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Breeding Techniques and Selection for Breeding of the Honeybee – Ruttner – download pdf

Members can download a copy of this book for their personal use. This electronic download is ONLY available to current BIBBA members. It is strictly copyright protected against any distribution, loaning, display, broadcasting, selling or copying. By downloading this file, you agree to these terms and […]
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The Honeybees of the British Isles – Beowulf Cooper – download pdf

Members can download a copy of this book free of charge for their personal use, if logged in to the website.This electronic download is ONLY available to current BIBBA members. It is strictly copyright protected against any distribution, loaning, display, broadcasting, selling or copying. By downloading this file, you agree to these terms and […]
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BIBBA Books

[…]beekeeper can have their own sustainable supply of quality queens for many years to come. these books may also be available from […]

Constitution-2008

[…]transmit or display and circulate gratuitously or otherwise such papers, bulletins, newsletters, books, periodicals, pamphlets, programmes or such other documents or films as shall further the said objectives. Purchase, take on lease or exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any property and any rights and privileges necessary for the promotion of the said objectives and construct, maintain and alter any buildings […]

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

[…]“half a century after the explanation was found to be scientifically unsound, many beekeeping books and articles still perpetuate the myth the the IOW disease was caused by the tracheal mite Acarapis woodi “; a prominent example being H.R.C.Riches, President of the Central Association of Beekeepers and past President of the British Beekeepers Association in 1992. Even today similar claims […]
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BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]Bees, using simple modern methods. This is a BIBBA Publication available from Northern Bee Books online. If you do not have or cannot obtain a copy, I can email information to you. This sheet can be used to choose your queen just by using the body colour section alone which gives a very high degree of accuracy, but there are […]

News for Non-Members – June 2020

Welcome to BIBBA News for Non-members – June 2020 CHAIR’S WELCOME After the glorious May weather, many of us were wondering when the rain and cooler weather would come. Well, I guess we need to be careful what we wish for! In this June issue you will be able to: keep up to date with NatBIP strategy be aware of […]

BIBBA Monthly – December 2020

[…]reliable signs for a reasonably experienced beekeeper. It was so reliable it is in all the older books. For some reason these signs don’t always apply any more. I have been fooled in recent years, when I know a colony is queenless, yet the bees are calm and quiet and are going about their business as if they are queenright. […]

History

[…]beekeepers on management of colonies. This continued after Beo’s death. One of the first books published after his death was the ‘Honeybees of the British Isles’. This book was the result of excellent editorship by Philip Denwood using the vast amount of notes left by Beo. This sets out the management techniques developed by Beo based on observation and recording, […]

Brian Dennis

[…]written a book on making mead and honey drinks (Good Health & Long Life published by Northern Bee Books). I have made a Country Tracks film produced by the BBC on making mead. I have acted as honey Judge. I enjoy attending local & national shows, which enables me to meet the public and promote bees and beekeeping. I regularly […]

Roger Patterson

[…]rearing and bee improvement. He is a prolific lecturer, demonstrator and writer, being author of books, booklets and a regular contributor to the bee press. Roger now owns and maintains Dave Cushman’s website www.dave-cushman.net, that is widely recognised as one of the world’s most comprehensive beekeeping websites. He is the author of “Beekeeping. A Practical Guide”. He is a past BBKA Trustee and […]

“Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

[…]bees, as well as giving information to those who wish to raise more queens. Some speakers and books don’t serve the beekeeper with a few colonies very well, as they often use methods that are beyond the needs of the ordinary beekeeper. This course is organised to help and encourage beekeepers of all abilities to improve their bees, using simple […]

BIFA feedback

[…]and sold sandwiches and cakes, Spinks Compact came to take orders for honey jars, and Northern Bee Books put on an excellent display of beekeeping books. On the appointed day, we got up bright and early, looked out of the window, and – oh no! – snow as far as the eye could see. Snow in Yorkshire can really put […]

