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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 […]

June 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]with our education and training programmes; Work with other beekeeping organisations (including local beekeeping associations) to promote the case for locally adapted and native bees and beekeeping sustainability, and get them to change what they do and how they do it; Develop models of sustainable beekeeping; and Develop alternative business models for commercial beekeepers based on sustainable bees and sustainable […]

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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Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]individual events for details. Accommodation is not included, but there should be several options locally depending on your needs and budget. If you need help, then please ask. Anything else? We try to hold these courses in areas where there are opportunities for accompanied persons or the chance for an extended stay. Although not part of the course, it is […]

NatBIP News No8

[…]breed the bees for us where we are not local enough. Additionally, with each new site comes a new local employment opportunity and we employ local beekeepers to manage our client’s colonies. The Buckley’s Bees breeding programme focuses on selectively breeding native honeybees. Traits such as appearance, habit and longevity, with queens frequently achieving productivity for over four years, are […]