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John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]when required. The Dark bee has the longest abdominal overhairs of the European races. The colony forms a ‘winter cluster’ when the air temperature falls to 2C. The bees which form the outer layer tuck their heads inwards and the abdominal overhairs interlock from bee to bee, insulating the cluster like the fur of a mammal. In late summer, perhaps […]

John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]this area and is a way of training them to build queen cells. How do we produce queen cells? All forms of introducing larvae will work. I have used both “frame” and “lid” method, with good success. Depending on night temperature either system can be used. You can also use proprietary systems or make your own if you wish. There […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]less likely to be lured out of the hive by bright winter sunshine than Italian bees. A m mellifera forms a compact brood nest with pollen stored as close to the brood as possible, sometimes below as well as above the brood. Honey is stored outside the pollen circle. It has often been heard said among beekeepers that heather honey […]
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East Midlands Bee Improvement Group-NG11

[…]apiaries, and eventually other beekeepers in the Vale of Belvoir and the region.   We have three forms of membership, full, associate and honorary. Active full members, who have the experience and commitment, work directly with the Group’s colonies. Associate members are those who wish to support our endeavours though cannot commit to regular attendance, or are practising beekeepers seeking to […]

Join a Group

[…]or if you wish to start and organise such a group, please complete this form: If you do not feel able to set up a group yourself but would like to get in touch with other members interested in getting together to form a group, please email   Download the Bee Improvement Group […]


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Giftaid Optout

Complete this form so that we will avoid troubling you again requesting a giftaid declaration. If you have also clicked the YES option for giftaid, please email the membership secretary to ensure we record your intentions correctly. Loading… If you change your mind later, you can complete the giftaid declaration […]


[…](termed “near native”). Events are of different duration and can take a number of forms, both with and without live bees. They are often run in conjunction with local hosts, mainly BKAs. We have standard events that with minor adjustments can be staged in any locality. Dates and details of BIBBA events that are planned will be added to the […]

Frequently Asked Questions

BIBBA are regularly asked very similar questions via email or when attending shows and events.  These FAQs are intended to answer some of them in the hope they will help beekeepers understand BIBBA and native and near native bees. If you cannot find the answer to your question above, please complete this […]


BIBBA Expense Claims This form is for BIBBA committee members to submit claims for reimbursement of expenses properly incurred in carrying out duties for BIBBA. Please ensure you have your receipt as a file on your computer (or on your google drive), this can be uploaded at the end of the form. If you have a paper receipt you can […]