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What is the ‘British Black’ bee?

[…]the sub-species). Common names for the Dark European Bee include ‘Old English’, ’British Black Bee’, ‘Irish Black Bee’ and ‘Brown Bee’. see […]

Conserving black bees

[…]out on the islands. Mobus had spent many years select­ing and improving his Maud strain of native Blacks in an isolated area north of Aberdeen. A total of 14 colonies, and a further 16 queens from widely differing remote areas of Scotland and two from the Galtee Black Bee Breed­ers in Ireland, became the basis of to­day’s isolated stocks on […]

Hazelbeach Black Bee Breeding Group – SA73

The group works in South West Pembrokeshire to breed and conserve a strain of the local black bee. An ultimate aim would be to influence the conservation of the black bee widely in the Pembrokeshire peninsula. contact Mel […]

Test Valley Black Bee Project – SO20

A Hampshire based group dedicated to the conservation and reintroduction of the native black bee. We are a friendly team of bee keepers working together to improve the qualities of the existing surrounding bee population. Our aim is to work towards locally adapted colonies focusing on the reintroduction and proliferation of the native black bee. Contact: Nicola Crosswaite 07905929114 […]

Shebbear Black Bee Conservation Project – EX22

[…]of black bee colonies into the Shebbear area and encouraging existing bee keepers to switch to black bees Specific short-term targets: Breeding and monitoring of black bees at Newton Mill, formation of a CIC (or Charity) to teach bee keeping contact Adrian […]
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Lancashire Black Bee Project

The Lancashire Black Bee project was established in 2015 and is being delivered through “The Bee Centre”. We currently run 12 breeding apiaries across Lancashire with a further two in North Wales. We have now established a BIBBA group to help promote and support the goals of the Association alongside the wider remit of The Bee Centre. The goals of […]

Black Bee Reserve

[…]a sunny Spring day, the forgotten corner of Cornwall set the stage for a landmark event in black bee conservation and awareness. Sir Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project, opened the first black bee reserve in the mainland UK at Mount Edgcumbe; just across the river Tamar which separates Devon from Cornwall. It’s been brought about through collaboration between […]

The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

[…]characteristics of the imported bee (docility and yield), nor the resistance capacities of the black bee. Protect the black bee, why? Heritage interest This subspecies has existed for a million years; it is a genetic heritage to be preserved and passed on to future generations and to all those involved in agriculture. Ecological interest Pollinators are not interchangeable: they do not live in […]

Phil Chandler “Balanced Beekeeping: Top Bars, Eco Floors and Black Bees”

[…]bees. Web site – biobees.com Lecture Title: “Balanced Beekeeping: Top Bars, Eco Floors and Black Bees” I will talk about my experiences with top bar hives on the fringes of Dartmoor, including such innovations as the eco-floor and the periscope entrance, and how they may be used to benefit our native black bees. With your help, I will attempt to […]
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What is the ‘British Black’ bee?

[…]the sub-species). Common names for the Dark European Bee include ‘Old English’, ’British Black Bee’, ‘Irish Black Bee’ and ‘Brown Bee’. see […]