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A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]increases.  Drones can be removed by first shaking bees into a Marburg swarm box (see www.dave-cushman.net), but this is a laborious and time-consuming process.  You could fit drone excluders to the nuclei to prevent undesired drones from leaving to mate but, in my limited experience, these appear to get clogged very quickly.  I place 3 half frames of drone brood […]
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Native Honey Bees

[…]Even though their numbers are quite low compared to former times there is still a lot of genetic material left. It is my belief we should be selecting for characteristics in bees that will help them survive, rather than use types that are unsuited that need mollycoddling just to keep them alive. In my view the importation of queens has […]

BBOBI Group – March April 2019 Newsletter

[…]we list the activities which are underway focused on rearing queens: Selection of hives as genetic is well underway, there may be some standardisation required later with a Stud Book.  For the moment hive temperament and swarming tendency are being scored as selection criteria. Drone were encouraged early by many members adding drone comb foundation to their hives in March […]

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

[…]have conclusively shown that modern specimens of Dark Bees from the UK and Ireland fit into the genetic specification of Apis mellifera mellifera (see e.g. the article by Pritchard). Characterisitics of British A.m.m. Physical characters Cooper, 19865 Bees “black”. Long abdominal overhairs. Characteristic wing type. Genetically large size. Behavioural characters I will now discuss some of the behavioural characteristics of […]
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Webinars – Summary

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The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

[…]in France as well as POLLINIS and Lionel Garnery, CNRS researcher, specialist in the genetics of the black bee. overfeeding (bees are only fed with sweet syrups when necessary and up to what is taken only), and imports of non-local bees. In December 2015, FEDCAN, the European Federation of Black Bee Conservatories was thus created. It brings together a dozen conservatories in France […]

Links

Dave Cushman’s Website Several thousand pages of beekeeping and bee breeding information. Considered to be one of the world’s most informative beekeeping websites. ScientificBeekeeping.com Beekeeping through the eyes of biologist Randy Oliver: “this site is a record of my learning process as I try to understand aspects of colony health and productivity, and the reasons why various management techniques work […]

Roger Patterson

[…]a regular contributor to the bee press. Roger now owns and maintains Dave Cushman’s website www.dave-cushman.net, that is widely recognised as one of the world’s most comprehensive beekeeping websites. He is the author of “Beekeeping. A Practical Guide”. He is a past BBKA Trustee and is Vice President of Bee Diseases Insurance (BDI), in addition to arranging the lecture programmes for the […]

Colony Assessment Criteria

Simple criteria we can all set for our bees Despite what you may hear or read, it is fairly easy to change some of the characteristics of your bees. This can be done by assessing colonies against a set of criteria that you want in your bees, using queen cells from colonies displaying those criteria and culling those that don’t. […]

Lecturers

[…]BKA website www.wgbka.org.uk and owns and maintains Dave Cushman’s Website www.dave-cushman.net Jo Widdicombe Jo lives in Cornwall but is prepared to travel if allowance is made for time and distance. Tel No…   01752 822 335   Email…  jowid@idnet.com About Jo Widdicombe Member of BIBBA for approximately 25 years. Bee farmer running 120+ colonies, using mainly near-native bees. Author of book, ‘The Principles […]

Roger Patterson “The Patterson Unit”

[…]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 about by accident, after it appeared on the events page of […]

Beekeepers come swarming to the Sustainability days

[…]in one season Roger frequently signposted attendees to the Dave Cushman website (http://www.dave-cushman.net/) for more detail or information on the subject areas he was talking through. Overall, a fantastic attendance across the country and, hopefully, plenty of individuals, groups, BKA’s and teaching apiary managers who will be enthused to breed bees and queens for […]
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BBOBI Group – April 2020 Newsletter

[…]two frame nucs. You could also read up on the Miller Method, this is a good link: http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/millermethod.html Keep an eye on the What’sApp group, it is the best way to make cries for help. If you’re not included, email me your phone number to be added to the thirty or so members on the group today. If you do not […]

Webinars – Season Two

Tuesday 18th August 7:30pm – Roger Patterson – “Dead Bees Don’t Buzz – Surviving the Winter “ Presentation:  “Dead Bees Don’t Buzz – Surviving the Winter “ View Recording – Roger Patterson – “Dead Bees Don’t Buzz – Surviving the Winter “ Tuesday 25th August 7:30pm – Lynfa Davies – “The Mystery of Mating” Presentation:  “The Mystery of Mating”. View […]

Using a Smoker

Lighting the smoker and keeping it lit seems to be a major problem to many beekeepers. This is something I have never been able to understand, because it has nothing to do with learning beekeeping, it has more to do with school science lessons and common sense. How many beekeepers do you see who fill the firebox up with fuel, […]

BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens

[…]drones mate with local queens, another result is the disruption and dilution of locally adapted genetic traits that have evolved in the local population. The consequence of this dilution is weaker colonies less likely to survive the winter without substantial beekeeper intervention and support. We do not need to import bees! There are circa 250,000 colonies in England and Wales. […]
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August 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]written and spoken about, with a page on Dave Cushman’s website Queen Bee Performance Problems (dave-cushman.net). I see many of these problems every summer, seeing some in three out of the four apiaries I recently used for the BIBBA Bee Improvement and Queen Rearing courses. At one of them, the first two colonies I inspected had problems. I have recently […]

Black Bee Reserve

[…]in an old Victorian garden. The public have access to an undercover viewing area, guarded with netting for safe viewing of the hives.  The entrance to the viewing area is a giant WBC construct and once inside there are several educational boards to read about the native honey bee and the work going on to sustain and improve it. The […]

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 […]

Conserving black bees

[…]of wild colonies of European honeybees in the northeastern United States: inves­tigating its genetic structure Apidologie 46 654-666 (2015) Adam, Brother (1983) In search of the best strains of bees. Northern Bee Books; Heb­den Bridge, UK. 199-201 Jensen Annette B. et al. Varying degrees of Apis mellifera ligustica introgression in protected populations of black honeybee, Apis mellifera mellifera, in northwest […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]or more drones, so every colony has a range of workers who are half-sisters with different genetic mixes producing different strengths and weaknesses. With seven colonies I feel secure that I’m unlikely to lose them all at once – never say never! – so I can be more ruthless about natural selection. I support casts in their first year, to […]

BIBBA Monthly – December 2020

[…]2021. The new Trustees (in alphabetical order) are: Jonathan Brookhouse Brian Holdcroft Selwyn Runnett Richard Senior Robert Silver Each of these has already made a very positive contribution to BIBBA and has helped BIBBA become what it is today. Request for contributors for regular Facebook communications  By Liz Childerley and Stephen Barnes BIBBA is looking to revitalise and increase the […]

Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]and these should be adhered to regardless of which method one uses. It is no good getting the genetics right if the queens are not well reared, as their performance may be severely impaired. Careful attention should be paid to the health of the colonies being used to rear new queens, particularly with regard to the notifiable diseases of American […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]we don’t. Like most organisms in nature, the bees live close to the brink; they have no safety net to fall back on, and can afford no luxury; they must have a compelling reason to invest so much capital in their drones. One may have great sympathy with this sort of reply, and yet it skirts around the question and […]

What is the ‘British Black’ bee?

A What is the ‘British Black’ bee? This is a local name for the honey bee sub-species Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm) that is native to the British Isles. There are about 28 different sub-species of the western honey bee, Apis mellifera, originally distributed through Europe, the Near East and Africa. In the British Isles and Northern Europe, from France to […]