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BIM 49 – Spring 2017

From the President – Jo Widdicombe Trials and Tribulations – Frank Hilton Are you a Natural Beekeeper? – Brian Dennis Natural Beekeeping – Philip Denwood Racial Profiling of Mongrels – Paul Honigmann Bee Improvement and QR – R Patterson History of Manx beekeeping – Cilla Platt Making Increase – Brian Dennis Locally Adapted Bees – Wally Shaw Bee Races in…

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. Advice from Micheál Mac Giolla Coda

Laesoe 2004

Laesoe Conference 2004 BIBBA and SICAMM Combined Laesoe Conference 2004 Ten delegates from Ireland and the UK decided to approach the Danish island of Laeso, venue of the 2004 SICAMM/BIBBA Dark Bee Conference, from Gothenburg in Sweden. The chosen conveyance, Mr. Börjeson's "sea taxi", provided an efficient though very choppy passage. Once on the island we joined other BIBBA members…

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…

A Native Dark Bee Project

Margie Ramsay reports on a project reintroducing A.m.m. to a reserve in Scotland. Update July 2015 In 1905, just before the First World War there was a 20 year long bee plague called Isle of Wight disease which was considered by many, including bee breeder Brother Adam, to have eradicated the native subspecies of dark European honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera…

Ardnamurchan Jan 2016

Ardnamurchan Scottish Black Bee Project This Summer will be the third season for the project, which began in 2014 with funding support from BIBBA and 5 queens from Andrew Abraham’s Black Bee Reserve on the Isle of Colonsay. The Ardnamurchan peninsular, being isolated and with no known honey bee colonies before the project started, provides a near-unique opportunity for pure…

The health and status of the feral honeybee population of the UK

abstract of thesis Catherine Eleanor Thompson: While declines in managed honeybee colonies are well documented, little is known about the health and status of feral honeybee populations. To date no studies have considered the wider pathogen burden in feral colonies, whether they represent a genetically distinct population, a remnant native population or a unique source of genetic resistance.
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Work with Bangor University

North Wales BIBBA groups have teamed up with South Clwyd Beekeepers and Bangor University. The first study by Bangor concerned a survey of bee wings throughout South Clwyd. The wings were analysed using DrawWing and Morphplot. The samples were collected by BIBBA breeding groups and members of SCBKA and then tested by a number of BIBBA queen rearers and the…

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

The article below is based on a lecture given by Philip Denwood to the SICAMM Conference in Landquart, Switzerland, on 1st September 2012 Articles by Dr. Dorian Pritchard,1 and by Norman Carreck2 of the Laboratory of Social Insects at Sussex, have presented the evidence, convincing in my opinion, for the immigration of the honey bee into mainland Britain across the…
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BIM 41 – Spring 2013

News from North Wales – Steve Rose AGM Proposal 2012 – Will Messenger The Native Bee – Dorian Pritchard Wing Morphometry Service – Will Messenger Trustees Report – Will Messenger Report and Accounts – Iain Harley Project Discovery Phase 2 – Will Messenger NIHBS – Aoife McGillycuddy Morphometry Measurements – Jacob Kahn PhD Genuine Imported Queens Part 2 – Will…

BIM 37 – Spring 2012

What’s in a Name – Will Messenger A Proposal – Jo Widdicombe The BIBBA Constitution Genetic Influence – David Campbell Project Discovery – Terry Clare A Bright Future – Dorian Pritchard Dave Cushman’s Website – Roger Patterson Wing Morphometry – Peter Edwards Galtee Bee Breeding Group – Mary Ryan John Dews Update – Tony Jefferson

BIM 51 – Summer 2018

From the President – Jo Widdicombe Albert Knight – J. Phipps, D. Allen and A. Stokes BIBBA Conference – Roger Patterson Shakespeare’s Bees – Gaynor Smith Just look what happens if . . . – Dorian Pritchard In Memory of Abess – Dawn Boswell-Challand Sustainable Beekeeping – David Ledger Two days at Cilgwri – David Spalding Stratford-upon-Avon BIG – Terry…

Lester Wickham

Lester passed away in February 2020. He joined BIBBA in 1975 and took an active role including 11 years as treasurer.

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.
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I Want Bees

Which is the Best Bee? 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…

BIM Index Issues 1-25

Bee Improvement Magazine: subject index. Issues 1-25 to search the index type Ctrl+f (Cmd+f on Mac) to open search box Africa Beekman, Dr. Madeleine "The Cape invaders." 9, 12 Allergies Tarzi, Dr. M. D. "Allergy to hymenoptera venom." 9, 8 Apis mellifera mellifera Burry, Harris "Conserving biodiversity in the dark European honey bee." 2, 8 Crudgington, Dr. H.G. "Hygienic behaviour…

BIBBA Monthly – August 2020

Webinars – Season Two Varroa – is the end nigh? NatBIP – selecting within a strain End Of Season Use For Your Mininuc Bees and Frames

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HAVE YOUR SAY At the end of each BM, we will include this section. We welcome feedback of all kinds and will endeavour to act on each response if we can. Obviously, some people want things that are the opposite of others (have you ever heard about this dilemma in beekeeping?) but all feedback is welcome.If you want to contribute…

Nucs

THE PURPOSE(S) OF YOUR NUC(S) This month’s main article is a chapter from an upcoming book, The Nuc – An Essential part of your Sustainable beekeeping Plan… Bees live a very purposeful life, often drawing comb, storing food etc. for future generations of bees. Similarly, we should do our beekeeping on purpose.  So, what is making you raise one or…

Varroa – is the end nigh?

On the 11th March 2020, I had the chance to attend a talk by Professor Stephen Martin on varroa. I was so impressed by what was said that evening and delighted that he had agreed to share this at a BIBBA conference on 24thMay. Little did I realise at the time that this would be my last bee meeting before…

News for non-members – August 2020

BIBBA News for Non-Members - August 2020 Welcome to the August News. I’ve been increasing my bee stocks this year. Some increase has been via queen rearing from my own stock, some as a very kind donation from a local BIBBA group member and some via posted mated and virgin queens from other parts of the country as part of…

Conserving black bees

CONSERVING BLACK BEES (Apis mellifera mellifera) in the Hebrides, Scotland by ANDREW ABRAHAMS, via the American Bee Journal Readers might ask, why on earth spend much of a lifetime con­serving what most beekeepers perceive as an aggressive, unproduc­tive race of honey bee — a race per­haps left behind by history? I was fortunate, often by chance rather than grand design,…

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

Last year, I did several splits including splits of all my favourite breeder colonies in mid-August. It was a slight gamble where I live in Cheshire but the weather was fair and the outlook very similar. Roger mentioned that I was out of action from last September (2 months to get walking, a year to pass a medical to get…
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Adam Tofilski Webinars

Adam Tofilski is Professor at the University of Agriculture in Krakow view webinar details: How to protect native honey bees Morphometric identification of honey bee subspecies

Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

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 way to learn is…

BIBBA Monthly – April 2021

At the recent BIBBA AGM BIBBA gets a makeover How training and information sources for beekeepers and beefarmers can be improved From the President East Midlands 1998 Extra webinars for Season Four – Spring 2021 Will you have Queens or Nucs for Sale?

NatBIP News No 7

It is said that the duty of a gardener (and indeed, a farmer) is to leave the soil in better heart than it was found. As for beekeepers, the same could be said about our bees. It is good to leave better quality bees what than we started with. This could mean more ‘hardy’, ‘pest and disease resistant’, ‘good-tempered’ and…

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:…