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“Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

“Bee Improvement for all” is a one day course that is designed to help beekeepers to improve their bees by using some of the opportunities that bees give them during the season, as well as giving information to those who wish to raise more queens .

BIFA Burton

Sun 12th February 2017 at Stretton, Staffordshire. In conjunction with Burton BKA. Details:- Cost: £12 adult, £8.00 aged under 18 who must be accompanied by a fee paying adult. Refreshments included. Please bring your own lunch.  Bookings: Dave Coates, 32 Standing Butts Close, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8NJ Enquiries: Dave Coates. Booking Form

BIFA feedback

The Bibba “Bee Improvement for All” Workshopx A few months ago, one of our Committee members, Dave Barrett, came to me and said, “I think we should do this BIBBA One Day Course – I’ll organise it all.” “Great idea”, I said. So Dave booked the date with BIBBA, he booked a suitable hall, he got our Education Officer to…

BIFA – Colchester

Course fees: Including refreshments but not lunch. Please bring your own. Adult                            £12.50 Under 18                      £8.00    Please make cheques payable to Colchester BKA. and send to:- Mrs Barbara Sharp, 3 Fordwich Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex, CO7 0RE Telephone 01206 302466 or 01206 302005 e-mail No receipt will be issued. Attendances may be accepted on the day, but only…

BIFA – Sunniside, Newcastle upon Tyne

Course fees: Including refreshments but not lunch. Please bring your own. Adult £10.00 Under 18 £7.00 Please make cheques payable to Tyneside Beekeepers . and send to:- Peter Searle, Eighton Banks Farm, Galloping Green Road, Eighton Banks, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE9 7XA e-mail No receipt will be issued. Attendances may be accepted on the day, but only if…

BIFA – Hexham

Including refreshments but not lunch. Please bring your own. Adult £10.00 Under 18 £7.00 Please send completed booking form to Jane Hughes, 01434 618446 to book your place and she will give details of how to make payment.

Improving bees by raising your own queens – one and two day courses

The improvement of bees is an important part of beekeeping. The suitability of bees to the environment and their temper are issues that concern the caring beekeeper, but are not often included in tuition. This course will cover many of the topics and techniques that will suit the "ordinary" beekeeper, with a large practical element
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Roger Patterson “The Patterson Unit”

Roger is a practical beekeeper who started beekeeping in West Sussex in 1963. He is heavily involved in the craft, being a demonstrator at his local BKA since the early 1970s and manager of their teaching apiary. He had a full term as BBKA Trustee, is currently a BIBBA Trustee and Vice President of Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd (BDI). He…

AGM 2016

09.30         Coffee & biscuits10.00         Welcome from PresidentSpeaker: Sue Loughran, Bangor University, Wales.11.30          Annual General Meeting Trustees Report & Accounts Now Online Sue Loughran "A Tempero Spatial Analysis of Bee Races in North Wales" I live in hill farming country in North West Wales, near the village of Llanfairtalhaiarn, Abergele. Originally from Liverpool, I moved to Wales in 2001, where I…

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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BIM 47 – Autumn 2016

Queen raising – Alan Brown Burzyan wild-hive honeybees – R. A. Ilyasov, M. N. Kosarov. A. Neal, F. G. Yumaguzhin Queen rearing on the Isle of Man – John Evans The SMARTBEES project – Jo Widdicombe Conferences and Workshops – Roger Patterson Working for a better bee – Mark Edwards Polynucs – Peter Edwards QR at Keepers Cottage – Peter…

BIM 46 – Winter 2015

The Honey Bee family – Brian Dennis A word from Brother Adam – Brian Dennis QR – some experiences – Roger Patterson BIBBA Conference – Roy Norris The BIfA workshop – Katey Slater Grafting – Roger Patterson Assessment of the black bee – Willie Robson News from SICAMM – Philip Denwood Dark Bee Seminar – Philip Denwood The BIBBA Course…

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COVID-19No events will be published until the current Teaching Events There are three types of BIBBA event to help and encourage beekeepers to raise their own queens from locally adapted colonies, rather than to use imported queens that may not suit their environment, or run the risk of importing pests and diseases. BIBBA Open Days Bee Improvement For All (BIFA)…

BIM 43 – Spring 2014

BIFA Days – Roger Patterson Moonlight Mating – Philip Denwood Pure Mating by Time Isolation – John E Dews Ownership of a Swarm – Brian Dennis Annual General Meeting Agenda – Secretary Annual Accounts – Treasurer Trustees Report – Chairman Draft Minutes – Secretary BIFA meeting in Sussex – James Norfolk Book Review – Philip Denwood Patron Saints – Brian…

Bee Breeding and Queen Rearing Courses UK

[column-half-1] Teaching Events There are three types of BIBBA event to help and encourage beekeepers to raise their own queens from locally adapted colonies, rather than to use imported queens that may not suit their environment, or run the risk of importing pests and diseases. BIBBA Open Days Bee Improvement For All (BIFA) days One and two day Bee Improvement…

Bee Improvement For All: West Sussex

A one day event packed with sound information to help all beekeepers improve their bees. The presentation will concentrate on encouraging beekeepers to raise their own queens to produce docile colonies that are productive, healthy and best suited to their environment. The bees often give us opportunities during the summer and there will be plenty of ideas on how to use…

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

From the President – Jo Widdicombe Trials and Tribulations – Frank Hilton Are you a Natural Beekeeper? – Brian Dennis Natural Beekeeping – Philip Denwood Racial Profiling of Mongrels – Paul Honigmann Bee Improvement and QR – R Patterson History of Manx beekeeping – Cilla Platt Making Increase – Brian Dennis Locally Adapted Bees – Wally Shaw Bee Races in…

BIM 44 – Summer 2014

From the Chair - Kevin Lincoln BIFA Days - Roger Patterson Letters to the Editor - Mark McVey IBRA Press Release - Norman Carreck A BIPCo visit - Jo Widdicombe Pesticide Debate - Norman Benson Queen raising for the Amateur - Alan Brown In Memory of Janet Hinchley - David Allen Sampling and Predicting - Brian Dennis Bee v Pigeon…

Bee Improvement for All – Portishead

Date:- Saturday 27 January 2018 Time:- 9.00 for 9.30-4.30 approx. Venue:- The Folk Hall, 95 High Street, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6PR Cost:- £10 per head adult. £5 per head for under 18, who must be accompanied by a fee paying adult. Refreshments included. Bring your own lunch. Bookings and Enquiries: Bookings must be made using the following link (no payments…

Bee improvement for all day- Lanarkshire

£10 a head; tea and coffee provided, bring your own packed lunch Contact details Susan Fotheringham bifa. Bank details for BACS payments (preferred): Lloyds Bank Sort code: 30-98-97 Account number: 30350560 Directions: CLYDESMILL M74 southbound CLYDESMILL M74 northbound