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Native Honey Bees

[…]I have been involved with virtually all kinds of bees. It is my strongly held view that the native or “native type” will take some beating over an extended period in U.K and Irish conditions. They are non-prolific, don’t turn their food into brood as some such as Italian’s do, are frugal and winter well if healthy. I have “native […]

A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]insemination has not been employed. This work shows that it is possible to reintroduce the native European dark honeybee into suitable areas without depletion of limited A.m.m stocks which could help conserve Apis melifera melifera as a distinct race and increase colonies of our native dark honey […]

What does ‘near-native’ mean?

[…]As a result ‘pure’ stocks of bees of the native sub-species can be difficult to find. ‘Near-native’ refers to bees which have a native appearance as well as characteristics similar to native bees although genetically they may contain some DNA from other […]

The Native Irish Honey Bee

[…]bee improvement and queen rearing, and a review of the past, present, and future for the native honey bee in Ireland. This is not just an excellent read, it is one of those books that you will keep going back to time after time. reviewed by Selwyn Runnett Published by the Native Irish Honey Bee Society, 2021. ISBN: […]

Abberton Native Bee Group/ Essex 4 Bees – CO2

[…]those closest to the base site. Although these queens will be open mated their sons will be pure native and we will be able to flood the area with native drones. In subsequent years we will bring in new queens and we will gradually improve the purity of the stock and spread the area we influence genetically. This is something […]
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Scottish Native Honey Bee Society

[…]Andrew Abrahams Soapbox presentations The role of science Making native bees available Defining the new society Exploring actions for the future [/column-half-1] [column-half-2] Aims for the day Understand native bees better Learn about existing groups Agreement on the society’s aims Getting more people involved Meet others from same area Decisions on what to do next [/column-half-2] full details of start […]

Tony Maggs “Bee Farming with Native/Near Native Bees”

[…]them successfully for many years. Could more professional apiarists find more rewards by using our native or near native bee? What are the risks and benefits? How would they compare with colonies headed by imported queens? Would it mean drastic changes to the methods of beekeeping, or might it be a simpler solution and more self sustaining? This lecture will […]
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What does ‘near-native’ mean?

[…]As a result ‘pure’ stocks of bees of the native sub-species can be difficult to find. ‘Near-native’ refers to bees which have a native appearance as well as characteristics similar to native bees although genetically they may contain some DNA from other […]

A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]insemination has not been employed. This work shows that it is possible to reintroduce the native European dark honeybee into suitable areas without depletion of limited A.m.m stocks which could help conserve Apis melifera melifera as a distinct race and increase colonies of our native dark honey […]

Native Honey Bees

[…]I have been involved with virtually all kinds of bees. It is my strongly held view that the native or “native type” will take some beating over an extended period in U.K and Irish conditions. They are non-prolific, don’t turn their food into brood as some such as Italian’s do, are frugal and winter well if healthy. I have “native […]

NatBIP News No9

[…]for the beekeeper. Can we bring queens into our area? The introduction of native or near-native queens can be used to speed up the process of refining our local bee population. Some may decide to just work with the bees in their area, refining those over a period of time, whilst others will consider that buying in can save a […]