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

Webinar – Season Three

22nd Sept       "The National Bee Improvement Programme - Outline"  Jo Widdicombe
29th Sept        "More details of the National Bee Improvement Programme and Participation"     Jo Widdicombe
6thOct            “Global pandemics, bee imports and native bees"    Norman Carreck
13th Oct          “My 50 years experiences of imported bees affecting local stock"        Peter Jenkins
20th Oct          “Resilient Honeybees"    Grace McCormack
27th Oct          “Where we are, how we got here and how we can move on……."    Roger Patterson
3rd Nov           “Some Fresh Ideas for Teaching and Learning"    Roger Patterson
10th Nov         “Bees and queens for everyone"   Roger Patterson
17th Nov         “Answering Your Questions"        All Speakers ...
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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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