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Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

[…]card is for one colony. The summaries at the end of the season can be collated onto the Apiary Record Card (4.18) which will have one row per colony giving an overview of apiary performance and any outstanding colonies. This card allows a consistent recording system to be set up using multiple apiaries involved in an improvement group. The cards […]
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Find, Mark & Clip the Queen

[…]will be ” dated ” and so it is always possible to determine her age by reference to the hive card or record book. She can be easily and quickly found at any time. It is possible to ascertain if and when she has been superseded, or if she has attempted to leave with a swarm, in which case she […]

BIM 33 – Winter 2010

[…]Unwin Local Queen Programme – Roger Patterson Assessment of colonies – Jo Widdicombe The BIBBA record card – Philip Denwood Groups – Terry Clare A model agreement – Terry Clare Queen 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 […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]hundredweights of honey in jars and tins to buyers in England for their own use and to retail. Records show that honey was traded off the island much earlier, in fact in the 17th and 18th centuries. Interesting how they did this, in what must have been skep beekeeping, and everything being transported by sea. It is recorded that by […]

NatBIP News No2

[…]as it is ‘locally adapted’. The Record Card You, or a beekeeper near you, may already have a record card for recording the qualities of the bees. If not, by all means design your own system, or look at what is offered in Section 4.1 of the NatBIP GUIDE at bibba.com. This can be used as it is, or modified, […]

NatBIP – May 2020

[…]would keep a record of every colony’s performance and characteristics, using a standardized record card. The record of performance for the previous season plus a few checks in the current season, such as how the colony has over-wintered, health of the colony, etc. will allow the choice of the best queens for breeding from, that is the ‘breeder queens’ which […]

Section 2.1 – How NatBIP will work

[…]qualities can be made every time we inspect a colony during the active season and recorded on the Record Card. Whether we are working on bee improvement as an individual, or as a group, we must decide which qualities are important to us. The fewer the qualities we wish to select, the easier it is to make progress. In this […]

Section 3.1 – The Selection of Local Stock

[…]over time according to beekeepers’ experience. In the system described, using the suggested record card, the following qualities are selected: Native appearance Temperament Swarming propensity Health and brood pattern (also over-wintering) Relative honey yield Individuals, or groups, around the country may prefer a different set of qualities and are free to adjust accordingly. What follows are the reasons for choosing […]

Section 8.1 – Dominating an Area with the Selected Strain

[…]and keeping accurate records to enable us to see at a glance our progress (see using NatBIP record card). We can then select and cull the queens that we consider don’t display the chosen traits and replace them with ones that do. We then have our colonies headed by queens we have selected. From these we can produce daughter queens […]
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NatBIP News No1

[…]Card and instruction sheet. This will also be available in the NatBIP GUIDE on the BIBBA website. Record Card The card can be printed out on A4 paper, one for each colony. It is convenient to punch holes and store in a ring binder for use in the apiary, at each inspection. Some use it as a management record as […]

NatBIP News No3

[…]we can select a queen, or queens, to use to produce the next generation of queens. Ideally, have a record card for each colony (i.e. one for each queen) and assess the colony on each inspection. The ‘NatBIP Record Card’ can be downloaded from the BIBBA website (bibba.com), for use as it is, or modified to suit personal preferences, or […]

NatBIP News No4

[…]to monitor the qualities of our queens using our own system of record-keeping or download the record card from the NatBIP GUIDE on the BIBBA website (search bibba.com). As we assess the qualities of our colonies at each inspection, we quickly build up a picture of which colony or colonies are worth rearing offspring from. Queen rearing does not have […]

NatBIP News No6

[…]for them. It was really useful to keep a detailed record of our queen lifecycle. We used the record card from BIBBA. If our predictions were accurate, we were looking to see a new queen emerging in a couple of days’ time. We think the queens emerged a day early. It was at the weekend when they decided to emerge […]

NatBIP News No8

[…]there is always room for beekeepers to submit useful tips, techniques, and ideas. The 2022 NatBIP Record Card is available for download for your use so that you can continuously assess the qualities of your bees, essential for choosing which queens to produce offspring from. Also it can freely be altered to suit your own requirements and allow you to […]

History

[…]left by Beo. This sets out the management techniques developed by Beo based on observation and recording, and contains a wealth of information on many aspects of the craft that is rarely mentioned in other publications.Beo Cooper died suddenly in 1982, but he left behind an organisation that has continued with policies formed at its inception. As BIBBA attracted members […]

