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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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Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]isolated. For security reasons we ask the location is not disclosed to anybody. For working at the bees, bee suits and gloves are not essential, but head protection is. What is or isn’t included? A one day practical and online video. Pre – COVID, this was a 2 day course, but the videos now replace the first day. Please see […]

BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter

[…]the 2021 beekeeping season.  For me personally, it was the worst season I’ve had in 15 years of beekeeping.  Cold weather then, near continuous rain, well into May, meant the queen rearing was off to a very slow start.  To put 2021 into context, I spent more money on buyer sugar to feed my starving hives than I did on […]

NatBIP News No8

[…]goes on. The National Bee Improvement Programme is designed to promote the partnership between bees and beekeepers, for the mutual benefit of both. The Programme centres around its participants not its organisers. We really welcome the input of ideas and descriptions of practices that you have found work for you. If it is good for you, it is probably good […]

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March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]from warmer climates to the frozen north. “Bees from faraway places never do as well as local bees, the best bees for you are in your yard or in your neighbour’s yard, raise queens from them”. If it works for him why do we need imports? Is it because those importing aren’t capable of raising their own queens? Watching this […]

Scillonian Bee Project

[…]Scillonian weather, in particular the long dry summers. ​This is more than likely because honeybees have been imported (but luckily from varroa free locations, Colonsay, and the Isle of Man). Another part of the Project will be to take an annual DNA sample from as many colonies as pos)sible so that we can use the results to help the bees […]

Let’s Go Beekeeping!

[…]that he has. So, as Roger says, “beekeeping is fun”: join us on a journey through the craft of beekeeping. Let’s Go Beekeeping! Using a Toggle Hive Strap Colony Assessment Assembling National Beehive Brood Box and Super: Roger's Way! Assembling a National British Standard Brood Frame for a Bee Hive (DN1) The Roger Patterson Way! Introducing a Protected Queen Cell […]

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[…]Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), with the aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]and others, with a bias toward conservation and the environment, rearing our own queens from black bees. Why do the bees rear so many drones? This piece aims to explain: why the production of a large number of drones is the inevitable consequence of the free mating of queens in drone congregations; and why this proliferation of drones is […]

Webinars – January 2022

[…]with a number of different approaches. In 2016 a number of beekeepers who wished to practice more bee-friendly methods of keeping bees founded Lune Valley Community Beekeepers and Fred became its chairman. The Group has grown steadily ever since, mainly with members new to beekeeping whose interest lies mainly in environmental matters rather than honey production. Lune Valley Beekeepers maintain […]

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[…]Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), with the aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to […]

Education & Training

[…]to get reminders Let's Go Beekeeping Roger Patterson gives practical beekeeping tips in this video series. BIBBA Publications We have a range of publications available to the public. They are available from all good beekeeping book suppliers and on Amazon. Upcoming Webinars BIBBA put together an excellent programme of speakers every year. Find out about our upcoming events. Webinar Archives […]

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[…]Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), with the aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to […]

BIBBA YouTube Videos

[…]who have inspected colonies more than 40-50 times. Queen rearing, bee improvement, locally adapted bees, etc All beekeepers should be able to get something out of this group, as the stock we keep is very important, not just for ourselves, but our surrounding beekeepers and the free-living population. General Interest The videos under this heading are suitable for all beekeepers. […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]a single graft cell when we introduced grafts on 16th August. It is not clear why this should have been so, but the bees were clearly beginning to prepare for Winter – drone numbers were very low and a lot of propolis used to seal the boxes together. Temperatures did not exceed 20C in the last 10 days of the […]

BIBBA Books

[…]appropriate. The Teaching Apiary: A brilliant resource For many years Teaching Apiaries have been used by Bee Keeping Associations (BKAs) to teach the practical side of beekeeping. Alas, not all BKA’s yet have these valuable facilities, though this book should encourage them to consider the value of having one. Roger Patterson has been involved with his local BKA teaching apiary […]

Tim Smit’s View

[…](NatBIP) into its next phase and, as part of this, we need promote our message about native honey bees and bee improvement to a much wider audience. We are therefore very pleased that Sir Tim Smit (from the Eden Project) offered to help us promote that message through this short video. Although he is not a beekeeper himself, he is […]

The Native Irish Honey Bee

[…]a ‘go to’ source of information not just for beekeepers in the island of Ireland but for all beekeepers who keep Amm bees or who want to know more. It covers all the essentials: What is a native Irish honey bee? Consideration of honey bee genetics (which will become an increasingly important issue in the 2020s as our knowledge of […]

Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

[…]Beekeepers was founded in June 2016 by a small group of beekeepers who wanted to engage in more bee-centric rather than beekeeper-centric approaches to beekeeping, and adopt a focus on improving the environment for bees rather than producing honey. These approaches included: only inspecting colonies three or four times a year unless really necessary letting the bees swarm naturally and […]

Silent Earth

[…]the agenda of debate relating to pollinators in the 2020s. This a key debate with which all beekeepers and beekeeping organisations will need to engage. BIBBA certainly intends to be at the centre of this debate. If you have not already seen it, it is well worthwhile reading Dave Goulson’s recent interview with Sarah Wyndham Lewis (of Bermondsey Street Bees) […]

Bee Improvement Strategies

[…]question any individual or group should consider is what method should I/we follow to Improve our bees and to produce queens. There are a few key choices depending on your aims, capacity (time and equipment) and capabilities. I’m assuming the reader is looking for a bee that is native and/or locally adapted. Kevin […]

LVCB Breeding Group-LA1

[…]in 2016, Lune Valley Community Beekeepers promotes a responsible, alternative, low intervention, bee-centric approach to beekeeping. With a Club apiary in Lancaster our main area of operation is the lower Lune Valley and the surrounding areas. We have just set up a breeding apiary with the objectives of providing a source of healthy, dark, docile bees, well suited to our […]