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John Harding Queen Rearing

The main purpose of this systemis its versatility and to have an additional use so you always double its value in purpose, and it's not lying around for the best part of the year unused. Given the choice honeybees prefer vertical narrow empty spaces with unlimited depth, and just enough space to build 5 or6 combs side by side...

Steve Rose Queen Rearing

This is a method of persuading non-prolific and non-swarmy bees to raise queen cells on a regular basis through the season.

Jeroen Vorstman “Queen Rearing Simplified”

After my study of Forestry and Nature Conservation I began beekeeping and started as a professional pollinating beekeeper. I worked for Wageningen University and Research Center for the bee research unit and for 8 years as Managing Director for the Dutch Beekeepers Association. I wrote the book "Beekeeping for Everyone" (in Dutch) and now I’m working on my second book,…
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BIBBA Queen Rearing Table (Tom’s Table)

The original Microsoft Excel file was written by Angus Stokes and Albert Knight to provide an interactive way to prepare timetables for using the Jenter or Cupkit Cellplug Box. This is a more comprehensive version of "Tom's Table" that has been rewritten by Roger Patterson in 2015, to include other methods of producing queen cells and to correct one error.…

Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

Queen Rearing Methods There are so many techniques of queen rearing, and so much has been written about them, that it may seem unwise to add any more. Studying too many methods can be a source of much confusion and leave one overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed. Like most things in beekeeping, the best way to learn is…

Queen Rearing Timetable

This Microsoft XL file was written by Angus Stokes and Albert Knight and provides an interactive way to prepare timetables for using the Jenter or Cupkit Cellplug Box. With a bit of tweaking it can be used for other methods of cell raising. Download Excel spreadsheet of Tom's Table: tomstble2-3

Bee Breeding and Queen Rearing Courses UK

[column-half-1] Teaching Events There are three types of BIBBA event to help and encourage beekeepers to raise their own queens from locally adapted colonies, rather than to use imported queens that may not suit their environment, or run the risk of importing pests and diseases. BIBBA Open Days Bee Improvement For All (BIFA) days One and two day Bee Improvement…

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

Margaret Murdin “Bee Genetics Explained” – “Understanding the Queen

Margaret has been keeping bees for about 12 years and is a practical beekeeper who learnt her skills as a member of the Ormskirk and Croston Branch of the Lancashire Association. She is a member of BIBBA and keeps bees that are well adapted to the local area. She currently has 20 colonies across 3 apiaries and is interested in…
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Huw Evans “Electronic monitoring as a tool for better beekeeping and queen breeding”

With a consuming interest in engineering and innovation since a young age, Huw obtained a First Class Honour’s degree in Electronic Engineering and PhD in Microwave Engineering. A keen beekeeper for over 15 years now, Huw has a passion for finding out what bees are doing while undisturbed. As a result, Huw is the managing director and co-founder of Arnia,…
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“Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

“Bee Improvement for all” is a one day course that is designed to help beekeepers to improve their bees by using some of the opportunities that bees give them during the season, as well as giving information to those who wish to raise more queens .

Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Groups

BIBBA encourages the formation of local queen rearing groups to aid the improvement of local bees and to support the objectives of BIBBA to improve and propagate the native and near native honey bees. Benefits of Local GroupsMany beekeepers only have a small number of colonies, so they find it easier to work with others. A group will have beekeepers…

Jutland Visit

Report On Visit To Jutland Report by Tom Robinson This is an account of The British Bee Farmers Associations Spring meeting to West Jutland, Denmark in the spring of 2003. On Thursday 13 March we flew from Standsted to Esbjerg taking the bus to Rinkobing Fjord to stay in our base of the Hotel Fjordgarden where David Ashton, who is…

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Files And Applications Associated With Bee Improvement, Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding These downloadable files are used by individual beekeepers and groups to help them with their bee improvement and queen rearing activities. BIBBA gives permission to freely copy any or all of these files for personal use and also pass the files to others interested in breeding honey bees. BIBBA only…

Galtee Bee Breeding Group

The Galtee Bee Breeding Group was formed in the year 1991 with the object of conservation, study and improvement of the native strains of dark European Honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera in the Galtee/Vee valley and surrounding areas of South Tipperary. In the first year we had only four members and increased our membership only very gradually during the early years.…

