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Bees for Sale

[…]beekeepers from buying imported queens. We presently do not have the ability to inspect or vouch for such queens and nucs and simply require the seller to give an assurance that they are raised from local stock and are not imports, and that the seller supports the objectives of BIBBA. Learn to Create Your Own: NatBIP Guide Roger’s “Free Bees […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]Insects) experimentation of breeding hygienic behaviour queens and offered the surplus stock for sale. The price is from £20.00 for Open-mated daughters of hygienic breeder queens to £500.00 for instrumentally inseminated daughters of hygienic breeder queens. At least we now know we are doing the right thing, only slower but at zero cost and also we know the value of […]

BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter

[…]additional 5 frame brood boxes added above, to make 2 story 10 frame hives. AMM Nucs and Queens for saleThis set up allows use to bring on the queens into full lay and to assess their performance.  It allows us to sell 5 frame nucs or mated queens.  We can also supply spare virgin queens to BBOBI members to get […]

Jutland Visit

[…]40 tonne of beeswax per year, and converts the best wax to foundation, which is then packaged for resale by himself or mostly by Sweienty, of whom later. Older discoloured wax is sent for industrial use and the residue is used to heat the boiler for his house. Poul raises over 2000 queens annually although he sells many virgin queens. […]

Native Honey Bees

[…]both winter and summer, are very harsh, Amm does really well. One September I saw four three frame nucs being prepared for winter. I urged the beekeeper to unite them to give them a chance of survival. I was told they would be O.K. At first inspection the following May they were all thriving colonies. These bees were very much […]

John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]has their own system of beekeeping and queen rearing that suits them, often without much thought for what’s best for the honeybee, or the possibility of causing unnecessary stress to the colony. The main purpose of any system I produce is its versatility and to have an additional use so you always double its value in purpose, and it’s not […]

A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]produce a pure line. Year 2. In 2011 another trip was made to source more brood and graft queens for 2011. A batch of virgins was produced using the same process as before and naturally mated with the drones from the previous years A.m.m. mothers. (It would NOT have been possible to breed pure queens from the previous year’s out-mated […]


[…]occasions. I am an examiner for the practical assessment and the General Husbandry. I run courses for beginners and for queen rearing. I worked for 3 years as a seasonal bee inspector in NE Wales. I give lectures on most topics of practical beekeeping, and was a speaker at the BIBBA 2014 conference at LLangollen. Talks include: Queen Rearing Making […]

Stiperstones & Long Mynd Area Bee Breeders – SY15

[…]with individuals or other small groups in the area who share our aims. We use grafting and mini-nucs as standard but have experience of other methods. Talks given and practical queen rearing skills demonstrated. contact Trisha […]
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Leek and Moorlands – ST9

[…]for cell raising, and grafed larvae and also used the Jenter  system..  We used Apidea mini-nucs for mating.  We also trained 4 members in instrumental insemination. Further Info You can see full details and register for information on our meetup site […]

Ardnamurchan Jan 2016

[…]on mainland Britain. It also offers stunningly beautiful scenery which, in itself, is a delight for those of us who live here and care for the bees. In 2015 we were awarded £5,500 Scottish Heritage Lottery Funding which has helped move the project to the next stage with: more colonies headed by Colonsay queens a well-equipment mating apiary rearing and […]

Clive de Bruyn “BIBBA in the Isle of Man 40+ years ago”

[…]countries). He is the author of several books and papers. Currently he is running 100+ colonies for honey, pollination and the sale of queens and nuclei whilst undertaking overseas extension work in the winter. Lecture Title: “BIBBA in the Isle of Man 40+ years ago” In the 1970s I was the group’s secretary of the Village Bee Breeders Association (now […]
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BBOBI Group – March April 2019 Newsletter

[…]Preston in the Ribble Valley Affiliated with BIBBA, Gearing up for Sunday 19th May – World Bee Day. Largest selection of different hive types we’ve ever seen in their teaching apiary, great shop, friendly team. Work has started to collect data for the Plymouth Uni PhD project run by Victoria Buswell on the phenological brood cycles of our bees and […]

Jeroen Vorstman “Queen Rearing Simplified”

[…]and I have a professional apiary and sell products from the hive under the name La Reine (French for Queen), queens, nucs and provide pollination services. Lecture Title: “Queen Rearing Simplified” Queen rearing simplified is about rearing the best quality queens and is useful for small and medium sized apiaries. The method is based on standard equipment and standard frames, […]
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Huw Evans “Electronic monitoring as a tool for better beekeeping and queen breeding”

[…]shows how energy efficient a colony is. With view to the current problems with queen health and performance, temperature profiles from the queen breeding nucs offer a clear explanation whether temperature gradient is responsible for the untimely emergence of queens. Acoustics tell us about bee activity and its type, which is potentially a very useful measure for determining at which […]
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Randy Oliver – Bees in California – Colony Buildup and Decline – Understanding Varroa – Breeding the Ideal Bee for Your Area

[…]4: “A Biologist/Beekeeper’s Practical Perspective on Breeding the Ideal Bee for your Area” Randy has bred bees adapted for his specific area, disease and parasite resistance, and business profitability for over 30 years. He will discuss both the biological considerations and practical […]
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Some history of the East Midlands group

[…]our Apidea mini-nucs with it this winter, ready to use it next season. This he has cut up to size for cementing into the plastic frames of the mini-nucs, and having made up a sample I am impressed with its strength. At the end of each season, all that will be required is to scrape the wax comb off, back […]

Keith Pierce “Apideas: Their operation and maintenance”

