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Jo Widdicombe

[…]Science. Now retired from his own business (shop selling greengrocery, wholefoods, flowers, plants etc.) which he ran with his wife for 35 years. Jo has been a beekeeper for nearly 40 years and currently runs about 150 hives with the help of two assistants. Was Secretary of Cornwall BKA for 9 years and Chairman of Southwest Group of Bee Farmers […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]evidence is sparse but bees probably appeared on the planet about the same time as flowering plants in the Cretaceous period, 146 to 74 million years ago. The oldest known fossil bee, a stingless bee named Trigona prisca, was found in the Upper Cretaceous of New Jersey,U.S.A. and dates from 96 to 74 million years ago. It is indistinguishable from […]
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The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

[…]make it an excellent harvester and disseminator of pollen, thus ensuring the survival of many wild plants and contributing to the yields and quality of a large part of agricultural production. Particularly well adapted to the European climate, this local bee is more resistant to diseases and the workers are known for their longevity. She is able to cope with the extreme […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

From the President – Jo Widdicombe I like to do a spot check to see roughly what percentage are of native appearance. The figure goes up and down a bit according to who has what bees in the area. 53 AGM Notice Trials and Tribulations – Frank Hilton The regeneration of the black bee would eliminate the necessity to import […]


[…]said that you can’t underestimate the importance of Honey bees in maintaining the variety of plants and trees around the estate, and maintaining populations of well adapted native bees should be a priority in the county. Claire North, Visitor Services & Enterprises Manager at Godolphin, said they are pleased to part of such an upsurge in interest in our own Cornish […]

BIM 45 – Spring 2015

[…]of honey bee strains. Introduction of exotic bees – Brian Dennis The movement of food, plants and hive products around the world increases the risk of the importation of exotic animals and diseases. Echoes from the past I have ascertained beyond doubt that the good old British bee still exists . . . 2014 Conference – Margaret Murdin There were […]

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NatBIP News No 7

[…]said the other day, on Gardeners Question Time, “The reason we do not save seed from F1 hybrid plants is that the offspring produced will consist of some good plants and some bad”. Consistency cannot be produced from hybridised seeds or, in our case, from hybridised bees. Picking up the pieces Our task is to move from the position we […]