Improving bees by raising your own queens – one and two day courses

The improvement of bees is an important part of beekeeping. The suitability of bees to the environment and their temper are issues that concern the caring beekeeper, but are not often included in tuition. This course will cover many of the topics and techniques that will suit the "ordinary" beekeeper, with a large practical element
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Nick Mawby

Membership/WebsiteDeputy Chair Nick Mawby has kept bees since 1977.  He has managed a queen rearing group in Leek, Staffs for 30 years; this group became the association teaching apiary but is now refocusing again on queen rearing.He is chairman and webmaster of North Staffs Beekeepers Association. When not beekeeping, Nick will take off in his campervan. For any comments regarding…

Lecturers

Beekeeping Lecturers The following list of lecturers and demonstrators is intended to help event organisers plan their programme. All of them support the aims of BIBBA, but BIBBA are unable to verify their knowledge, ability or suitability to your requirements. Please make arrangements directly with the speaker. Roger Patterson Roger Lives in West Sussex and will travel any distance. Tel…

Stiperstones & Long Mynd Area Bee Breeders – SY15

SLABB [Stiperstones & Long Mynd Area Bee Breeders] is based in mid Shropshire/adjacent Welsh Marches. Core activities centre around selective breeding from the best near-native bees and local bees showing native characteristics and behaviours, hence improving thrift, robustness and temperament. Happy to work collaboratively with individuals or other small groups in the area who share our aims. We use grafting…
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Denbigh Vale of Clwyd – LL16

Denbigh, Ruthin and outlying areas. Queen rearing, selective breeding and bee improvement. contact Steve Cawthray

Ardnamurchan Jan 2016

Ardnamurchan Scottish Black Bee Project This Summer will be the third season for the project, which began in 2014 with funding support from BIBBA and 5 queens from Andrew Abraham’s Black Bee Reserve on the Isle of Colonsay. The Ardnamurchan peninsular, being isolated and with no known honey bee colonies before the project started, provides a near-unique opportunity for pure…

BBOBI Group – March April 2019 Newsletter

We know everyone is busy, but thought we'd draft a little newsletter of the topics covered in March and April. Tried to keep it short, but please get in touch if you need more information on any of the topics. Links and names have been included to try help you Google your way. As with all our communications - please…

AGM 2016

09.30         Coffee & biscuits10.00         Welcome from PresidentSpeaker: Sue Loughran, Bangor University, Wales.11.30          Annual General Meeting Trustees Report & Accounts Now Online Sue Loughran "A Tempero Spatial Analysis of Bee Races in North Wales" I live in hill farming country in North West Wales, near the village of Llanfairtalhaiarn, Abergele. Originally from Liverpool, I moved to Wales in 2001, where I…

Jim Vivian-Griffiths “Mating Biology of Honey Bees”

: I qualified as a Master Beekeeper in 2014, winning the Wax Chandlers Award. I passed the Lectureship Examination at the Gormanston Summer School in 2015 becoming a Certified FIBKA Lecturer. I am a BBKA assessor for Basic and General Husbandry. I have been beekeeping with my wife Val, who is also a Master Beekeeper, for 17 years. We live…
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Mike Saunders “A current attempt to recover Apis mellifera mellifera from mongrelised stocks in the Welsh Borders”

Professional engineer. Keeping bees since 2006. Helped two very experienced beekeepers for 2 years trying to improve bees by small-scale rearing of first-cross Carniolan queens. In 2009 switched to using "nearish-native" native bees, and since then has been studying the native bee and the science of bee breeding. In 2010 started a local Group using selective breeding of the "nearish-native"…
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Where do I find out about local groups or get support to start one?

BIBBA encourages members to set up local queen rearing groups.  click to see active groups here If you are already breeding or rearing queens with the aim of selecting for native traits but have not registered as a group we would be pleased if you would consider registering by contacting either the groups coordinator or the web master. If there…
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Pete Sutcliffe – “The hive as a processing centre”

Pete Sutcliffe has been keeping bees for over thirty years now, having started out with two home-made WBCs inherited from his father. He now works in a beekeeping team with his wife: together they keep an average of 20 colonies on various sites in the Dane Valley in Cheshire. Following his retirement, Pete put himself through the various BBKA examinations…
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Some history of the East Midlands group

