-native honeybees of the British Isles

click link from 7:25 on Tuesday 3rd November

Zoom Links for Webinars

All webinars start at 7:30pm on Tuesdays; click the link from 7:25pm

or go to and enter the zoom id code listed after each date below to join the webinar; you do not need to pre-register for each webinar, but can sign up for reminders. You will need to register with zoom if you have not used it before.


22nd Sept view recording “The National Bee Improvement Programme – Outline” Jo Widdicombe

29th Sept view recording “More details of the NatBIP and Participation” Jo Widdicombe

6th Oct view recording “Global pandemics, bee imports and native bees” Norman Carreck

13th Oct view recording “My 50 years experiences of imported bees affecting local stock” Peter Jenkins

20th Oct view recording “Resilient Honeybees” Grace McCormack

27th Oct view recordingWhere we are, how we got here and how we can move on…….” Roger Patterson

3rd Nov 935 2058 8137 “Some Fresh Ideas for Teaching and Learning” Roger Patterson

10th Nov 938 3776 4966 “Bees and queens for everyone” Roger Patterson

17th Nov 920 3520 3903 “Answering Your Questions” All Speakers

BIBBA Monthly News

BIBBA Monthly October 2020

BIBBA Monthly October 2020

NatBIP webinars
Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees
Queens – an example of collaboration between beekeepers
Bee business for sale
Future webinars
More information on BIBBA Monthly News

A Proposal for a
National Honey Bee Improvement Programme
There are concerns by beekeepers of all levels about the dangers of the ever-increasing queen and bee imports into the U.K. These have increased fivefold between 2011 and 2019. As well as the risk of bringing in pests and diseases, imported bees have been shown to be less well-equipped for survival in our climate and conditions. In addition, continuous hybridisation of sub-species makes the selection and improvement of our stock more difficult.
BIBBA has developed a strategy document titled “National Bee Improvement Programme” and is soliciting interest, support and feedback from other stakeholder organisations, groups and beekeepers for a national approach to selecting and improving a locally adapted bee population. The aim is to reduce the health risks posed by imports whilst at the same time improving the quality of our bees for everyone ...
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Members can download a copy of ‘The Honeybees of the British Isles’

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.
Non-members can sign up for a free copy of BIBBA Humm, which gives updates on BIBBA activities ...
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