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2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]be new and lightweight. We will have a selection of disposable gloves on hand for those who forget to bring some. The Team The lead tutor will be Roger Patterson. He will be supported by Kevin Lincoln and Kath Cordingley. The Venue The course will be held at “The Bee Centre” on the Samlesbury Hall estate near Preston. We are […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]be new and lightweight. We will have a selection of disposable gloves on hand for those who forget to bring some. The Team The lead tutor will be Roger Patterson. He will be supported by Kevin Lincoln and Kath Cordingley. The Venue The course will be held at “The Bee Centre” on the Samlesbury Hall estate near Preston. We are […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]Friday and Saturday On-site Accommodation Dinners Tickets now on sale from www.bbka.org.uk Harper Adams University Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB Enquiries to: tim.lovett@bbka.org.uk Looking for a gift? Then visit the BIBBA bookshop at www.bibba.com/store and select from these titles . . . ‘The Principles of Bee Improvement’ by Jo Widdicombe ‘The Honeybees of the British Isles’ by Beowulf A Cooper ‘The […]

Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

Photo by Roger Patterson Queen Rearing Methods There are so many techniques of queen rearing, and so much has been written about them, that it may seem unwise to add any more. Studying too many methods can be a source of much confusion and leave one overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed. Like most things in beekeeping, the best […]

2 Day Bee Improvement Course. Exeter, Devon.

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2 Day Bee Improvement Course: Suffolk

Improving bees by raising your own queens – course Tutor – Roger Patterson In conjunction with West Suffolk BKA and BIBBA Thursday 20 July and Friday 21 July at Nowton Park Apiary, near Bury St Edmunds. Course fee Early bird £50 if booked before 4 July the event £60 if booked on or after 4 July. Please bring your own […]

BIBBA Open Day. Wakefield.

What is it? An all day event for beekeepers of all abilities to help and encourage them to improve their bees by using locally produced queens. Why? When buying queens you may be promised high yields and docility, but later generations of these queens can often produce aggressive colonies. To overcome this problem it is often advised to buy new […]

BIBBA Open Day. Lampeter.

What is it? An all day event for beekeepers of all abilities to help and encourage them to improve their bees by using locally produced queens. Why? When buying queens you may be promised high yields and docility, but later generations of these queens can often produce aggressive colonies. To overcome this problem it is often advised to buy new […]

A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]computer programme Beemorph (Talbot, 2002) which can be downloaded via the BIBBA website www.bibba.org.uk. Years 4-5 2013 – 2014 Four mother queens were used to establish breeding lines, with seasonal rotation of drone production between these lines. Morphometry plots of two colonies sampled in 2013 (Fig 2) and 2014 (Fig 3) are shown. Wing morphometry was also carried out by […]

BBOBI Group – March April 2019 Newsletter

[…]included lectures by David Evans – DWV and Varroa Timing – St Andrews Uni, evanslab.org.uk and The Apiarist Blog Wally Shaw – Apicentric Beekeeping – Welsh BKA Prof Gilles Budge – CBVP – Professor of Applied Crop Science at Newcastle University George Clouston – Hive monitoring (Arnia) Bee Tradex at Stoneleigh Park, shopping opportunity and change to catch Jo Widdicombe speak on raising […]

Roger Patterson “The Patterson Unit”

[…]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 a BKA website when somebody forgot the title! I devised his simple system as a way of addressing some of […]

The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

translated from Pollinis “l’abeille noire” https://www.pollinis.org/admin/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/abeille-noire-6.pdf In addition to the many factors that are decimating bee colonies around the world, the black bee, the local bee, is facing a race for short-term profitability which favours the import of bees that are often unsuitable for our areas and are more fragile. A marvel of adaptation Lively, frugal and resistant, the black […]

Conserving black bees

[…]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 Eu­rope. Molecular Ecology 14, 93-106 (2005) Pinto Alice M. et al. Genetic Integrity of the Dark European honey bee […]

NatBIP News No 7

[…]to our beekeeping; interestingly it is an approach which none of the mainstream beekeeping organisations (commercial or amateur) have really taken on board. The agricultural industry is currently looking at more sustainable methods of food production and beekeeping should move in the same direction. The BIBBA View Bob Flowerdew © BBC BIBBA has been presenting a different view for over […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda is a commercial beekeeper based on Ireland’s east coast. As a fourth-generation beekeeper, he learned his craft through helping his father with the famous Galtee black bees of Co. Tipperary. After settling in Co. Louth, he embarked on his own beekeeping enterprise using local strains of native Irish honey bee. Eoghan currently […]
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BIPCo 6th Annual Bee Improvement Day