A problem that has long been with us, has been to find a mating site that gives reasonable isolation. We have used sites several hundred miles from our base. These include Spurn Point on the East Coast, and the Elan Valley in Wales. The restriction on movement of bees when varroa arrived put an end to such travelling, and over…

Irene Power “Beekeeping and a Full Time Job”

Irene Power comes from a well-known and successful beekeeping family. She has had many successes in honey shows in Ireland and London. Irene is a member of South Tipperary Beekeepers Association & former Secretary of the Clonmel Honey Show (Largest Honey Show in Ireland). Irene provides beginners courses, Intermediate & Senior Study Groups in county Limerick and helps with outdoor…
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part two

<- Part One More advanced Strategies in Bee Improvement suitable for native bees Many people find queen rearing a daunting prospect. There is an overwhelming amount of information, methods and advice. For clarity you simply need to select your selection criteria, a method of starting queen cells, a method of mating your queens and a method of introducing your queens.…
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Work with Bangor University

North Wales BIBBA groups have teamed up with South Clwyd Beekeepers and Bangor University. The first study by Bangor concerned a survey of bee wings throughout South Clwyd. The wings were analysed using DrawWing and Morphplot. The samples were collected by BIBBA breeding groups and members of SCBKA and then tested by a number of BIBBA queen rearers and the…

BIM 47 – Autumn 2016

Queen raising – Alan Brown Burzyan wild-hive honeybees – R. A. Ilyasov, M. N. Kosarov. A. Neal, F. G. Yumaguzhin Queen rearing on the Isle of Man – John Evans The SMARTBEES project – Jo Widdicombe Conferences and Workshops – Roger Patterson Working for a better bee – Mark Edwards Polynucs – Peter Edwards QR at Keepers Cottage – Peter…

BIM 46 – Winter 2015

The Honey Bee family – Brian Dennis A word from Brother Adam – Brian Dennis QR – some experiences – Roger Patterson BIBBA Conference – Roy Norris The BIfA workshop – Katey Slater Grafting – Roger Patterson Assessment of the black bee – Willie Robson News from SICAMM – Philip Denwood Dark Bee Seminar – Philip Denwood The BIBBA Course…

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…

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

The article below is based on a lecture given by Philip Denwood to the SICAMM Conference in Landquart, Switzerland, on 1st September 2012 Articles by Dr. Dorian Pritchard,1 and by Norman Carreck2 of the Laboratory of Social Insects at Sussex, have presented the evidence, convincing in my opinion, for the immigration of the honey bee into mainland Britain across the…
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BIM 42 – Winter 2013

Dark Bee Reserve – Philip Denwood BIBBA Groups News – Jo Widdicombe Whither goest thou? – Brian Dennis Are you a Natural Beekeeper? – Brian Dennis A Broader Perspective – Dorian Pritchard Honey with a Buzz – Trisha Marlow Book Review – Philip Denwood Some thoughts on Grafting – Roger Patterson Honey Bee Improvement – John E Dews Bee Improvement…

BIM 41 – Spring 2013

News from North Wales – Steve Rose AGM Proposal 2012 – Will Messenger The Native Bee – Dorian Pritchard Wing Morphometry Service – Will Messenger Trustees Report – Will Messenger Report and Accounts – Iain Harley Project Discovery Phase 2 – Will Messenger NIHBS – Aoife McGillycuddy Morphometry Measurements – Jacob Kahn PhD Genuine Imported Queens Part 2 – Will…

BIM 39 – Autumn 2012

From the Chair – Will Messenger SBA Centenary Conference – Will Messenger CoLoss Action Group – Will Messenger Providing Breeding Material – Albert Knight Meet the Members – Eddie O’Sullivan Queen Rearing workshop – Mike Thornley Scottish Bee Breeding – Mike Thornley Experiments with Morphometry – Iain Harley SICAMM Conference – Steve Rose

BIM 38 – Spring 2012

Project Discovery – Terry Clare North Pennine Bee Group – Pritchard & Miller The Black Bees of Tasmania – Andrew Abrahams Stratford-upon-Avon BIG – Peter Edwards Native Dark Bee Breeding – Margie Ramsey News from the Groups – Jo Widdicombe News from BIPCo – Jo Widdicombe Queen Rearing Workshop – Mike Saunders Scottish Centenary Conference Sedbergh Breeding Group – Andrew…