[…]and more. My home and main mating apiary is just on the outskirts of Dublin city, with the bees foraging over the extensive area of the Phoenix Park and the Liffey Valley, including the gardens of suburban Castleknock. My queens are naturally open mated, but I have been flooding the vicinity of my apiary with drones from my own native […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part two

[…]“4” may be someone else’s “3” and you’re comparing apples with oranges. My criteria for Temper for example are: 5) Bees remain on top of frames – few in the air4) Bees in the air not showing interest in the beekeeper3) Bees in the air flying around beekeeper2) Bees in the air some pinging off veil1) Bees in the air […]
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BIM 47 – Autumn 2016

[…]overwinter nucs with some degree of confidence. . . QR at Keepers Cottage – Peter Edwards Stands for mating nucs were then installed — appropriately made from hexagonal paving slabs — and we were ready to start! Black bees in Wales – Eifion Williams Adaptation and resourcefulness is a key factor to beekeeping and I wanted to create the boxes […]

Abberton Native Bee Group/ Essex 4 Bees – CO2

[…]3 native queens from Jo Widdecombe late in the season. I introduced the 3 queens into pre prepared nucs of my own mongrel bees (I left them in their cages for 3 days) and they were readily accepted. The colonies were then moved to Abberton and transferred into hives that Bill provided. In August Essex and Suffolk Water did a […]
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Countryfile – on the Rame Peninsula

[…]be reduced to the best 8. The surplus colonies will be moved from the area and used to supply bees for further nucs. The Edgcumbe reserve will be treated in a similar way so that anything which is not up to standard for any reason in the spring will be removed from the area and used for resources for any […]

Course Feedback

[…]– and the friendly banter, ensured that the seminars in the lecture room were stimulating and informative and proved a solid basis for the practical queen rearing demonstrations that followed on the second day, along with the improved weather. As the title implies, the course had as its focus bee improvement and its essential partner, queen rearing. However, it was […]

Albert Knight

[…]beekeepers show me a handout they had obtained from one of Albert’s presentations many years before. Old documents show how much Albert did for BIBBA, including a 19 year stint as secretary. At the 2006 BIBBA AGM Albert was presented with a crystal vase in recognition of many years outstanding service by BIBBA President Micheál Mac Giolla Coda. Failing eyesight […]

The Eden Project’s 2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping

[…]on Entrance to the conference will cost £18 per person for the early birds, and £22 standard. There is a concession for students. The ticket price includes a choice (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free/beef) of Cornish Pasty for lunch. Download Programme Saturday Morning HONEY BEE GENETICS AND ADAPTATION Dr Mairi Knight, Dr Jon Ellis, University of Plymouth:-Understanding honey bee genetics: a layperson’s overview. […]
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How I select my ‘Breeder Queens’

[…]appearance, bad temper, etc.) should be removed from the breeding area and used to make up nucs or even for honey production, but the main thing is that they are not allowed to put out drones in the area where you are trying to mate your queens. The books say a 10km radius (6 miles) is necessary to get reliable […]

Beekeepers come swarming to the Sustainability days

[…]frequently signposted attendees to the Dave Cushman website ( for more detail or information on the subject areas he was talking through. Overall, a fantastic attendance across the country and, hopefully, plenty of individuals, groups, BKA’s and teaching apiary managers who will be enthused to breed bees and queens for […]
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[…]and Supporters who are looking to breed bees and rear queens and/or want local opportunities for training and support; Establish a Mentoring Scheme for Members who would like support on issues and activities relating to native or near-native bees and sustainable beekeeping management practices; and Establishing specialist Groups of Members who have particular interests in relation to native or near-native […]

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

[…]colony with a nucleus with a newly mated queen and the success rate is pretty much 100%. Top tip for newer beekeepers is to always check your queenless colony is definitely queenless by giving a test frame of eggs – if they draw queen cells its queenless. Many good queens are lost by introducing to a colony that already has […]
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BBOBI Group – April 2020 Newsletter

[…]knocking them back an artificial swarm procedure.  Save those queen cells, try making two frame nucs. You could also read up on the Miller Method, this is a good link: Keep an eye on the What’sApp group, it is the best way to make cries for help. If you’re not included, email me your phone number to be added to […]

News for Non-Members – June 2020

[…]research see what you can do with a nuc box learn about some BIBBA webinars the full article on nucs is available to BIBBA members at […]

Queens – an example of collaboration between beekeepers, by Roger Patterson

[…]year. This is mainly to replace poorer queens in honey producing colonies, provide queens to head nucs for new beekeepers and for members who need queens for a variety of reasons. We try to encourage members to rear their own queens, but sometimes their bees need requeening with better stock. As many beekeepers only have a couple of colonies, they […]
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Conserving black bees

[…]right through to heath­ers in August and September. How­ever, cold, wet weather can confine foragers to their hives for weeks. The Blacks’ adaptive trait of storing slabs of excess pollen gathered during good spells keeps queens laying over dearth periods. Interestingly, Tentori­um, a very large Russian producer of bee products, selects and breeds Apis mellifera mellifera strains specifically to exploit […]

Welcome to the October BM Newsletter by Karl Colyer

[…]strong syrup form between the 1st and 27th September. The bees are very prolific – too prolific for the natural forage in leafy Cheshire. The other two hives were on National broods. Both colonies swarmed twice despite me taking a couple of frames away from one of them to help get the bee numbers down a bit. One colony was […]
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Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

[…]foraging bees may end up going back to the parent hive. I left new nucs locked up in a cool shed for three days before moving them out and onto a stand, opening up the entrance. So, did it all work? Not entirely. I had some bees not mate/return, some absconded, one queen was dead upon delivery and two were […]
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