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“Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

[…]They are all day events, but the timings will depend on local arrangements. The very successful BIFA days were started during the winter of 2013/14, with 11 events in Berkshire, West Sussex, Lancashire, Cheshire, Guernsey, Jersey, Shropshire, two in Yorkshire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire. There were around 1,100 attendees and the feedback was tremendous. There were 15 events in 2014/15 winter, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roger Patterson “The Patterson Unit”

[…]bees in an understanding and caring way. He presents the popular BIBBA “Bee Improvement for All (BIFA)” days. He owns and manages Dave Cushman’s website www.dave-cushman.net, that is accepted as one of the world’s most comprehensive beekeeping websites, also the lesser known www.honeyrecipes.org.uk. Lecture Title: “The Patterson Unit” This presentation was formerly called “A New Approach”, the “Patterson Unit” came […]

Group Presentation & Discussion “Bee improvement and bee breeding groups – some experiences and ideas”

[…]MBIG was formed as a sub-committee of the IoM Beekeepers Federation in early 2015 after a BIBBA “BIFA” day, led by Roger Patterson. The MBIG have begun to breed from colonies showing native or near native traits, prioritising docile temperament and dark appearance, with the aim of greatly increasing the number of colonies with these desirable traits throughout the […]
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BIM 47 – Autumn 2016

[…]and Workshops – Roger Patterson One and two day Bee Improvement courses & BIFA days Working for a better bee – Mark Edwards There are several key components in my opinion, to working for and achieving a better bee. Polynucs – Peter Edwards My aim is to be able to overwinter nucs with some degree of confidence. . . QR […]