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John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]BIBBA website it has been edited and in places rewritten by Roger Patterson with the approval of John Harding. The original article (BIM31) contained items that can be found elsewhere. Editor’s comments I first saw a similar system in use with full sized brood chambers, which I now know to be a copy of the version first featured. I liked […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]Springer-Verlag. Ruttner F, Milner E, and Dews J E, The Dark European Honeybee,1990, BIBBA. John E. Dews September 2008 Why the native bee is the best bee for the British […]

BIM 33 – Winter 2010

[…]rearing group – Roger Patterson Warnholz Mini BiVo nuc – Dave Cushman The Harding Mini Nuc – John Harding Bee improvement – Roger Patterson Entombment follow-up – Dave Cushman BBKA Forum – Roger Patterson Morphometry Course – Dinah Sweet BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 32 – Autumn 2009

The Harding Hive Debris Floor – John Harding I wanted as much of the debris to fall out free of the hive, specifically varroa, and show my design for a slatted floor Three fertile queens in one colony – Roger Patterson Follow up of the three queens that came through the 2008/9 winter Variation in susceptibility to bee diseases among […]

BIM 31 – Spring 2009

The Harding queen raising system. John Harding A tribute to Gordon Hartshorn. Tom Rowlands Beekeeping in Northumberland. Dorian Pritchard Three fertile queens in one colony. Roger Patterson Brother Adam and the dark bee. Dorian Pritchard Breeding Group news. Jo Widdicombe The Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall. Jo Widdicombe Survey of native bees. Roger Patterson Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects. […]

Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]Increase BBKA News, Special Issue Series - Queen Rearing (2019) BIBBA Articles on Queen Rearing John Harding Queen Rearing Steve Rose Queen Rearing Methods for Rearing and Selection of Queens A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]loss of virgin queens from mini-nucs used for mating. Our original unit for graft starting was a John Harding (JH) arrangement. Some problems arose here   because at different times the queens in each tower were superseded, resulting in some reduction in colony strengths and apparently less inclination for the bees to raise queens. We now believe that the queen excluders […]

Native Honey Bees

[…]to be more prolific, so a larger brood area is needed. Low swarming. In personal communication John Dews, who was a leading authority on Amm in the U.K., told me he thought that in a natural state before man’s involvement a colony of Amm would swarm only once every 10 years. This means they are usually superseders and to keep […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]O’Toole and Anthony Raw; “The Dark European Honeybee”, Friedrich Ruttner, Eric Milner and John Dews. I shall not attempt to refute accusations of plagiarism and lack of originality, but in case my understanding of these works has been at fault, I must stress that the inferences and opinions given in the article may not always accord with those of the […]
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A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]A.m.m exist in several areas of Scotland as identified by the Scottish Bee Survey carried out by John and Morna Stoakley in 1992. A few of the Scottish mainland A.m.m. apiaries identified by Morna Stoakley using manual wing morphometry analysis were still found to have maintained their purity (Fig 1) when re-examined in 2010. Through negotiation by SBA members John […]

BIM 47 – Autumn 2016

[…]to carefully treat the wild-hive bees more carefully. . . Queen rearing on the Isle of Man – John Evans First published in Bee Improvement No.1 1998 The SMARTBEES project – Jo Widdecombe Sustainable Management of Resilient Bee Populations Conferences and Workshops – Roger Patterson One and two day Bee Improvement courses & BIFA days Working for a better bee […]

BIM 48 – Winter 2016/17

[…]beekeeper had agreed to accompany me on this odyssey. Quest to Improve the Manx honey bee – Johnny Kipps, Peter Long & Daren Wood The Isle of Man is fortunate to have a healthy population of honey bees, but there is more work to be done to protect against ongoing health threats to Manx colonies. Bee house on the Isle-of-Man […]

BIM 43 – Spring 2014

[…]by time of day (“Mondschein”or “Moonlight”) mating… Pure Mating by Time Isolation – John E Dews For ordinary beekeepers a major problem in bee breeding is the difficulty of ensuring pure matings for their selected queens. If this problem can be solved, much more rapid progress will be possible in improving the native bee by selection. Ownership of a Swarm […]

