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Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

[…]of the surrounding area, by raising queens from their better colonies and culling the poor ones. Bee Improvement should be of interest to all beekeepers and for a number of reasons including temper, quietness on the combs and suitability to the locality. The queen is an important factor in the characteristics of a colony, so colony assessment and queen selection […]

Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Groups

[…]their own confines to wider circles of beekeepers, thereby improving bees overall. Forming a bee improvement and breeding groupThere are several things you need to consider including:- Do you need a constitution, so members know what is expected? If you store personal data, are you GDPR compliant? What assessment criteria do you want in your bees? How are you going […]

East Midlands Bee Improvement Group-NG11

[…]East Midlands Bee Improvement Group – Nottinghamshire NG13   The aim of the BIBBA East Midlands Bee Improvement Group is to breed near native Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm) queens of the best local genetic stock. Then making these queens available to members and ultimately to other beekeepers in the region, who wish to establish this sub species in their own […]

Upper Dee Bee Improvement Group

[…]our aims and are careful to keep local bees. This means that we are able to make good progress in bee improvement. We also like to encourage other groups in the county and beyond and have helped some of them achieve dominance in their own locality. We also help with the local association’s policy of encouraging native bees and help […]

Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group – TR1

Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group was founded in 2002 to assist Cornwall beekeepers in their quest for bees that reduced varroa enough to control them to non-lethal levels. So far, we have found several behaviours, most in the research literature, which lead to the removal or death of mites. Our inspiration was Alois Wallner who had attained a […]
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Jo Widdicombe “The Principles and Practice of Bee Improvement

[…]for 5 years and now runs over 100 colonies in Cornwall. Author of the book, ‘The Principles of Bee Improvement’. Lecture Title: “The Principles and Practice of Bee Improvement” A practical approach to ‘Bee Improvement’ aimed at showing that the selection and refinement of local bees is a better long-term approach than the constant import of bees of other sub-species. […]
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Nick Bentham-Green “Bee Improvement in Cornwall, Achievements and Aspirations”

[…]few years and was also the Branch apiary manager. In 2009, whilst still in Devon, he joined BipCo (Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall), which was under the Chairmanship of Jo Widdicombe. At this time Nick became very interested in bee improvement, realising that he had in fact been doing the same, with his own bees for a number of years. […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part two

[…] There’s a lot to cover here so I’m breaking this into two sections – part one was Simple Bee Improvement in last month’s edition, here is part two and the final part will be in next month’s edition. Starting Stock Once a beekeeper or group has mastered simple bee improvement you may wish to expand your activities and as […]
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Group Presentation & Discussion “Bee improvement and bee breeding groups – some experiences and ideas”

Three representatives from existing bee breeding and bee improvement groups, operating in different areas, under different conditions, will each give a short presentation on their own group. They will tell us about their history, how they have progressed and how they may have dealt with problems or opportunities. An open discussion will follow, which should cover the various aspects of […]
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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 […]