for the conservation, restoration, study, selection and improvement of native or near-native honeybees of Britain and Ireland

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Sustainable Beekeeping:  A Future without Imports 2020

Organised by, “The B4 Project”, this event is a chance to meet beekeepers and scientists saving our native dark honeybee.


East of England Bee Improvement Groups

meet beekeepers from the region to discuss Bee Improvement and queen rearing


AGM 2020 at BeeTradex

start time of the AGM 12:45 TBC

04 - 06Sep2020

SICAMM conference 2020

the International Association for the Protection of the European Dark Bee

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.

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