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

BIBBA 2019 AGM will be held at BeeTradex Stoneleigh on 9th March 2019

Sustainable Bees & Queens

Sustainable Bees & Queens

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate.
In response to the obvious need the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association  are staging a series of one day regional events during the 2018/19 winter. These are to help and encourage everyone from the small-scale beekeeper upwards and BKAs to produce bees and queens from local stock, by using simple techniques that may be little more than a variation of what many beekeepers already do and at little or no cost.
The Eden Project's 2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping

The Eden Project’s 2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping

B4 & BIBBA Groups SW are delighted to announce a second Sustainable Beekeeping Conference to be held in the beautiful Core Building at The Eden Project Tickets are now on sale through Eventbrite ...
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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.
Non-members can sign up for a free copy of BIBBA Humm, which gives updates on BIBBA activities ...
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  • 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.