BIPCo would like to invite beekeepers to the 6th Annual Bee Improvement Day   A one-day event organised by the Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo)   To be held at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AE on Saturday 18th February 2017 commencing at 9.00am for registration (9.30am start) until 3.30pm   A day for all those interested in […]

2 Day Bee Improvement Course. North Wales.

if you wish to book or have any queries, please contact Steve Rose more […]

BIBBA Open Day – Improve Your Bees

A day of theory and practice for all beekeepers This is an all day summer event to help increase the knowledge of beekeepers of all abilities on bee improvement. Attendees are encouraged to rear queens from desirable colonies that are docile, calm on the comb, productive and suit their local conditions. There will be one or two PowerPoint presentations to […]

Links

[…]of Irish Beekeeping Associations Comhnasc Cumann Beachairí na hÉireann This is the umbrella organisation for the County Beekeeping Associations in the Republic of Ireland, and organises the annual Gormanston Summer School UBKA – The Ulster Beekeepers’ Association UBKA is the organisation to which the Beekeeping Associations in Northern Ireland are affiliated CONBA-UK – Council of National Beekeeping Associations in the […]

What is Apis mellifera mellifera?

What is Apis mellifera mellifera? Apis mellifera mellifera, Linnaeus 1758 is a subspecies and northern geographical race of Apis mellifera, the western honeybee. It may be subdivided into many local ecotypes. Its various vernacular names include: “Dark European Honeybee” (English), “L’abeille noire” (French), “Die dunkle Biene” (German) and “Det mörka Nordiska Biet” (Swedish). Apis mellifera mellifera is distinguished from other […]

John Harding Queen Rearing

Due to the current situation beekeepers are in, queen rearing is now more important and critical than ever, for producing good quality native queens to deal with our changing environment and climate. We can and must influence what strains and sub-strains of honeybee we have left, but as a starting point we must concentrate on what we have here at […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]declined and government encouragement for beekeeping in recent years has been less than lukewarm. Indeed, in some quarters there has been a tendency to regard honey bees as pests rather than as beneficial insects. Only the threatened extinction of the western honey bee by varroasis has brought about a positive if somewhat muted response from government. It is important not […]
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Downloads Old

[…]of these files be acknowledged.  DrawWing By Adam Tofilski  http://www.drawwing.org/ This newer version (0.45) is able to automatically detect all important points on a honey bee forewing and to calculate cubital index, discoidal shift and some other indices.The new version is not under GNU license any more, but it is (and will remain) free for non commercial use. The old GNU version […]

Improving bees by raising your own queens

Improving bees by raising your own queens – a practical course The course consists of one day self-study using bespoke video tutorials and then a practical day in the apiary with Roger Patterson. 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, […]

Lecturers

[…]as well as his involvement with his local BKA. Roger designed his local 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…  About Jo Widdicombe Member of BIBBA for approximately 25 years. Bee […]

Bacteria Help Honey Bee Larvae

[…]apium does that confers this survival advantage to the larvae. It could involve the production of organic acids and lowering pH, which might have an antiseptic effect, or its presence might induce an immune response that could later work against larval pathogens,” Corby-Harris says. While P. apium found in honey bee hives is a distinct and new species from any […]

Caging Virgin Queens

Comparing Alternative Methods for Holding Virgin Honey Bee Queens for One Week in Mailing Cages before Mating Gianluigi Bigio , Christoph Grüter, Francis L. W. Ratnieks  Published: November 16, 2012 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050150 Abstract In beekeeping, queen honey bees are often temporarily kept alive in cages. We determined the survival of newly-emerged virgin honey bee queens every day for seven days […]

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[…]pour les pollinisateurs, et pour trouver une liste des ouvrages de référence: […]

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

[…]in Denmark and elsewhere 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 […]
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Scottish Native Honey Bee Society

Would you like to support the keeping of native honey bees in Scotland? Join SNHBS, find out all about native honey bees, how to help them and help shape the new society at its first meeting. [column-half-1] Programme Keynote: Andrew Abrahams Soapbox presentations The role of science Making native bees available Defining the new society Exploring actions for the future […]

Abberton Native Bee Group/ Essex 4 Bees – CO2

This project came about from a chance conversation at a conference and Nick Bentham Green passed the opportunity to me as the most local committee member to run with. Essex and Suffolk Water run a number of reservoirs in East Anglia and the land around is managed by the local Wildlife trusts, in this case Essex Wildlife Trust. Essex and […]
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Black Bee Reserve

