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BIBBA are regularly asked very similar questions via email or when attending shows and events. These FAQs are intended to answer some of them in the hope they will help beekeepers understand BIBBA and native and near native bees. What is the British Black Bee? This is a local name…
There is a tendency amongst some beekeepers to believe that the “grass is greener on the other side of the fence”, that imported bees are superior to the indigenous bee
It is said that the duty of a gardener (and indeed, a farmer) is to leave the soil in better heart than it was found. As for beekeepers, the same could be said about our bees. It is good to leave better quality bees what than we started with. This could mean more ‘hardy’, ‘pest and disease resistant’, ‘good-tempered’ and ‘productive’ bees, or whatever characteristics we value.
Record-keeping: the selection of local stock The honey bee colonies in our area should be viewed as our resources for selection and improvement. We may only be responsible for a handful of those colonies so there is a great incentive to co-operate and work with other beekeepers in the area…
Recordings of the majority of webinars are available on our YouTube Channel Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our future programme. This is a listing of the Spring 2021 programme, with links to the recording
What are honey bees, anyway?
Bees of all kinds belong to the order of insects known as Hymenoptera, literally “membrane wings”. This order, comprising some 100,000 species,