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Find, Mark & Clip the Queen

Finding queens in Spring, and marking and clipping them whenever necessary, has become an integral part of my seasonal beekeeping programme. Advice from Micheál Mac Giolla Coda

Colonsay a honey bee haven

TWO remote Hebridean islands have become the UK’s first reserve for native honey bees after a landmark ruling by Scottish ministers. There are around 250 native species of bee in Britain but just a single honey bee – Apis mellifera. The isles of Colonsay and Oronsay are currently home to around 50 colonies and have now been named in a…

Bacteria Help Honey Bee Larvae

Honey bees are under constant pressure from a whole host of stresses—diseases, poor nutrition,sublethal effects of pesticides, and many others. While researchers have been aware for a number of years of a community of bacteria in adult bees that may aid with some of these stresses,Agricultural Research Service researchers have identified the first bacteria that offer a benefit to bee…

BIM 48 – Winter 2016/17

Miniature tracking device – Paul Cross BIBBA Conference – Viki Cuthbertson Quest to Improve the Manx honey bee – Johnny Kipps, et al Bee house on the Isle-of-Man – Roger Patterson BIBBA Conference; some thoughts – R Patterson Varroa resistance – Gareth John Dark bees in Cornwall – Bob Black Ardnamurchan native bees – Kate Atchley . Queen raising criteria…

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

From the President – Jo Widdicombe Trials and Tribulations – Frank Hilton Are you a Natural Beekeeper? – Brian Dennis Natural Beekeeping – Philip Denwood Racial Profiling of Mongrels – Paul Honigmann Bee Improvement and QR – R Patterson History of Manx beekeeping – Cilla Platt Making Increase – Brian Dennis Locally Adapted Bees – Wally Shaw Bee Races in…

NatBIP News No2

Signs of increase It seems we really are on to something with NatBIP - since its launch we now have over 3000 supporters. In addition, BIBBA has increased its membership by nearly fifty percent in the last 12 months. The feedback we have received from supporters and members has been amazing and we are so encouraged by your stories. One…

BIM Index Issues 1-25

Bee Improvement Magazine: subject index. Issues 1-25 to search the index type Ctrl+f (Cmd+f on Mac) to open search box Africa Beekman, Dr. Madeleine "The Cape invaders." 9, 12 Allergies Tarzi, Dr. M. D. "Allergy to hymenoptera venom." 9, 8 Apis mellifera mellifera Burry, Harris "Conserving biodiversity in the dark European honey bee." 2, 8 Crudgington, Dr. H.G. "Hygienic behaviour…

BIBBA Monthly – August 2020

Webinars – Season Two Varroa – is the end nigh? NatBIP – selecting within a strain End Of Season Use For Your Mininuc Bees and Frames

BIBBA Monthly – July 2020

view the latest on NatBIP how to select your breeder queensdownload Beo Cooper's bookupdates on the webinarslearn about drones from "queen" cellsJoseph Tinsley - ahead of his time

NatBIP – Selecting our Breeder Queens

Assessment of Colonies A fundamental part of the National Bee Improvement Programme will be the assessment of our colonies.  A quick and easy system of recording qualities is vital to the selection of our breeder queens.  Selection of these breeders not only allows us to raise the next generation of queens but also plays an important role in producing a…

News for Non-Members July 2020

Welcome to BIBBA News for Non-Members – July 2020 Table Of ContentsBeo Cooper's book:NatBIP UpdateSelecting our Breeder Queens It’s been a busy month with the beekeeping amongst the variable weather and I hope many of you have had a go at making new colonies. The picture here is from a delighted host for a couple of my new colonies. It’s…

News for non-members – August 2020

BIBBA News for Non-Members - August 2020 Welcome to the August News. I’ve been increasing my bee stocks this year. Some increase has been via queen rearing from my own stock, some as a very kind donation from a local BIBBA group member and some via posted mated and virgin queens from other parts of the country as part of…

Sept 2020 – Karl Colyer intro

Welcome to the September Newsletter. I mentioned last month that I’d been receiving mated and virgin queens through the post as part of the NatBIP piloting process. Each batch survived the postal journey from East Sussex to Cheshire and we picked up useful information about posting queens during hot weather, how to prepare for the delivery and how to cope…

Welcome to the October BM Newsletter by Karl Colyer

Welcome to the October Newsletter. I try to help new beekeepers on their beekeeping journey. I have somewhat ‘adopted’ a couple of first year beekeepers who bought Buckfast nucs this year and then contacted me for help. One had two colonies on commercial frames. Both colonies swarmed in June. The new queens have since mated and one of the colonies…
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BIBBA Monthly – September 2020

National Bee Improvement Programme Webinars - Season Three Cupkits, Fakes and Annoyance Conserving Black Bees

BIBBA Monthly October 2020

NatBIP webinars Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees Queens – an example of collaboration between beekeepers Bee business for sale Future webinars

NatBIP Guide

About this Guide This Guide is intended to be under constant review and will be added to, updated and amended in the light of the latest information and feedback from participants according to their experiences in improving their bees. Beekeepers may wish to refer to relevant sections of the Guide online or print out all or part of the Guide…

Section 3.1 – The Selection of Local Stock

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 to increase our sphere of influence. By refraining from the…

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 No3

Introduction - Liz Childerley, BIBBA Publicity Officer Photo by kind permission of Roger Patterson As we put this NatBIP News edition together, we are forecast near-Mediterranean weather across most parts of the UK, and more importantly for beekeepers, quite a sustained period of warmth over several days.  Perhaps these are the right conditions to finally get inside the hive and…

NatBIP News No4

Sustainable beekeeping: Local adaptation and the native sub-species DEFRA’s response to the 10,000+ signatories opposed to the import of package bees, through the loophole of trade between Northern Ireland and Britain, has just been announced. It seems they have gone back on their assurances, made in February, that only queens, and not packages of bees, can be imported from Europe.…

BIBBA Monthly – Sept 2021

Roger Patterson: A review of BIBBA over the past year Call for someone with insurance expertise Planned publications The Teaching Apiary Peter Jenkins Thoughts on Beehives

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