Links

[…]through the eyes of biologist Randy Oliver: “this site is a record of my learning process as I try to understand aspects of colony health and productivity, and the reasons why various management techniques work (or don’t)” NBU- National Bee Unit – BeeBase BeeBase is the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) National Bee Unit website providing information for beekeepers […]

Constitution-2008

[…]Committee meetings together with an agenda of the business to be conducted thereat. The attendance record of all members at Central Committee meetings shall be recorded in the Annual Report. Executive members are not empowered to appoint deputies to the Central Committee. No employee of the Association shall be a member of the Central Committee but they may be invited […]

Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Groups

[…]and experience.A local group can pool expertise of different disciplines… honey bee management, record keeping, queen rearing, equipment making, administration, etc. More beekeepers means there are more colonies to select material from and to provide good quality drones, as well as maximising the number of colonies under management, evaluation and study.Groups can liaise with one another and with scientific institutions if […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]in the colony. The present situation Apiculture has been practiced in Europe and Asia throughout recorded history. For most of the time the honey bees kept in any country would be indigenous to the locality. In the New World countries, where the true honey bees, Apinae, were originally absent, the early settlers imported the bees with which they were familiar. […]
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Downloads Old

[…]form is based on the Galtee Bee Breeding Group’s ten column method of recording developed by Micheál Mac Giolla Coda  Tom Robinson’s Table  Download  This Microsoft Excel file was written by Angus Stokes and Albert Knight and provides an interactive way to prepare timetables for using the Jenter or Cupkit Cellplug Box. The original table written in 1995, but it has […]

East Midlands Bee Improvement Group-NG11

[…]training sessions on topics such as practical queen rearing, hive manipulation techniques, record keeping and assessment for breeder potential.   If you are interested in finding out more about the Group please contact Alan Wilkins the Group Secretary on   The BIBBA East Midlands Bee Improvement Group is participating in The National Bee Improvement Programme – […]

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[…]method: Direct debit – this makes life easier for you and the treasurer! Sign up online using GoCardless and we will take your subscription each year until you cancel. (Sorry, this system does not allow paper applications) PayPal – if you do not already have an account you will have the option to either create one or simply pay with […]

Giftaid Optout

[…]have also clicked the YES option for giftaid, please email the membership secretary to ensure we record your intentions correctly. Loading… If you change your mind later, you can complete the giftaid declaration […]

University of Plymouth Project

[…]time being practical and feasible for bee-keepers to complete. It will require you to measure and record specific parameters throughout the season, some of which you would be completed as part of your usual routine. We need as many people to fill in the survey as possible and the project relies on the bee keeping community for its success. The […]

Some history of the East Midlands group

[…]know from past experience that many beekeepers just don’t observe their colonies with a view to recording what they see, and it is difficult to see where you’re going if you are not looking. We live in hope. During the course of our work with the beekeepers of the area, we have met and made new beekeeping friends. Among these […]

BIBBA 2016 CONFERENCE BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

[…]will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies. 8.   All payments, including by credit/debit card or cheque, must be in pounds sterling. 9.  BIBBA and the conference organisers do not accept responsibility for loss or damage to delegates’ own property and/or personal effects caused by events beyond its control, including (but without limitation) theft, accidental damage, fire, flood, strikes, […]
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The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

[…]have been disappearing massively all over the world. In the most affected apiaries, beekeepers record up to 90% loss (dead bees, unable to produce honey or which never return). This phenomenon is called the “bee colony collapse syndrome”.  In Europe, annual mortality rates between 2012 and 2014 were around 23% on average *, against 5% to 10% of natural mortality. In […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]covered will include: Setting the criteria you want in your bees. How to handle, assess and record colonies. Deciding which colonies to use queen cells from and which queens to cull. Using natural queen cells the bees build. Producing “Artificial” queen cell using grafting, cell punching, cell plugs and the Miller method Clipping and marking queens Changing queens in colonies […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]covered will include: Setting the criteria you want in your bees. How to handle, assess and record colonies. Deciding which colonies to use queen cells from and which queens to cull. Using natural queen cells the bees build. Producing “Artificial” queen cell using grafting, cell punching, cell plugs and the Miller method Clipping and marking queens Changing queens in colonies […]

