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Bees for Sale

[…]seller supports the objectives of BIBBA. Learn to Create Your Own: NatBIP Guide Roger’s “Free Bees and Queens for Everyone” roadshow. Two Frame Nucs Contact a Local BIBBA Group: We have a number of Bee Improvement Groups around the UK. Often these groups have surplus bees and queens. Click here to find your nearest group. Members wishing to sell bees […]

Native Honey Bees

[…]for many of the problems in the early 20th century. We now know that acarine mites infest young bees andAmm bees have tougher hairs that cover the spiracles, preventing many mites from infesting the bees. Amm retain more waste matter in the gut than other races, Italians in particular, meaning they can wait longer between cleansing flights, rather than soil […]

Local bees better than imports

[…]results of these experiments show that the locally adapted strains of honey bee consistently performed better than the “foreign” strains. This may seem logical to many bee scientists, but may come as something as a shock for many beekeepers who believe that purchased queens are likely to be in some way “better” than the bees that they already have in […]

Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]may be quite 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 […]

Jim Vivian-Griffiths “Mating Biology of Honey Bees

[…]sites in Monmouthshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. I am now in my 10th year as trainer for Dean Forest BKA, which is a branch of Gloucestershire BKA. We run courses for the Basic Assessment, Microscopy and Module Examinations. Our aims are to improve our own and our members’ beekeeping practices, so that we have healthy bees and safe beekeepers in our […]
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Bees for Sale

[…]seller supports the objectives of BIBBA. Learn to Create Your Own: NatBIP Guide Roger’s “Free Bees and Queens for Everyone” roadshow. Two Frame Nucs Contact a Local BIBBA Group: We have a number of Bee Improvement Groups around the UK. Often these groups have surplus bees and queens. Click here to find your nearest group. Members wishing to sell bees […]

Conserving black bees

[…]old adage “poor farmers raise wealthy beekeepers” holds good. There are good pollen sources for bees throughout the year, from gorse in February right through to heath­ers in August and September. How­ever, cold, wet weather can confine foragers to their hives for weeks. The Blacks’ adaptive trait of storing slabs of excess pollen gathered during good spells keeps queens laying […]

BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter

[…]additional 5 frame brood boxes added above, to make 2 story 10 frame hives. AMM Nucs and Queens for saleThis set up allows use to bring on the queens into full lay and to assess their performance.  It allows us to sell 5 frame nucs or mated queens.  We can also supply spare virgin queens to BBOBI members to get […]

March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]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 is an […]

BIBBA Books

[…]number of queen imports into the UK and their genetic impact on the locally adapted and native bees. For many, weak eyes and trembling hands make the idea of larval transfer via grafting a worrying challenge, especially when the larva is separated from its royal jelly and the potential princess bee is often bumped unceremoniously into a plastic cup of […]

Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

[…]feeding unless really necessary using well insulated hives with eco-floors only acquiring bees from reliable, local sources encouraging the creation of pollinator patches. We were fortunate to find a 2.7 acre site within the 19 acre grounds of a large nursing home run by the religious order, the Sisters of Nazareth, within the city of Lancaster. Over the next 12 […]