[…]between beekeepers and Plymouth University has been facilitated by B4 http://www.b4project.co.uk for which Tim Smit is a patron, with money generously donated by NERChttp://www.nerc.ac.uk for a PhD, Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative for the Mount Edgcumbe Black Bee Reserve, and the Heritage Lottery Fund for preliminary genetic research looking at the degree of hybridisation of honey bees in […]

Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens

Resources http://www.coloss.org/beebook/I/instrumental-insemination http://www.beeculture.com/instrumental-insemination/ Sue Cobey http://www.honeybeeinsemination.com/resources.html solution for cryopreservation http://www.amplab.de/en-EN/beebreeding.html Schley equipment […]

Bee Improvement for All – Portishead

[…]be made using the following link (no payments accepted on the day) http://northsomersetbeekeepers.org/bee-improvement-for-all-27-january-2018/   course info: […]

Bee Improvement for All – Devon

Due to the many beekeeping events in the locality, including the conference at Eden Project and four associated events on the same weekend, we have had to cancel the Bee Improvement for All Day at South Brent. This is a great pity because there have been over 40 of these popular events since 2014, many of which have reached venue […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens : East Anglia

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared […]

Downloads

[…]will take the data generated by DrawWing and quickly display the results. http://www.drawwing.org/ BIBBA file collection There is a collection of useful Morphometric software that is as a zipped folder of several files that can be downloaded in one operation. Many of these have been created by Albert Knight on behalf of BIBBA. For technical reasons, that are due to Internet […]

Beekeepers come swarming to the Sustainability days

[…]in the UK? Yes (79%), No (8%) Bee imports are increasing (up fourfold since 2011 from the EU to UK) but the number of beekeepers has stayed broadly the same. The different genetics coming into the UK could possibly upset the existing bees with cross-breeding causing a range of issues such as change in temperament, less able to cope with […]
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NatBIP News No2

[…]of the queen rearing techniques open to us as beekeepers – plenty of food for thought. Don’t forget to join us on Facebook and share your journey and ask questions to get the most out of this programme. Enquiries to Sign Up for Emails on Future NatBIP […]

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

A key question any individual or group should consider is what method should I/we follow to Improve our bees and to produce queens. There are a few key choices depending on your aims, capacity (time and equipment) and capabilities. I’m assuming the reader is looking for a bee that is native and/or locally adapted. The first thing for a new […]
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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 […]

Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

[…]about every step at this stage but I will list out some learning points about getting yourself organised. Figure out how to create another 1-6 colonies for when a suitable larvae, queen cell, virgin queen or mated queen becomes available. Have a few things prepared so that when you get the call or email, it’s not a mad dash. As […]
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BIBBA Monthly – December 2020

[…]only will “ordinary” beekeepers watch the webinars, but also those involved in teaching and organising beekeeping at all levels. We have publicised widely, but in case the message hasn’t reached everywhere, please inform all beekeepers and your BKA about this webinar programme. It has been designed to help beekeepers understand their bees better and keep bees that are best suited […]

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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, […]

National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP)

[…]England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), with the twin aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands,* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a […]

BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens

[…]can be found here) As an EU country, Italy has the same stringent import/export regulations as the UK, which include clean health certificates from country of origin and consignment inspections, which are assessed according to risk. Imports from Italy to the UK continued as free trade until the Brexit transition period ended on 31st December 2020 and the new regulations […]
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Recommended YouTube Videos

There are a lot of beekeeping videos online. Some are excellent, with factual and sound information featuring good, knowledgeable and experienced beekeepers. Unfortunately there are many of dubious accuracy, giving poor advice that may be inappropriate for our conditions. As there is no vetting procedure to display educational material online, what is the inexperienced beekeeper to believe? BIBBA strongly believes […]

NatBIP News No4

[…]worldwide, on two sub-species, the Italian and the Carniolan. Beekeepers have tended to forget about the other numerous sub-species that have evolved over millennia to suit differing conditions. This genetic diversity within our bees allows us to select for the qualities that we wish to see in our bees. The article in BBKA News claims to support ‘locally adapted bees’, […]

East Midlands 1998

East Midlands Group - What Did We Learn in 1998? The East Midlands BIBBA group during the Autumn and Winter meetings look back over the past season and assess their activities in bee breeding. This identifies the areas where it is necessary to make changes, but it also shows us if the changes we made as a result of the […]

Scillonian Bee Project

RICK STEIN IN CORNWALL with Nick Bentham Green and Jilly Halliday For those followers of the BBC 2 programme Rick Stein in Cornwall our former Chairman Nick Bentham Green​ and Isles of Scilly beekeeper Jilly Halliday featured in the recently aired Episode 7 of Series 2. One of Rick Stein​'s research team contacted ​Jilly and Nick as they wanted to […]

