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Local bees better than imports

[…]honey bee strains consistently perform better than imported strains may thus strengthen local bee breeding programmes, and encourage the use of locally bred queens over those imported from elsewhere” Norman Carreck View the original article in Journal of Apicultural Research: JAR 53 2 […]

Where do I find out about local groups or get support to start one?

[…]get support to start one? BIBBA encourages members to set up local queen rearing groups.  click to see active groups here If you are already breeding or rearing queens with the aim of selecting for native traits but have not registered as a group we would be pleased if you would consider registering by contacting either the groups coordinator or […]

Section 3.1 – The Selection of Local Stock

[…]influence. By refraining from the use of imported stock we are already on the way to developing a local strain, shaped by ‘natural selection’ and also by ‘artificial selection’ or selection by the beekeeper. The process of improvement depends on propagating the genes of the best colonies and replacing, or removing from the area, the queens of the worst colonies, […]

Where do I find out about local groups or get support to start one?

[…]get support to start one? BIBBA encourages members to set up local queen rearing groups.  click to see active groups here If you are already breeding or rearing queens with the aim of selecting for native traits but have not registered as a group we would be pleased if you would consider registering by contacting either the groups coordinator or […]
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Why does BIBBA advise buying bees and queens locally?

[…]new. Bees imported from a distant location might also be genetically incompatible with your local stocks and this could result in unwanted behaviour in future generations. for details of recent research see […]
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Biodiversity and Local Partnerships

Halting the Decline of Bees and Other Pollinators in the UK 18th Nov 2015 at Grange Wellington Hotel, 71 Vincent Sq. London Report on A PUBLIC POLICY EXCHANGE Symposium by delegate Margie Ramsay MPhil The symposium attracted about 30 delegates mostly from the home counties of England and included a strange brew of scientists, agrichemical producers (Bayer), farmers and farming […]

Local bees better than imports

[…]honey bee strains consistently perform better than imported strains may thus strengthen local bee breeding programmes, and encourage the use of locally bred queens over those imported from elsewhere” Norman Carreck View the original article in Journal of Apicultural Research: JAR 53 2 […]

NatBIP News No9

[…]by that queen could mate with new queens in that area resulting in further hybridisation of the local population. This hybridisation of our local bees makes bee improvement in our area more difficult, as hybrids do not breed true and, therefore, make selection and improvement a slow and difficult task. The National Bee Improvement Programme Who can participate in NatBIP? […]

September 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]engaged with the Project thanks to the 'Game of Drones', a talking point on the islands by the locals and visitors, and also thanks to the recent Sunday broadcast on BBC Radio 4!   Supporting and engaging with the local schools has proved to be a real 'winner!' And the pupils have loved getting involved with the marking of drones. Bee scientists […]

August 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]By the 1980’s I was becoming frustrated with the lack of Heritable Performance in my local bees, so I decided to purchase a Buckfast Abbey queen, this proved to be a mistake, my local bees outperformed the Buckfast and in the second generation Chalk brood became a major problem. At this time, I became aware of the native honeybee Apis […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]currently manages over 150 colonies and rears native queens for his own use and that of local beekeepers. (Photographs by Edmond Kirwan and Jim Agnew) First published in An Beachaire (The Irish Beekeeper) The reader may groan and sigh, “not another queen-rearing method,” and I agree that there seems to be an endless number of ways of rearing queens, including […]
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