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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 […]

Bee improvement for all day- Lanarkshire

[…]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 […]

Bee Breeding and Queen Rearing Courses UK

[…]or run the risk of importing pests and diseases. BIBBA Open Days Bee Improvement For All (BIFA) days One and two day Bee Improvement Courses If you would like an event in your area, either a standard one or something different to suit you, please contact BIBBA Conference and Workshop Secretary Roger Patterson by email to discuss it.   for […]

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

[…]No dates have been fixed yet. Details will be circulated when available. Bee Improvement For All (BIFA) Days. We have nearly finished these for the winter, but we are planning for next winter. They are run in conjunction with local BKAs. BIFA days are intended to encourage beekeepers to raise their own queens from the best colonies in their area, […]

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[…]or run the risk of importing pests and diseases. BIBBA Open Days Bee Improvement For All (BIFA) days One and two day Bee Improvement Courses   If you would like an event in your area, either a standard one or something different to suit you, please contact BIBBA Conference and Workshop Secretary Roger Patterson by email to discuss […]

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 […]

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 – 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 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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

BIM 46 – Winter 2015

[…]apply to queen rearing. BIBBA Conference – Roy Norris Isle of Man 20th – 22nd September The BIfA workshop – Katey Slater Nell proceeded to befriend anyone who looked her way! Grafting – Roger Patterson is the drowning of larvae another myth? Assessment of the black bee – Willie Robson it is possible to show that black bees can be […]

“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, […]

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 […]

BIM 43 – Spring 2014

From the Chair – Kevin Lincoln BIFA Days – Roger Patterson What is pleasing is the number of beginners attending, because these in my view are the future of BIBBA. Moonlight Mating – Philip Denwood At the 2012 SICAMM Conference in Landquart, Switzerland, a presentation by Gerhard Glock and Thomas Ruppel of the German Dark Bee Association included some details […]