March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]still run a viable business without introducing genetic instability into our bee stocks within the UK either through the use of imports, or by breeding within the UK that uses strains of bee other that can reinforce introgression. BIBBA is therefore launching an initiative for commercial and professional beekeepers using our flagship National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) which gives a […]

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NatBIP News No8

[…]writes: Buckley’s Bees are looking for additional part-time beekeepers, throughout the UK, to work with our ever-growing business and enthusiastic team – people who are passionate about these fantastic creatures and the good they do in the world. In addition to genuinely making a positive environmental impact, we can provide a good additional income stream – doing what you love… […]

BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter

by Duncan Heather & Brian Green I would be surprised if I wasn’t the only one to be pleases to see the back of the 2021 beekeeping season.  For me personally, it was the worst season I’ve had in 15 years of beekeeping.  Cold weather then, near continuous rain, well into May, meant the queen rearing was off to a […]

June 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]sustainable beekeeping. This is an ambitious ‘to do’ list, especially for a 100% voluntary organisation. It will take time and it will not be easy. However, we can win the argument and so achieve the necessary change in UK beekeeping. However, it will take determination and commitment from all of us, both Trustees and Members. Selwyn Runnett Developing Sustainability in […]

Bee improvement for all day- Lanarkshire

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

Constitution-2008

[…]Meeting. Appoint from among their number members to represent the Association on bodies and organizations to which the Association is affiliated or otherwise and determine the terms of reference of such persons. Appoint as non-voting members representatives from national beekeeping organizations. Appoint as deemed necessary from among their number posts of responsibility and make such other appointments from among their […]

Find, Mark & Clip the Queen

Finding queens in Spring, and marking and clipping them whenever necessary, has become an integral part of my seasonal beekeeping programme. This was not always the case, and for many years I tried to manage my bees without clipping or marking queens, until eventually I plucked up enough courage to have a go, and like many other beekeeping operations, which […]

Roger Patterson

President Events and Education Roger Patterson is a practical beekeeper who has kept bees since 1963. This was directly after the harsh 1962/3 winter, after which, a large number of bees and queens were imported. He quickly realised these imports were not well suited to our climate and conditions. A chance meeting with Beowulf Cooper resulted in him joining VBBA […]

“Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

[…]own queens from local stock and not rely on imports. “Bee Improvement for all” courses are organised by BIBBA on a nationwide basis, sometimes in conjunction with local BKAs or bee breeding groups. 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 […]

BIFA feedback

[…]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 put all the details on our on-line booking system. Then he proceeded to spread the word, […]

Jutland Visit

[…]not only for Denmark but for around the world. In the afternoon we visited the home farm of Jorgen Tjener Mikkelnson where we saw a barn in the farm being converted to a honey house. He had prepared 6000 brood comb, the woodwork being produced in Lithuania and the foundation being done by his lady friend who is also from […]

Native Honey Bees

[…]bees where they have become extinct. Much work is done by dedicated beekeepers and there are many organisations where help and encouragement can be had. In some there is an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience that is freely given to others. In some cases the introduced bee of choice does not always suit the climate, resulting in dissatisfaction and […]

Terry Hitchman

Terry lives in South Warwickshire in a village near Stratford-upon-Avon. He is a self employed builder with a farming background and his hobbies are beekeeping, farming and horses. Terry has 35 years experience in beekeeping and has been a member of BIBBA for approximately 20 years. He purchased his first Apis mellifera mellifera virgin queen at the East Midlands bee […]

Colonsay a honey bee haven

[…]threat to bees kept in apiaries today is the deadly Varroa mite, which was first discovered in the UK in 1992 and has led to the virtual elimination of feral bee colonies in many areas. Colonsay was chosen as a reserve because its bees are free from the disease and are genetically pure. The Scottish Government granted the order after […]

Galtee Bee Breeding Group

[…]among our members. We enjoy the full support and co-operation of the two main beekeeping umbrella organisations in Ireland: i.e. the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations in the Republic of Ireland and the Ulster Beekeepers’ Association in Northern Ireland. The Galtee/Vee valley is about 25 x 10 km and is situated between the mountain ranges of the Galtees and 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. […]

Steve Rose Queen Rearing

This is a queen rearing method to persuade non-prolific and non-swarmy bees to raise queen cells on a regular basis through the season. (updated July 2015) Summary: Put queen excluder(s) and 2 half-width brood boxes over a standard colony when the first supers would normally be fitted. Wait for bees to start putting nectar in the half boxes and mature […]