BIM 42 – Winter 2013

[…]told we must do things in a certain way and grafting is one of them. Honey Bee Improvement – John E Dews Breeding for Improvement: No honey bee colony is exactly like another, brood rearing, inclination to swarm, foraging, vigour, or susceptibility to disease, differ from colony to colony. Bee Improvement for all Days – Roger Patterson Much of modern […]

BIM 37 – Spring 2012

[…]– Roger Patterson Wing Morphometry – Peter Edwards Galtee Bee Breeding Group – Mary Ryan John Dews Update – Tony Jefferson BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 36 – Summer 2011

[…]Queen Rearing – Dinah Sweet The Native Bee – Pam Hunter Dave Cushman – Roger Patterson John Dews Obituary – various Book Review – Philip Denwood The Rose Hive Method: Challenging Conventional Beekeeping, by Tim Rowe. BIBBA Trustees BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 34 – Spring 2010

BIBBA Handbook – David Allen Beekeeping notes – Willie Robson Small scale queen rearing – John Dews Expansion & queen rearing – Chris Broad Queen rearing on a small scale – Tom Robinson JZBZ frame bar – Roger Patterson Inbreeding – Tom Robinson Pesticides and colony losses – Eric Mussen Isle of Man workshop – Doris Fischler A note on […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]gradually become more A.m.m.-like – for Oxfordshire, see the article by Gareth John, also in the last issue of Bee Improvement. This has certainly been my experience in West Hertfordshire, using National Hives managed as if they were Warrés. Perhaps this is the answer – just leave the bees alone and natural selection will make them more nearly native, which […]

BIM 30 – Winter 2008

Why the native bee is the best bee for the British climate. John E. Dews Discoidal shift. John E. Dews My approach to bee improvement. Roger Patterson Is the Dark Bee really native to Britain and Ireland? Dorian Pritchard The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations (FIBKA) and BBKA examination systems BIBBA Conference report. Breeding Groups Secretary. Jo Widdicombe The one […]

BIM 28 – Autumn 2007

[…]Mac Giolla Coda Gormanston and BIBBA – Terry Clare BIBBA General Meeting, Gormanston – John Hendrie The Gormanston Summer Course – Sandra Unwin What is BIBBA For? – Brian Dennis Reflections – Terry Clare International Conference: The Dark Bee in Russia BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

Albert Knight

[…]beekeeping, but he still retained a keen interest in what was happening. He, along with the late John Dews, persuaded me to join the BIBBA committee. Dave Cushman dedicated a page on his website to Albert, where he also lists a small selection of Albert’s writings and […]

Book title

This month’s download is from 1920 and is called “The Natural History of the Bee”, written by John Anderson. As well as some lovely hand-drawn details of bee anatomy, there is another book tagged on from page 36 called “How to Handle Bees”, from the same author. You can download the book […]

BIBBA Monthly – December 2020

[…]Roger Patterson          “Bee Improvement in a Group – Some Ideas” 13.       John Chambers           "Four incompatible approaches to bee improvement" 20.       Tony Jefferson            “Never Waste a Queen Cell” 27.       Eoghan MacGiollacoda  “Bee Farming with native/near bees” May 4.         Roger Patterson          “The teaching apiary. A brilliant resource” Is this colony queenless? By Roger Patterson Since […]

East Midlands 1998

[…]syrup and pollen should be a routine procedure when large numbers of queen cells are required. John Atkinson uses metal troughs filled with pollen to give the required pollen necessary, while Michael Mac Giolla Coda spreads a mixture of pollen and honey along the top bars of the brood frames. Next season we plan to provide both syrup and pollen […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]be an endless number of ways of rearing queens, including the Miller, Hopkins, Alley, Harden and Harding methods.  Although sometimes seen as a black art, queen-rearing is an important part of beekeeping, and every beekeeper should have access to queens of particular characteristics that they have raised themselves.  I think the secret to queen rearing is not to give up […]
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June 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]be an endless number of ways of rearing queens, including the Miller, Hopkins, Alley, Harden and Harding methods. Although sometimes seen as a black art, queen-rearing is an important part of beekeeping, and every beekeeper should have access to queens of particular characteristics that they have raised themselves. I think the secret to queen rearing is not to give up […]