BIM 36 – Summer 2011

Update on Morphometry – Peter Edwards Beekeeping in Orkney – Jannine Hazelhurst The way forward – Will Messenger Inbreeding part 2 – Dorian Pritchard Simple Queen Rearing – Dinah Sweet The Native Bee – Pam Hunter Dave Cushman – Roger Patterson John Dews Obituary – various Book Review – Philip Denwood BIBBA Trustees

BIM 35 – Winter 2010-11

Queen breeding – Bill Cadmore Genetic findings – Jacob Kahn Bee improvement in IoM – Roger Patterson BIBBA Conference – Dinah Sweet Local Queen program – Roger Patterson Inbreeding part 1 – Dorian Pritchard Thoughts on Morphology – Roger Patterson Queen rearing for one – Albert Knight Conference law – Dorian Pritchard Trustees Report 2010 – Dinah Sweet Financial Statements…

BIM 34 – Spring 2010

BIBBA Handbook – David Allen Beekeeping notes – Willie Robson Small scale queen rearing – John Dews Expansion & queen rearing – Chris Broad Queen rearing on a small scale – Tom Robinson JZBZ frame bar – Roger Patterson Inbreeding – Tom Robinson Pesticides and colony losses – Eric Mussen Isle of Man workshop – Doris Fischler A note on…

BIM 33 – Winter 2010

Cornbrook revisited – Sandra Unwin Local Queen Programme – Roger Patterson Assessment of colonies – Jo Widdicombe The BIBBA record card – Philip Denwood Groups – Terry Clare A model agreement – Terry Clare Queen rearing group – Roger Patterson Warnholz Mini BiVo nuc – Dave Cushman The Harding Mini Nuc – John Harding Bee improvement – Roger Patterson Entombment…

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…

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

Rearing your own queens is a cost effective way to ensure the continuity of your hives, grow your stock  and improve the quality and temperament of your bees. This practical, 2 day workshop covers a range the topics and techniques to suit the “ordinary” beekeeper. It includes a large practical element that is easy to understand and apply without the…

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

Rearing your own queens is a cost effective way to ensure the continuity of your hives, grow your stock  and improve the quality and temperament of your bees. This practical, 2 day workshop covers a range the topics and techniques to suit the “ordinary” beekeeper. It includes a large practical element that is easy to understand and apply without the…

Godolphin-Cornwall

We have been queen rearing and improving stocks of local bees since 2015, based in the medieval garden and a small more private are on Godolphin Hill,

BIBBA Conference 2018

the conference in September offers a wide spectrum of topics; view the programme, with details of speakers and topics; BOOKING NOW OPEN

BIM 52 – Spring 2019

From the President – Jo Widdicombe Queen rearing at Exeter – Catherine Mudge One size fits all – Baruch Livneh Battling the Bandits – Dorian Pritchard Adventures in Beekeeping – Brian Ripley BIBBA Conference 2018 – Roger Patterson SICAMM Conference 2018 – Jo Widdicombe Aimo Nurminen – Lassi Kauko

BIM 50 – Winter 2017

From the President – Jo Widdicombe 54 AGM Notice 14th April, Harper Adams B4 Press Release Mount Edgcumbe – Mark Edwards BIBBA Conference – Roger Patterson More Queen Rearing Myths – Roger Patterson Winter Losses – Beowulf Cooper SICAMM Conference – Philip Denwood Locally Adapted Bees – Dorian Pritchard Queen Assessment – Dorian Pritchard How not to Rear Queens –…

Wight Bee Improvement Group

Queen Rearing will only be carried out using IOW mongrel stock, members will be encouraged to keep records of all their own stock, using only those considered to be worthy of passing on their bloodlines

BIM 26 – Winter 2006

BIBBA Conference 2006 - Sandra Unwin Breeding honeybees on a small scale, Part 1 - Dr.Dorian Pritchard SICAMM Conference 2006 - Philip Denwood York and District Queen Rearing Programme 2006 - Tom Robinson Obituary: Alan Bernard Hinchley - David Allen Bee Improvement Magazine: subject index. Issues 1-25 - Philip Denwood

BIM 30 – Winter 2008

Why the native bee is the best bee for the British climate. John E. Dews Discoidal shift. John E. Dews My approach to bee improvement. Roger Patterson Is the Dark Bee really native to Britain and Ireland? Dorian Pritchard The Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations (FIBKA) and BBKA examination systems Breeding Groups Secretary. Jo Widdicombe The one that nearly got…

