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BIBBA Buzz 11 – July 2017

BIBBA Conference 2018 We need a venue for the next conference. Going backwards they have been held in The Isle of Man, Llangollen, Scotland, Ireland and Stoneleigh. It seems reasonable to move the conference around to satisfy all our members, but at the same time the location needs to have good transport connections. We need two rooms that will take […]

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

[…]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 secretary of the Village Bee Breeders Association (now BIBBA). In 1972 the committee met at Beo’s (Beowulf Cooper) house at Whitegates (Thulston, Derby), where he proposed that we should organize […]
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Why does BIBBA advise buying bees and queens locally?

A Why does BIBBA advise buying bees and queens locally? Conditions can vary considerably even over a relatively short distance. An example is that one area may have oil seed rape as the main nectar source, yet only a few miles away it might be heather. The former needs a bee that builds up much earlier in the season than […]

June 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]if anything, can we do? Well, it’s difficult – obviously. If it was easy, BIBBA would have succeeded in the task it set itself back in 1963. There is no ‘quick fix’. So, I thought it would be worthwhile re-stating what the Trustees have committed themselves to for the 2020s: Strengthen BIBBA as an organisation so it is better able […]

March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]be creating a specialist area within our Website for professional and commercial beekeepers: Selwyn Runnett Tel: 0330 223 6141 Recommended YouTube Video Mike Palmer - "The Sustainable Apiary" The sustainable apiary talks at length about the folly of importing bees from warmer climates to the frozen north. “Bees from faraway places never do as well as local bees, the […]

BIBBA YouTube Videos

All the videos on the list below are recordings of presentations that have been organised by BIBBA. They have been arranged into groups under headings to help viewers see what may be suitable for them. The list will be expanded when new videos are produced. All videos have good sound information that is suitable for beekeepers in the British Islands […]


Beekeeping: Challenge what you are told! “Have you ever met a beekeeper with fixed opinions about a beekeeping topic? Have you questioned that experience and knowledge they are based on? The craft used to be local, traditionally learnt by observing bees, whereas today, we are bombarded with international communications, promotions, soundbites, sensationalism and the like, with the same information, whether […]