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A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]I had accidentally taken her from a donor colony along with a frame of brood and bees.  In my record book, I always note the numbers of the donor colonies, but when I looked through the book to identify the origin of this queen, I found that none of the donor colonies actually had a white queen.  Further analysis of […]
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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 […]

Let’s Go Beekeeping!

[…]in West Sussex and - between throwing sticks for Rosie - Roger, Martina and myself were able to record lots of footage that I’ve been editing over the winter. So far, we have 8 videos available on our YouTube channel: Preparing supers for extraction; Removing unwanted food from brood combs; Making up a two frame nuc; Roger’s inspection kit; cold […]

NatBIP News No6

[…]to leave a queen cell in the cell raiser colony 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. […]

NatBIP News No4

[…]well under way, we can continue 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 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 […]

East Midlands 1998

[…]made up, as referred to in the previous paragraph, and this worked very well. Record keeping We knew our record keeping needed improving, and during last winter a comprehensive computer record sheet was designed. However in practice it proved too complicated in the field, but useful to study indoors. We changed late on in the season to a simple hard-backed […]

NatBIP News No3

[…]personal preferences, or indeed, you can design your own, or use someone else’s design. A ‘record of performance’ is quite different to a ‘management record card’ (although the NatBIP card can be used for both purposes) and specifically provides information on which queens are worth rearing offspring from. I have already started assessing my colonies for the characteristics that I […]

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 This can be used as it is, or modified, […]

NatBIP News No1

[…]and store in a ring binder for use in the apiary, at each inspection. Some use it as a management record as well as for recording the qualities and performance of each colony, whilst others may prefer to also use a more detailed management card as well as this one. The card is designed to be modified to suit the […]

Section 8.1 – Dominating an Area with the Selected Strain

[…]to establish our selected strain. We have been monitoring our colonies 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 […]
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Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

[…]stage through the season Summaries (at foot of table) Native Appearance – Average of last 3 recordings Temperament - Average of last 6 recordings Swarming Propensity - Last assessment of season Brood pattern/health - Average of any recordings Honey yield - Total for season Amount fed - Total for season RHY - Relative honey yield Allows more meaningful comparison between […]
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Section 3.1 – The Selection of Local Stock

[…]to build up a picture of the qualities of each queen. Beekeepers are often quite used to keeping records for the general management of their colonies but perhaps less used to record-keeping for assessing the qualities of their bees. There is no single correct way to do this task and beekeepers may wish to devise their own system. The system […]

Section 2.1 – How NatBIP will work

[…]An assessment of 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 […]