BIM 29 – Summer 2008

"The Dark Bee In Russia", Moscow, 2008 Dorian Pritchard SICAMM Presidential Address, Moscow 2008 Dorian Pritchard Impressions of Russia Jo Widdicombe The Queen Rearing Day, Isle of Wight Ian King Queen rearing at Alnwick Brian Ripley Setting up the Ulster Bee Improvement Group (UBIG) Mervyn Eddie DEFRA Consultation Terry Clare Update on Stratford-upon-Avon Bee Improvement Group Peter Edwards Morphometry made…

BIM 28 – Autumn 2007

Open Day at Cornbrook Bee Farm - Sandra Unwin Lancashire Queen Rearing Workshop - Ray Dowson The Carniolan Bee - Brian Milward Inbreeding in the Honeybee - Dorian Pritchard Galtee Bee Breeders' Group Queen Rearing Workshop - Claire Chavasse Obituary: Claire Chavasse - Micheál Mac Giolla Coda Gormanston and BIBBA - Terry Clare BIBBA General Meeting, Gormanston - John Hendrie…

BIM27 – Spring 2007

Breeding honeybees on a small scale, Part 2 - Dorian Pritchard Isle of Wight Disease in Ireland - Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda Stratford-upon-Avon & District BKA Bee Improvement Group - Peter Edwards Project Discover - Mervyn Eddie Techniques for Queen rearing & Introduction - Albert Knight

Albert Knight

an appreciation of one of BIBBA's stalwarts, by Brian P. Dennis and Roger Patterson.

Sustainability – Bees and Queens for Everyone using low-cost, simple methods

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared queens…
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Sustainable Bees & Queens

For Everyone using low-cost, simple methods: There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate.

Sustainable Bees & Queens : Midlands

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared…

Sustainable Bees & Queens : East Anglia

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared…

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South West

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared…

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South East

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared…

Downloads

Files And Applications Associated With Bee Improvement, Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding These downloadable files are used by individual beekeepers and groups to help them with their bee improvement and queen rearing activities.BIBBA gives permission to freely copy any or all of these files for personal use and also pass the files to others interested in breeding honey bees. BIBBA only asks…

What does BIBBA Offer?

What does BIBBA Offer?   Encouragement to form breeding groups to improve and propagate native and near native queens. Help for beekeepers to improve their bees so they suit their environment, are productive, healthy and gentle to handle. Encouragement to raise queens from local stock. Provision of relevant information and methods. Demonstrations and workshops on practical subjects, such as colony…

Beekeepers come swarming to the Sustainability days

BIBBA hosted nine events across the country (presented by Roger Patterson) called “Sustainability – Bees and Queens for Everybody using low cost, simple techniques". Over 1,300 beekeepers at all stages of their beekeeping careers attended the sellout event. The day’s presentation was created by Roger after a Defra survey last year where 4,763 beekeepers fed back to a range of…
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Strategy

Strategy Statement BIBBA supports and promotes the sustainable conservation, restoration, study, selection, and improvement of honey bees that are native to the British Isles and Ireland (often referred to as the European Dark Bee or Apis mellifera mellifera). It supports: The restoration, study, selection and improvement of both the native honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) and the near-native honey bee;…

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…

East of England Bee Improvement Groups

An opportunity to meet beekeepers from around the region to discuss Bee Improvement and queen rearing.Presentations on: Starting and Organising a Bee Improvement Group - Equipment needed, raising finance, running a group. Selecting Stock for propagation - natural and beekeeper selection. The importance of Drones - selecting and positioning. Starter colonies, set up and maintenance Support colonies - you need…

Lester Wickham

Lester passed away in February 2020. He joined BIBBA in 1975 and took an active role including 11 years as treasurer.

