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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 […]