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

AGM rearranged: 12:45pm Saturday 14th April at BBKA Convention, Harper Adams

Albert Knight

Albert Knight

an appreciation of one of BIBBA's stalwarts, by Brian P. Dennis and Roger Patterson.
and funeral arrangements
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Report and Accounts for 2017

BIBBA Trustees' Report and Accounts for 2017
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AGM 2018 at Harper Adams

12:45 - note new venue and date

11 - 12Jun2018

Two Day Course - North Wales

Improving bees by raising your own queens- theory and practical

13 - 14Jun2018

Two Day Course - Warwickshire

Improving bees by raising your own queens- theory and practical

07 - 09Sep2018

BIBBA Conference 2018

advance notice - reserve the date

Bee Improvement Magazine

BIM 50 - Winter 2017

BIM 50 – Winter 2017

  • From the President – Jo Widdicombe
  • 54 AGM Notice 14th April, Harper Adams
  • B4 Press Release
  • Mount Edgcumbe – Mark Edwards
  • BIBBA Conference – Roger Patterson
  • More Queen Rearing Myths – Roger Patterson
  • Winter Losses – Beowulf Cooper
  • SICAMM Conference – Philip Denwood
  • Locally Adapted Bees – Dorian Pritchard
  • Queen Assessment – Dorian Pritchard
  • How not to Rear Queens – Kevin Thorn
  • Beekeeping on Scilly – Jo Widdicombe

More information on Bee Improvement Magazine

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.