Leek and Moorlands – ST9

  Leek and Moorlands Beekeepers have been raising queens for over 30 years and welcome beekeepers of all levels of experience. Plans In 2018 we used the Miller method for cell raising, and grafed larvae and also used the Jenter  system..  We used Apidea mini-nucs for mating.  We also trained 4 members in instrumental insemination. Further Info You can see full […]

Controlled Mating and Hygienic Behaviour

The effect of one generation of controlled mating on the expression of hygienic behaviour in honey bees Gianluigi Bigio*1,3, Hasan Al Toufailia1 , William O H Hughes2 , Francis L W Ratnieks1 Honey bee mating cannot be directly controlled in the same way as in many agriculturally important animals. Instrumental insemination is, however, possible and can be used as an […]

Biodiversity and Local Partnerships

[…]of preserving native honey bee stocks (Apis mellifera mellifera) as these are best adapted to UK climatic conditions, instead of relying on continued importation of foreign subspecies. Unrestricted importation of alien queens and bees carries the associated risk of bringing in new pests and diseases (like Small Hive Beetle) and doesn’t capitalise on the UK’s genetic resource of Amm bee […]

Tony Maggs “Bee Farming with Native/Near Native Bees”

[…]of beekeeping, I started my own business in Derby called “The Honey Pot” (www.localhoney.co.uk) where I sold my honey and became a Thorne’s agent, supplying beekeeping equipment to the local beekeepers. My colonies slowly built up to the present number of about 40 plus. After 25 years, I recently moved to the Trent Business Centre, Long Eaton, which is closer […]
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Randy Oliver – Bees in California – Colony Buildup and Decline – Understanding Varroa – Breeding the Ideal Bee for Your Area

Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He and his two sons manage about 1000 colonies for migratory pollination, and produce queens, nucs, and honey. He has over 40 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. Randy researches, analyzes, and digests […]
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Group Presentation & Discussion “Bee improvement and bee breeding groups – some experiences and ideas”

[…]closely with other bee improvement groups in Cornwall and is now looking at setting up mirror organisations in both Devon and Somerset. Manx Bee Improvement Group (MBIG). Johnny Kipps. The 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 […]
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Work with Bangor University

[…]hybridization, as the honeybee has the highest recombination rate measured for any multicellular organism (Beye et al. 2006 DOI: 10.1101/gr.5680406). This study will determine the extent to which beekeepers’ analysis of wing-morphometry accurately identifies native bee genotypes through a comparison of geometric morphometric wing-analyses with detailed sub-regional determination of racial traits based on mitochondrial and nuclear (microsatellite/SNP) markers (Muñoz et […]

BIM 47 – Autumn 2016

From the President – Jo Widdicombe Now we have to look at the next 12 months and what we are going to do. I believe we should be aiming for 3 magazines per year, one every four months. 53 AGM Notice the AGM will take place at Harper Adams University TF10 8NB on Sunday 9th April 2017 From the Chair […]

Family Member

[column-half-1] If more than one person at the same address wishes to be a BIBBA member: The first person at any address will pay the full BIBBA membership of £20 but any additional persons living at the same address can join as family members for the reduced rate of £10. If two people are paying together at the same time […]

BIBBA AGM 2017

Order of the Day 09.30       Coffee & biscuits. 10.00       Welcome from President. 10.15   Lecture.   ‘Every little helps – excellent progress being made in  Cornwall’: Nicholas Bentham-Green. 11.15         Break. 11.30        Annual General Meeting. Open Forum – an opportunity for members to discuss issues of common interest and ask questions. BIBBA Accounts- to AGM 2017 Standing Orders present Budget 2017 BIBBA_Trustee_s_Report_2017 […]

BIFA – Colchester

[…]Colchester, Essex, CO7 0RE Telephone 01206 302466 or 01206 302005 e-mail .uk No receipt will be issued. Attendances may be accepted on the day, but only if the venue hasn’t reached capacity. A fee of £15/head will apply to all. If telephone or email bookings are made and full payment has not been received by 7 days in advance (unless […]

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 […]

BIM 48 – Winter 2016/17

From the President – Jo Widdicombe We have to start by ‘thinking local’ with our bees and if enough of us do that then we can, in fact, eventually change the national picture. 53 AGM Notice at Harper Adams University on Sunday 9th April 2017 Miniature tracking device – Paul Cross Development of a miniature, battery-less tracking device for honey […]

Event Info

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

[…]when we first select which queen cell to keep. Book Review – Philip Denwood Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, by Ross Conrad. Patron Saints – Brian Dennis Question: Who is the patron saint of beekeepers? Answer: The usual answer is St Ambrose, However, he is not the only saint to have responsibility for our craft. Conference Speakers List […]

