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NatBIP News No9

[…]of individual colonies by the addition of imported queens. In the long-term we want to see a bee population that is locally adapted and truly sustainable, that is, for example, one that is not reliant on regular chemical treatments to control varroa. As beekeepers, we must consider the effects of our actions on our local bee populations. Re-queening an aggressive […]

September 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]are our honeybees to one another? – so we can make sure our honeybees are healthy and plan a bee breeding program. How far are our honeybees willing to travel? – so we can estimate where they might be finding flowers to forage on. How can we manage our beekeeping sustainably? – so we can work in harmony with our […]

August 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]closed herd/flock. When I began beekeeping in the mid 1970’s I initially stocked up with locally adapted bees and decided to adopt the closed herd/flock principle as far as possible with my beekeeping.  By the 1980’s I was becoming frustrated with the lack of Heritable Performance in my local bees, so I decided to purchase a Buckfast Abbey queen, this […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]on his own beekeeping enterprise using local strains of native Irish honey bee. Eoghan 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 […]
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Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]is it aimed at? This course is aimed at beekeepers who: - Have several colonies. Are involved in a bee improvement group or are considering starting one. BKA teachers, demonstrators and apiary managers. It will suit those who want to raise good quality queens in batches of 6 or more by using "artificial" methods in controlled conditions. The techniques demonstrated […]

NatBIP News No8

[…]is good for you, it is probably good for others. The 2022 NatBIP Record Card The NatBIP GUIDE is available on the BIBBA website, free for all to use. Some parts of the Guide are still not complete and there is always room for beekeepers to submit useful tips, techniques, and ideas. The 2022 NatBIP Record Card is available for […]

March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]Bees Blog BIBBA at BeeTradex Liz Childerley Saturday 11th March saw BIBBA represented at BeeTradex which was held, as usual at the NAC in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. The day was a huge success with six of the Trustees volunteering to staff the Stand across the course of the day. In addition, Jo Widdicombe provided one of the speaker sessions on Sustainable […]

Scillonian Bee Project

[…]yields have declined and the belief is that is as a consequence of ​the bees not being able to adapt, over a period of time to the unique Scillonian weather, in particular the long dry summers. ​This is more than likely because honeybees have been imported (but luckily from varroa free locations, Colonsay, and the Isle of Man). Another part […]


[…]in from around the world, many expressing admiration and praise for the way the Queen skilfully managed some very difficult and turbulent situations during her long reign and the manner in which she did it. The National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) has been launched in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]at present some 30 colonies in several apiaries, plus 20 hives in two apiaries in the Tiverton area as part of an independent association - Mid-Devon BEES - that a few of us have started three years ago, teaching beginners and others, with a bias toward conservation and the environment, rearing our own queens from black bees. Why do […]

Webinars – January 2022

[…]increased, so did his number of colonies until by 2008 the time involved in effectively managing them using conventional beekeeping techniques was so great that he had either to give up beekeeping or find alternative approaches. Over the next few years he reduced the number of colonies and visited beekeepers in several other countries and began to experiment with a […]