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[…]one descriptive name, so avoiding confusion with all the local names. See How many honey bee sub-species are there? Expand This is a topic that scientists disagree on, as a few sub-species are considered by some to be local variations of others. In general, 26 – 30 are commonly stated. Why are there so many sub-species and why are […]

BIBBA’s Special Apiary Project: Sandringham

[…]projectThe Sandringham estateFinding and setting up the ApiaryResourcing the ApiaryAbberton Black Bee project visitOur chosen breeding methodologiesBuilding the project year 1Upgrading and future proofing the ApiaryOur experience and learning in year 1Our Experience to date in Year 2Our aims and plans moving […]

NatBIP News No13

[…]whilst artificial selection, by the beekeeper, selects those qualities that we want to see in our bees. Bees that perform well under local conditions are favoured, building up a population of locally adapted bees. Due to the difficult starting position in many areas which have very mixed stock, queens can be brought in from other beekeepers who are working to […]

Karl Colyer – Bee Rescues

We’ve probably all seen or heard about Swarm Collectors and what they do. Some bees get to set up a new home and it can often be in people’s homes and gardens. This talk will show some examples of bee extractions from walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, trees and sheds to give an idea of what can be found and how […]

NatBIP News No12

[…]Natural and artificial selection work well together and represent the partnership between the bee and the beekeeper and result in an improved drone population. How can small-scale beekeepers have any bearing on the local drone populations? General principles get us moving in the right direction, but small-scale beekeepers may feel that they have little chance of influencing things for the […]

BBKA Spring Convention

NatBIP is all about genetic stability of local bee populations through a framework of sustainable beekeeping. Bee Improvement is the route to genetic stability. Events BIBBA runs and maintains a website designed bring beekeepers and training together. Read More NatBIP This is an initiative has the twin aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into the […]

NatBIP News No11

[…]Bee Improvement Programme is not prescriptive about what qualities we should strive for in our bees. It is much better if beekeepers decide for themselves what is important to them, and they are far more likely to progress if they work to their own ideas rather than be made to accept the views of others. Having said that the chances […]