Bee Improvement for All: Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden BKA with the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) are organising a ‘Bee Improvement for All’  day with Roger Patterson: 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 […]

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

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Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins has kept bees since the age of 14, a period of over 50 years. He now keeps around 40 colonies of near native bees in and around the marginal areas of Cardiganshire. Spending most of his working life as a Chartered Engineer working around the world on marine and naval projects has meant that, for many years, he […]

SICAMM Conference 2018

Finnish Beekeepers’ Association is happy to invite you to the SICAMM conference in Mustiala, Finland, 12th-15th July 2018 Per Thunman, Dorian Pritchard and Philip Denwood had an excellent meeting in Finland with Finnish colleagues. They stayed in the proposed conference centre and agreed the provisional programme which  can be seen on www.mehilaishoitajat.fi/sicamm-2018. This will be updated as soon as there […]

Breeding for resistance to Varroa destructor in Europe

Abstract – The rich variety of native honeybee subspecies and ecotypes in Europe o?ers a good genetic resource for selection towards Varroa resistance. There are some examples of mite resistance that have developed as a consequence of natural selection in wild and managed European populations. However, most colonies are in?uenced by selective breeding and are intensively managed, including the regular […]
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Bee Improvement for All – Edinburgh

Roger Patterson of BIBBA presenting:To encourage ordinary (that’s most of us!) amateur beekeepers to assess their colonies with a view to improving their bees using criteria they set themselves, which we hope will include improved temper and suitability to the locality. Simple recording will give information on which colonies to cull and which to breed from. There is encouragement to […]

BIM 45 – Spring 2015

From the Chair – Kevin Lincoln Good bees mean producing your own improved stocks, not the exotic imports that wonder where they have ended up … Looking for the best bees – M. Meixner & R Bu?chler An experiment about interactions between origin and environment of honey bee strains. Introduction of exotic bees – Brian Dennis The movement of food, […]

BIBBA Conference 2018

[…]travel there will be the opportunity to arrive on Thursday 6th Sept, with an evening lecture. The organisers want the conference to be a celebration of beekeeping at its best. Throughout the main three days there will be three streams of presentations to choose from. For identification purposes they are “Room 1, 2 & 3”:- Bee breeding, bee improvement, queen […]

Course Feedback

[…]and of confidence to practise the skills acquired. Considerable thanks are due to BIBBA for organising the courses, to Roger and Steve for their presentation and ready willingness to share their knowledge and to Mrs Lynn Rose for her generous hospitality and welcome. David Spalding FEEDBACK form the West Sussex course 2017 course […]

BIM 32 – Autumn 2009

The Harding Hive Debris Floor – John Harding I wanted as much of the debris to fall out free of the hive, specifically varroa, and show my design for a slatted floor Three fertile queens in one colony – Roger Patterson Follow up of the three queens that came through the 2008/9 winter Variation in susceptibility to bee diseases among […]

BIBBA Events Terms & Conditions

[…]be asked to leave the event for the duration, with no refund. 4.    BIBBA Conference and Event organisers reserve the right to change the conference speakers and titles. 5.    Catering at events may be contracted out and covered by the contactors insurance policy. 6.    Confirmation of booking All bookings will be confirmed via the successful PayPal or Eventbrite receipt email […]

BIM 30 – Winter 2008

Why the native bee is the best bee for the British climate. John E. Dews Discoidal shift. John E. Dews My approach to bee improvement. Roger Patterson Is the Dark Bee really native to Britain and Ireland? Dorian Pritchard The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations (FIBKA) and BBKA examination systems BIBBA Conference report. Breeding Groups Secretary. Jo Widdicombe The one […]

BIM 29 – Summer 2008

“The Dark Bee In Russia”, Moscow, 2008 Dorian Pritchard SICAMM Presidential Address, Moscow 2008 Dorian Pritchard Impressions of Russia Jo Widdicombe The Queen Rearing Day, Isle of Wight Ian King Queen rearing at Alnwick Brian Ripley Setting up the Ulster Bee Improvement Group (UBIG) Mervyn Eddie DEFRA Consultation Terry Clare Update on Stratford-upon-Avon Bee Improvement Group Peter Edwards Morphometry made […]

BIM 28 – Autumn 2007

Open Day at Cornbrook Bee Farm – Sandra Unwin Lancashire Queen Rearing Workshop – Ray Dowson The Carniolan Bee – Brian Milward Inbreeding in the Honeybee – Dorian Pritchard Galtee Bee Breeders’ Group Queen Rearing Workshop – Claire Chavasse Obituary: Claire Chavasse – Micheál Mac Giolla Coda Gormanston and BIBBA – Terry Clare BIBBA General Meeting, Gormanston – John Hendrie […]