BIBBA Events Terms & Conditions

[…]will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies. 8.   All payments, including by credit/debit card, must be in pounds sterling. 9.  BIBBA and the event organisers do not accept responsibility for loss or damage to delegates’ own property and/or personal effects caused by events beyond its control, including (but without limitation) theft, accidental damage, fire, flood, strikes, civil disturbances […]

BIBBA 2018 Conference Terms

[…]will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies. 8. All payments, including by credit/debit card, must be in pounds sterling. 9. BIBBA and the conference organisers do not accept responsibility for loss or damage to delegates’ own property and/or personal effects caused by events beyond its control, including (but without limitation) theft, accidental damage, fire, flood, strikes, civil disturbances or […]

Downloads

[…]Form This form is based on the Galtee Bee Breeding Group’s ten column method of recording developed by Micheál Mac Giolla Coda DOWNLOAD  Tom Robinson’s Table This Microsoft Excel file was written by Angus Stokes and Albert Knight and provides an interactive way to prepare timetables for using the Jenter or Cupkit Cellplug Box. The original table written in 1995; It […]

How I select my ‘Breeder Queens’

[…]queens. I do this by looking at the current condition of the colony as well as looking at the record of past performance. An inspection, usually in April, will provide a lot of useful information. As soon as the crown board is removed an idea of the temper of the colony can be gauged. If the colony is not disturbed […]

New Members Payment Options – UK

[…]debit – this makes life easier for you and the treasurer! Sign up online using GoCardless and we will take your subscription each year until you cancel. (Sorry, this system does not allow paper applications)offers £5 discount off standard rateavailable with UK bank accounts only Pay by Direct Debit PayPal (UK & worldwide)- if you do not already have an […]

Lester Wickham

[…]did not strain his heart. After leaving the Committee we kept in touch with the annual Christmas Card. He died aged 86, still making plans for the coming season. He leaves his wife Trish and step children.   Ken Ibbotson: Lester was a close BIBBA friend of mine during the early ‘build up’ years.  We were regular northern representatives on […]

Bucks Berks & Oxon Bee Improvement (BBOBI ) – RG9

[…]therefore proposed to give away marked virgin queens during 2019 to anyone prepared to monitor and record their progress over 2 years and to record their results on a group app called Hivelog. Any beekeepers with queens demonstrating good temperament would be asked to add a frame of drone comb in year two and may also be asked to provide […]
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Conserving black bees

[…]In 1945, Eva Crane, Direc­tor of the International Bee Research Association in the U.K., recorded in her diary a visit to Colonsay and Oronsay and her interest in find­ing Black Bees on the islands, which were resistant to acarine mites (Acara­pis woodi).3 It is clear that there were many “survivor stocks” from the aca­rine epidemic that had swept across the […]

Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

[…]been a mixture of collaboration, communication, generous sharing from others and keeping a simple record for each queen coming into my care. I was gutted at the beginning of this year contemplating the lack of options with my bees. Now I’m really excited about next year. In the meantime, I’m building more nuc […]
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New Members Payment Options – Euro Zone

[…]debit – this makes life easier for you and the treasurer! Sign up online using GoCardless and we will take your subscription each year until you cancel. (Sorry, this system does not allow paper applications)offers discount off standard rate Pay by Direct Debit PayPal (UK & worldwide)- if you do not already have an account you will have the option […]

Renewal Options – UK

[…]debit – this makes life easier for you and the treasurer! Sign up online using GoCardless and we will take your subscription each year until you cancel. (Sorry, this system does not allow paper applications)offers £5 discount off standard rate Renew by Direct Debit PayPal (UK & worldwide)- if you do not already have an account you will have the […]

Renewal Options – Euro Zone

[…]debit – this makes life easier for you and the treasurer! Sign up online using GoCardless and we will take your subscription each year until you cancel. (Sorry, this system does not allow paper applications)offers £5 discount off standard rate Renew by Direct Debit PayPal (UK & worldwide)- if you do not already have an account you will have the […]

Section 1.2 – Aims, Imports & Bee Breeding

[…]Problem with Imports Imports of bees have been growing, year on year, and, although currently at record levels, at best, only produce a short-term respite, in terms of quality. In the long-term no consistent improvement in the quality of our bees is achieved, and the system relies on further imports to maintain quality, albeit, with no local adaptation. They represent […]