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

A key question any individual or group should consider is what method should I/we follow to Improve our bees and to produce queens. There are a few key choices depending on your aims, capacity (time and equipment) and capabilities. I’m assuming the reader is looking for a bee that is native and/or locally adapted.
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A Proposal for a National Honey Bee Improvement Programme

Proposal by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) to:(1) reduce the level of honey bee imports into the UK, and(2) to improve the quality of our honey bees Introduction The National Pollinator Strategy (The National Pollinator Strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England, November 2014) highlights the importance of insect pollinators in our environment and in our…
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BBOBI Group – April 2020 Newsletter

We managed to raise over 200 virgin queens last year, all from local stock and distribute them to 67 BBOBI members for mating from early May until mid July. We would like improve our efficiency this year, we tried may ideas. Some worked really well, (grafting from our own stock), some things wasted time, (travelling to others hive to try…

Membership Application

What does BIBBA Offer? Encouragement to form breeding groups to improve and propagate native and near native queens.Help for beekeepers to improve their bees so they suit their environment, are productive, healthy and gentle to handle.Encouragement to raise queens from local stock.Provision of relevant information and methods.Demonstrations and workshops on practical subjects, such as colony assessment and queen rearing.Publications and…

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

NatBIP – May 2020

BIBBA’s Proposal for a National Bee Improvement Programme In January BIBBA published a document outlining its proposal for a national bee improvement programme. This document is available to be viewed on the BIBBA website. It was written with a view to informing other beekeeping associations of our plans and inviting them to contribute to the finer details of the programme.…

Nucs

THE PURPOSE(S) OF YOUR NUC(S) This month’s main article is a chapter from an upcoming book, The Nuc – An Essential part of your Sustainable beekeeping Plan… Bees live a very purposeful life, often drawing comb, storing food etc. for future generations of bees. Similarly, we should do our beekeeping on purpose.  So, what is making you raise one or…

Webinars – Season Two

List of PresentationsTuesday 18th August 7:30pm - Roger Patterson - “Dead Bees Don't Buzz - Surviving the Winter "Tuesday 25th August 7:30pm - Lynfa Davies - “The Mystery of Mating”Tuesday 1st September 7:30pm - Roger Patterson - “Challenge what you are told……….”Tuesday 8th September 7:30pm - Peter Jenkins - "The KISS Approach"

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…

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

For myself and my local association, Wisborough Green BKA (WGBKA) in West Sussex, where I am Apiary Manager, I usually produce at least 100 queens per 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…
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Conserving black bees

CONSERVING BLACK BEES (Apis mellifera mellifera) in the Hebrides, Scotland by ANDREW ABRAHAMS, via the American Bee Journal Readers might ask, why on earth spend much of a lifetime con­serving what most beekeepers perceive as an aggressive, unproduc­tive race of honey bee — a race per­haps left behind by history? I was fortunate, often by chance rather than grand design,…

Cupkit, Fakes and Annoyance

Cupkit, Fakes and Annoyance "Cupkit” is a name that is used in the U.K. and Ireland for a cell plug queen rearing system that is designed and manufactured by Nicot in France.  Elsewhere in the world it is called “Cupularve”.  As a system I like it, but I think you need to be raising a reasonable number of queens to…

Webinars – Summary

Recordings of the majority of webinars are also available on our YouTube Channel Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our future programme. JUST STARTING 🎥 Roger Patterson - "Beekeeping: What's it all about?" This is a 1 hour presentation that gives the absolute basic information to help potential beekeepers decide if they should go…

Section 1.3 – Participation

Participation For the National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) to successfully fulfil its aims, we are seeking the support and participation of as many beekeepers as possible. Maximum support for the programme will result in a reduction in the demand for imported stock, as participants avoid the use of imported bees. This will allow easier progress in improving the quality of…

Section 2.1 – How NatBIP will work

Participation The Programme needs to be relevant to beekeepers' needs and be able to achieve positive results for beekeepers in all circumstances. Bearing in mind the different conditions beekeepers are working in, different skill levels and experience, as well as variations in types of bee across the regions, finding common ground, may appear difficult. Rather than lay down rules of…

Section 8.1 – Dominating an Area with the Selected Strain

As we progress through the NatBIP programme to improve our bee stocks it pays to give some thought to how we are going to consolidate any improvements we may have gained through our efforts to establish our selected strain. We have been monitoring our colonies and keeping accurate records to enable us to see at a glance our progress (see…
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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

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 – April 2021

At the recent BIBBA AGM BIBBA gets a makeover How training and information sources for beekeepers and beefarmers can be improved From the President East Midlands 1998 Extra webinars for Season Four – Spring 2021 Will you have Queens or Nucs for Sale?