Albert Knight

An appreciation by Brian P. Dennis: Albert Knight first became involved in BIBBA in the winter of 1977 when Adrian Waring was running a beekeeping course at Broomfield College, Derbyshire.   He joined BIBBA in 1978 and took over from Adrian as secretary in 1979, and remained in this role for many years.   He became the voice of BIBBA and was […]

Bees for Sale

[…]Frame Nucs Contact a Local BIBBA Group: We have a number of Bee Improvement Groups around the UK. Often these groups have surplus bees and queens. Click here to find your nearest group. Members wishing to sell bees can put a notice on the website. You must be logged in, then click […]

The Eden Project’s 2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping

[…]overview. Please address any questions you want addressing on genetics to .uk Victoria Buswell:- University of Plymouth Local adaptation in dark European honey bees: preliminary results and a request for help. Norman Carreck:- Sussex University Using whole genome sequencing to analyse the genetic diversity of the UK honey bee population. HONEY BEE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING Dr Mark Barnett, Edinburgh […]
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Sustainable Bees & Queens

for Everyone using low-cost, simple methods There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens : Midlands

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South West

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South East

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared […]

Appetitive floral odours prevent aggression in honeybees

Honeybees defend their colonies aggressively against intruders and release a potent alarm pheromone to recruit nestmates into defensive tasks. The effect of floral odours on this behaviour has never been studied, despite the relevance of these olfactory cues for the biology of bees. Here we use a novel assay to investigate social and olfactory cues that drive defensive behaviour in […]
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A Proposal for a National Honey Bee Improvement Programme

[…]partly due to more favourable weather conditions, but also perhaps due to a lack of initiative by UK Government and beekeeping organizations. DEFRA formed a committee in 2018, known as the “Queen Rearing Working Group”, with representatives of various beekeeping organisations in England, to investigate the possibilities of increasing home queen production in order to reduce the demand for imported […]
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Paypal UK Members

renewal each year on 1st January Ordinary membershipone person £25 Full Name Telephone number Joint membershiptwo people at same address £35 Full Name Telephone […]

BBOBI Group – April 2020 Newsletter

We managed to raise over 200 virgin queens last year, all from local stock and distribute them to 67 BBOBI members for mating from early May until mid July. We would like improve our efficiency this year, we tried may ideas. Some worked really well, (grafting from our own stock), some things wasted time, (travelling to others hive to try […]

PayPal – Rest of World

BIBBA communications are now online; we aim to produce occassional printed material. the overseas rate has been reduced to £20 membership is valid until 1st January next after completing your payment please go […]

Webinar – Season Three

The recordings for all our Season Three Webinars are on our Youtube Channel. Below is the play list (use the button that says 1/9 in the top right corner of the video […]

Queens – an example of collaboration between beekeepers, by Roger Patterson

For myself and my local association, Wisborough Green BKA (WGBKA) in West Sussex, where I am Apiary Manager, I usually produce at least 100 queens per year. This is mainly to replace poorer queens in honey producing colonies, provide queens to head nucs for new beekeepers and for members who need queens for a variety of reasons. We try to […]
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Alla Neal

Treasurer Alla started beekeeping in 2014 and together with her husband manages 12-15 colonies on multiple sites. She does not import bees and has been a BIBBA member since 2015. She has passed BBKA General Husbandry assessment in 2019 and hopes to become a Master Beekeeper and a Honey Show judge one day. Alla is a Chartered Accountant and is/was […]

Videos

Introduction There are many beekeeping videos online, but as with books, there are a large number that are poor quality, inappropriate for our conditions or give poor advice. There seems to be an urge by beginners to make a video about their new hobby and display it for the world to see, when they may lack adequate knowledge or experience. […]

Richard Senior

[…]Law with Information Technology before working in Austria, post graduation. After returning to the UK, Richard qualified as a primary school teacher and worked as an Assistant Headteacher in Catholic, Primary Education. Since 2019, Richard has been working as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator as well as being a member of the Bee Farmers’ Association- combining his love of bees […]

Webinars – Summary

Recordings of the majority of webinars are also available on our YouTube Channel Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our future […]

Webinar Programme

Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our future programme. Recordings of the majority of webinars are also available on our YouTube […]

Webinars on YouTube

OUR SPRING WEBINAR PROGRAMME HAS NOW FINISHED Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our exciting, upcoming programme. Recordings of the majority of our spring webinars are available below and on our YouTube […]