Native Honey Bees

[…]“British Black Bee” is extinct”. This is still peddled by writers and speakers who read old books, or simply don’t want to accept the native bee still exists. “The “British Black Bees” were wiped out by the “Isle of Wight” disease”. There is nobody left now who can remember the IoW disease and all they are doing is to copy […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

Why The Native Bee Is The Best Bee For The British Climate There is a tendency amongst some beekeepers to believe that the “grass is greener on the other side of the fence”, that imported bees are superior to the indigenous bee. In the pre-war years of the 20th century many kinds of imported bees were tried, but the Italian […]

Local bees better than imports

locally adapted strains of honey bee consistently performed better than the “foreign” strains. Honey bee genotypes and the environment In recent years, much attention has been focused on the global problem of honey bee colony losses. Among the many explanations for these losses, variability in the genetic makeup and vitality of honey bee populations might help to explain some of […]

Downloads Old

[…]compatible freeware spreadsheet applications. Download the stud book instruction manual Here or in pdf formatHere.  Peter Edwards’ Stud Book  Download  Based on Stephen Loughborough’s original this version (V3.45) deals with more criteria. The link is a page that covers archived previous versions of both the Spreadsheet and the Instructions as well as the latest ones. Theinstruction manual is in MS Word […]

Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]tutors who will be teaching from their own experience, not simply recycling from books or the web. Please accept the tutors may not have experience of all methods - few people have, however, there will be several options discussed and demonstrated, so you can make your own mind up which you prefer. This course will be fun, interactive and full […]

Steve Rose Queen Rearing

[…]excluder in place) so that the queen pheromones have normal access to the box again. Download pdf of full article:Queen Rearing Method – Steve Rose July […]

Bacteria Help Honey Bee Larvae

Honey bees are under constant pressure from a whole host of stresses—diseases, poor nutrition,sublethal effects of pesticides, and many others. While researchers have been aware for a number of years of a community of bacteria in adult bees that may aid with some of these stresses,Agricultural Research Service researchers have identified the first bacteria that offer a benefit to bee […]

Genetic Origin & Survival

The influence of genetic origin and its interaction with environmental effects on the survival of Apis mellifera L. colonies in […]

Join a Group

BIBBA are encouraging beekeepers to join together to form groups. If you are already running a Bee Improvement group working towards raising local queens or improving Apis melifera melifera stocks, or if you wish to start and organise such a group, please complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/6784oVS9LLoV7PAO2 If you do not feel able to set up a group yourself but would […]

Controlled Mating and Hygienic Behaviour

[…]or virgin queens to mate locally, can result in colonies with high levels of hygiene. Full text pdf Keywords Apis mellifera, hygienic behaviour, instrumental insemination, natural mating, […]

Clive de Bruyn “BIBBA in the Isle of Man 40+ years ago”

[…]Clive has travelled widely to study beekeeping (30+ countries). He is the author of several books and papers. Currently he is running 100+ colonies for honey, pollination and the sale of queens and nuclei whilst undertaking overseas extension work in the winter. Lecture Title: “BIBBA in the Isle of Man 40+ years ago” In the 1970s I was the group’s […]
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Conference

[…]was open to all beekeepers, whether BIBBA members or not. download Conference Programme as pdf There were two streams of presentations to choose from, click on the names to see full details: Accompanied persons programme There was insufficient interest to run a  programme for partners. click for Information on the Isle of Man, Transport and Accomodation The organisers of the […]

Conference 2016 Archive

[…]was open to all beekeepers, whether BIBBA members or not. download Conference Programme as pdf There were two streams of presentations to choose from, click on the names to see full details: Accompanied persons programme There was insufficient interest to run a programme for partners. click for Information on the Isle of Man, Transport and Accomodation The organisers of the […]

BBOBI Group – March April 2019 Newsletter

We know everyone is busy, but thought we’d draft a little newsletter of the topics covered in March and April. Tried to keep it short, but please get in touch if you need more information on any of the topics. Links and names have been included to try help you Google your way. As with all our communications – please […]

Buzz

Bibba Buzz January […]

