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NatBIP News No9

[…]area resulting in further hybridisation of the local population. This hybridisation of our local bees makes bee improvement in our area more difficult, as hybrids do not breed true and, therefore, make selection and improvement a slow and difficult task. The National Bee Improvement Programme Who can participate in NatBIP? One of the mating nucs at the Special Apiary Project […]

September 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]evolving really well, engaging with the local community, steadely earning trust with the island's beekeepers. More bee keepers have engaged with the Project thanks to the 'Game of Drones', a talking point on the islands by the locals and visitors, and also thanks to the recent Sunday broadcast on BBC Radio 4!   Supporting and engaging with the local schools has proved […]

Winter Wax Processing, Yorkshire Style!

[…]that I like to get out of the way is processing all the cappings and old combs from the previous beekeeping season. I’ve been using an old kit from Thornes for many years. Whilst this is well built, I often find that, if I have lots of cappings that I need to process, it struggles to cope. So I decided […]

August 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]60’s and this is what BIBBA has always been committed to; we just refer to it now as sustainable bees and beekeeping based on the native or near native honey bee. Unfortunately, honey bees now have many more challenges in the first half of the 21st Century and projects such as the ones at Abberton and Sandringham are very important. […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]together, or an association’s breeding programme. Basis of the Method In September 2016, at the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Association (BIBBA) conference on the Isle of Man, I was lucky enough to attend an excellent presentation on queen rearing by the Dutch commercial beekeeper Jeroen Vorstman.  I had been raising queens myself quite successfully for some time using the […]
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