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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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[…]pour les pollinisateurs, et pour trouver une liste des ouvrages de référence: […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP)

[…]England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), with the twin aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands,* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a […]

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 […]

BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens

[…]can be found here) As an EU country, Italy has the same stringent import/export regulations as the UK, which include clean health certificates from country of origin and consignment inspections, which are assessed according to risk. Imports from Italy to the UK continued as free trade until the Brexit transition period ended on 31st December 2020 and the new regulations […]
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Recommended YouTube Videos

There are a lot of beekeeping videos online. Some are excellent, with factual and sound information featuring good, knowledgeable and experienced beekeepers. Unfortunately there are many of dubious accuracy, giving poor advice that may be inappropriate for our conditions. As there is no vetting procedure to display educational material online, what is the inexperienced beekeeper to believe? BIBBA strongly believes […]

NatBIP News No4

[…]worldwide, on two sub-species, the Italian and the Carniolan. Beekeepers have tended to forget about the other numerous sub-species that have evolved over millennia to suit differing conditions. This genetic diversity within our bees allows us to select for the qualities that we wish to see in our bees. The article in BBKA News claims to support ‘locally adapted bees’, […]

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 […]

August 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]breeds and fits in with HRH the Prince of Wales’s objectives to manage the Estate as a fully organic enterprise, farming naturally and sustainably. The seeds were sown when BIBBA Trustee Nick Bentham-Green had discussions with Edward Parsons, the Sandringham Land Steward, and proposed that a similar project be run at Sandringham to that at Restormel in Cornwall. The idea […]

NatBIP News No8

[…]writes: Buckley’s Bees are looking for additional part-time beekeepers, throughout the UK, to work with our ever-growing business and enthusiastic team – people who are passionate about these fantastic creatures and the good they do in the world. In addition to genuinely making a positive environmental impact, we can provide a good additional income stream – doing what you love… […]

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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Local bees better than imports

locally adapted strains of honey bee consistently performed better than the “foreign” strains. Honey bee genotypes and the environment In recent years, much attention has been focused on the global problem of honey bee colony losses. Among the many explanations for these losses, variability in the genetic makeup and vitality of honey bee populations might help to explain some of […]

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

A Where do I find out about local groups or 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 […]
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