Jeroen Vorstman “Queen Rearing Simplified”

After my study of Forestry and Nature Conservation I began beekeeping and started as a professional pollinating beekeeper. I worked for Wageningen University and Research Center for the bee research unit and for 8 years as Managing Director for the Dutch Beekeepers Association. I wrote the book “Beekeeping for Everyone” (in Dutch) and now I’m working on my second book, […]
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Phil Chandler “Balanced Beekeeping: Top Bars, Eco Floors and Black Bees”

[…]‘modern’ beekeeping and suggested alternatives. Since then, I have published another three books, mostly concerned with what I now call “balanced beekeeping”. My current project is to help to re-establish thriving populations of our native black bees. Web site – biobees.com Lecture Title: “Balanced Beekeeping: Top Bars, Eco Floors and Black Bees” I will talk about my experiences with top […]
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New Approach to the Mitotype Classification

New Approach to the Mitotype Classification in Black Honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera and Iberian Honeybee Apis mellifera iberiensis R. A. Ilyasova, A. V. Poskryakova, A. V. Petukhovb, and A. G. Nikolenkoa Abstract—The black honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera L. is today the only subspecies of honeybee which is suitable for commercial breeding in the climatic conditions of Northern Europe with long […]

Work with Bangor University

North Wales BIBBA groups team up with South Clwyd Beekeepers and Bangor University. This work was started during the beekeeping season of 2011 and has now reached the point where some very valuable data and techniques could emerge.  The first study by Bangor concerned a survey of bee wings throughout South Clwyd. The wings were analysed using DrawWing and Morphplot. […]

BIM 47 – Autumn 2016

[…]a key factor to beekeeping and I wanted to create the boxes cheaply. BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 46 – Winter 2015

[…]Press Release – Norman Carreck ….and Membership Information BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine (if logged […]

BIBBA AGM 2017

Order of the Day 09.30       Coffee & biscuits. 10.00       Welcome from President. 10.15   Lecture.   ‘Every little helps – excellent progress being made in  Cornwall’: Nicholas Bentham-Green. 11.15         Break. 11.30        Annual General Meeting. Open Forum – an opportunity for members to discuss issues of common interest and ask questions. BIBBA Accounts- to AGM 2017 Standing Orders present Budget 2017 BIBBA_Trustee_s_Report_2017 […]

Pay by Cheque

Membership Subscription by Cheque (UK banks only) If you wish to pay by sterling cheque, please make it payable to ‘BIBBA’  and post to: Alla Neal Cairn Cottage Spring Lane New Milton BH25 5QB Subscription: ordinary (UK & RoI) single: £25 joint (two at same address UK & RoI) £35 renewal each year on 1st January Please write your membership […]

BIFA – Colchester

Course fees: Including refreshments but not lunch. Please bring your own. Adult                            £12.50 Under 18                      £8.00    Please make cheques payable to Colchester BKA. and send to:- Mrs Barbara Sharp, 3 Fordwich Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex, CO7 0RE Telephone 01206 302466 or 01206 302005 e-mail No receipt will be issued. Attendances may be accepted on the day, but only […]

The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

[…]“l’abeille noire” https://www.pollinis.org/admin/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/abeille-noire-6.pdf In addition to the many factors that are decimating bee colonies around the world, the black bee, the local bee, is facing a race for short-term profitability which favours the import of bees that are often unsuitable for our areas and are more fragile. A marvel of adaptation Lively, frugal and resistant, the black bee has been […]

BIM 48 – Winter 2016/17

[…]Improvement – Roger Patterson One and Two Day Practical Courses BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIPCo 6th Annual Bee Improvement Day

BIPCo would like to invite beekeepers to the 6th Annual Bee Improvement Day   A one-day event organised by the Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo)   To be held at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AE on Saturday 18th February 2017 commencing at 9.00am for registration (9.30am start) until 3.30pm   A day for all those interested in […]

BIM 43 – Spring 2014

[…]List – Roger Patterson 50th Anniversary Conference in Llangollen BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine (if logged […]