Colony Increase – The Roger Patterson Method

[…]used the whole method or parts successfully for over 40 years. Although it has been used in the UK, there is no reason why it can’t be successfully implemented throughout the world. It is suitable for all beekeepers, whether small scale where selective parts of this book can be used, or by larger sale where the full method is more […]
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NatBIP Guide

About this Guide This Guide is intended to be under constant review and will be added to, updated and amended in the light of the latest information and feedback from participants according to their experiences in improving their bees. Beekeepers may wish to refer to relevant sections of the Guide online or print out all or part of the Guide […]

Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

Colony Record Card – NatBIP 1 How to use This card is designed to be a multipurpose card that can be used for normal hive management as well as for bee improvement in one apiary, multiple apiaries, or in a bee improvement group. The data collected on each card is for one colony. The summaries at the end of the […]
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NatBIP News No3

[…]NatBIP News edition together, we are forecast near-Mediterranean weather across most parts of the UK, and more importantly for beekeepers, quite a sustained period of warmth over several days.  Perhaps these are the right conditions to finally get inside the hive and take a look at what’s been happening during the winter. One of my 2021 beekeeping objectives is to […]

NatBIP News No5

NatBIP News No5 The 2021 Season Many areas have had a difficult start to the season, through April and May. In Cornwall, where I am, the Spring season is usually good for bees, with plenty of nectar and pollen available. This season was quite different being cold and dry through April to the point of there being almost no nectar […]

Bee Improvement Days 2021

Bee Improvement Days 2021 The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA) will be running a small number of practical and theoretical courses during the summer months. These will be aimed at beekeepers who wish to improve their bees, with emphasis on suitability to the environment, docility, calmness on the comb, ease of management, good use of stores, etc. The […]

Live @ the Hive

We have been beset by technical problems but hope to return later in the year. Over the summer, BIBBA is broadcasting a series of live, unscripted apiary demonstrations. These will be live streamed on YouTube for members to watch. Recordings will be available later for anyone to watch. “Live @ the Hive” features Roger Patterson bringing you live sessions direct […]

BIBBA Monthly – June 2021

The Scillonian Honey Bee Project The Scillonian Honey Bee Project is the brainchild of Nick Bentham-Green. Nick is the Chair of B4 (Bring Back Black Bees) and a former Chair of BIBBA (Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association). The Project will run for between 5 and 10 years and will explore how beekeeping on the Isles of Scilly can become […]

NatBIP News No6

[…]emerge healthy and would be mated successfully....and so the wait began. Oh! And we didn’t forget to leave a queen cell in the cell raiser colony for them. It was really useful to keep a detailed record of our queen lifecycle. We used the record card from BIBBA. If our predictions were accurate, we were looking to see a new […]

Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

OUR NEW BREEDING APIARY Dr Fred J Ayres, Chair of Trustees, Lune Valley Community Beekeepers Lune Valley Community Beekeepers was founded in June 2016 by a small group of beekeepers who wanted to engage in more bee-centric rather than beekeeper-centric approaches to beekeeping, and adopt a focus on improving the environment for bees rather than producing honey. These approaches included: […]

The Native Irish Honey Bee

The Native Irish Honey Bee Apis mellifera mellifera Launched on the 18th September by our close friends and colleagues in Ireland, this book will become a ‘go to’ source of information not just for beekeepers in the island of Ireland but for all beekeepers who keep Amm bees or who want to know more. It covers all the essentials: What […]

BIBBA eLearning

Ever thought about becoming a beekeeper? Free taster session…what to expect x […]

BIBBA Books

[…]queen rearing is needed more than ever to overcome the increasing number of queen imports into the UK and their genetic impact on the locally adapted and native bees. For many, weak eyes and trembling hands make the idea of larval transfer via grafting a worrying challenge, especially when the larva is separated from its royal jelly and the potential […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]that would fit in with HRH the Prince of Wales’s objectives to manage the Estate as a fully organic enterprise farming naturally and sustainably. One of our Trustees, Brian Holdcroft assessed the Proposal and after discussion by the Committee of Trustees, it was agreed that it would make an excellent new Special Apiary Project and fit within our strategic sustainable […]

BIBBA YouTube Videos

All the videos on the list below are recordings of presentations that have been organised by BIBBA. They have been arranged into groups under headings to help viewers see what may be suitable for them. The list will be expanded when new videos are produced. All videos have good sound information that is suitable for beekeepers in the British Islands […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]the colony, by the fact that queens mate randomly in drone congregations. In this free-for-all sex orgy in the sky, the probability of a drone from a given colony reaching a queen, is a simple function of the number of drones from that colony being present in the air at that point in space and time. To understand this, imagine […]