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Find, Mark & Clip the Queen

[…]the queen may be spotted running down the face of the comb. It is essential to develop a mental picture of the queen, especially her distinctive shaped abdomen and long legs which usually have a reddish or orange tinge. Often even very dark queens have what has been termed a sort of golden hue on their undersides, which makes them […]

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

[…]with our bees and if enough of us do that then we can, in fact, eventually change the national picture. 53 AGM Notice at Harper Adams University on Sunday 9th April 2017 Miniature tracking device – Paul Cross Development of a miniature, battery-less tracking device for honey and bumble bees BIBBA Conference – Viki Cuthbertson My friend and fellow beekeeper […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]a little further what these terms imply, and how the promotion of native bees might fit into the picture. One can draw up a spectrum of approaches to beekeeping as follows: 1. ‘Conventional’ beekeeping a): bee farming. 2. ‘Conventional’ beekeeping b): amateur beekeeping. 3. Horizontal or long hive beekeeping. 4. ‘Balanced’ beekeeping with horizontal top bar hives. 5. ‘Natural’ beekeeping […]

Black Bee Reserve

[…]at the chance to publicise the native bee to the 4th largest county in England! The apiary looks picturesque as the hives are situated in an old Victorian garden. The public have access to an undercover viewing area, guarded with netting for safe viewing of the hives.  The entrance to the viewing area is a giant WBC construct and once […]

NatBIP News No2

[…]is that you have a card that allows assessment of your colonies at each inspection. In this way a picture will quickly build up as to which colonies have what you want and which colonies, perhaps, need their queens replacing, or the colony at least removed from the ‘breeding area’. How long before I can select a ‘breeder queen’? Much […]

Sept 2020 – Karl Colyer intro

[…]prepare for the delivery and how to cope if a delivery appears just with 12 hours notice!   The picture above shows a typical batch just after delivery. My own bees were also interested in the new arrivals. The NatBIP programme is continuing onwards. Details on the next round of webinars are in this newsletter – please register so that we […]

Welcome to the October BM Newsletter by Karl Colyer

[…]bit more defensive as they mix their genetics with the local drone DNA. The two colonies (example picture above) have been fed with 50kg of sugar in 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 […]
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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

[…]queens, we need to use a system of record-keeping that allows us, over time, to build up a picture of the qualities of each queen. Beekeepers are often quite used to keeping records for the general management of their colonies but perhaps less used to record-keeping for assessing the qualities of their bees. There is no single correct way to […]

BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens

BIBBAOpposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens Here are 15 reasons why: Bee Health BIBBA supports the prosperity and wellbeing of all our current populations of bees, including honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees as well as other pollinators, Imported honey bees pose a considerable risk each year to our present populations in many different ways. This ever-growing practice […]
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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

[…]be marked down. Of course the temperament of the bees can vary at each inspection, but an average picture soon builds up. It is good practice not to tolerate colonies that are unpleasant to handle, particularly at this time of year, as they will deteriorate through the season as their size increases. Dealing with a bad-tempered colony is much easier […]

NatBIP News No4

[…] As we assess the qualities of our colonies at each inspection, we quickly build up a picture of which colony or colonies are worth rearing offspring from. Queen rearing does not have to be a complicated process; it may be as simple as performing a split on a strong colony and then harvesting the resulting queen cells for use […]

BIBBA eLearning

Ever thought about becoming a beekeeper? Free taster session…what to expect x […]