East Midlands 1998

Use of plastic foundation in the Apidea mini-nucs Use of Syrup instead of candy in Mini-nucs Use of cut comb containers for candy Grafting using a magnifier and torch Preparation of cell raising colonies Use of a cell transporter Use of an incubator for hatching queen cells

NatBIP News No6

This month Jo gives us his musings on long-term bee improvement as well as answering the question, are queen larvae selected by the beekeeper as good as those selected by the bees? Ashbrow school report their successes in queen rearing- if 10year olds can do it, can't you?

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

Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

OUR NEW BREEDING APIARY Dr Fred J Ayres, Chair of Trustees, Lune Valley Community Beekeepers Lune Valley Community Beekeepers was founded in June 2016 by a small group of beekeepers who wanted to engage in more bee-centric rather than beekeeper-centric approaches to beekeeping, and adopt a focus on improving the environment for bees rather than producing honey. These approaches included:…

The Native Irish Honey Bee

The Native Irish Honey Bee Apis mellifera mellifera Launched on the 18th September by our close friends and colleagues in Ireland, this book will become a ‘go to’ source of information not just for beekeepers in the island of Ireland but for all beekeepers who keep Amm bees or who want to know more. It covers all the essentials: What…

BIBBA Books

Beekeeping: Challenge what you are told! "Have you ever met a beekeeper with fixed opinions about a beekeeping topic? Have you questioned that experience and knowledge they are based on? The craft used to be local, traditionally learnt by observing bees, whereas today, we are bombarded with international communications, promotions, soundbites, sensationalism and the like, with the same information, whether…

BIBBA Monthly – November 2021

What is BIBBA for? Will the Irish Republic Ban Honey Bee Imports? BIBBA & the Welsh BKA book: The Native Irish Honey Bee Sandringham Native Bee Project National Honey Show 2021 review

BIBBA Monthly – December 2021

Important changes to the membership system January webinars: Small scale queen rearing Wax production and replacing old comb

Sandringham Report 2021

Sandringham Native Bee Project One of BIBBA’s Members, Eric Marshall, approached the Trustees to see if they would support a project to breed and rear native bees. Eric lives close to the Royal Sandringham Estate and it has been a key aim of BIBBA to develop a Special Apiary Project at Sandringham that would fit in with HRH the Prince…

BIBBA YouTube Videos

All the videos on the list below are recordings of presentations that have been organised by BIBBA. They have been arranged into groups under headings to help viewers see what may be suitable for them. The list will be expanded when new videos are produced. All videos have good sound information that is suitable for beekeepers in the British Islands…

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

Why the production of a large number of drones is the inevitable consequence of the free mating of queens in drone congregations; and why this proliferation of drones is a key factor in ensuring the adaptability and resilience of the honey bee through the ages.

BIFA feedback

The Bibba “Bee Improvement for All” Workshopx A few months ago, one of our Committee members, Dave Barrett, came to me and said, “I think we should do this BIBBA One Day Course – I’ll organise it all.” “Great idea”, I said. So Dave booked the date with BIBBA, he booked a suitable hall, he got our Education Officer to…

Laesoe 2004

Laesoe Conference 2004 BIBBA and SICAMM Combined Laesoe Conference 2004 Ten delegates from Ireland and the UK decided to approach the Danish island of Laeso, venue of the 2004 SICAMM/BIBBA Dark Bee Conference, from Gothenburg in Sweden. The chosen conveyance, Mr. Börjeson's "sea taxi", provided an efficient though very choppy passage. Once on the island we joined other BIBBA members…

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

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

Terry Hitchman

Terry lives in South Warwickshire in a village near Stratford-upon-Avon. He is a self employed builder with a farming background and his hobbies are beekeeping, farming and horses. Terry has 35 years experience in beekeeping and has been a member of BIBBA for approximately 20 years. He purchased his first Apis mellifera mellifera virgin queen at the East Midlands bee…

What is Apis mellifera mellifera?

What is Apis mellifera mellifera? Apis mellifera mellifera, Linnaeus 1758 is a subspecies and northern geographical race of Apis mellifera, the western honeybee. It may be subdivided into many local ecotypes. Its various vernacular names include: “Dark European Honeybee” (English), “L’abeille noire” (French), “Die dunkle Biene” (German) and “Det mörka Nordiska Biet” (Swedish). Apis mellifera mellifera is distinguished from other…

A Native Dark Bee Project

Margie Ramsay reports on a project reintroducing A.m.m. to a reserve in Scotland. Update July 2015 In 1905, just before the First World War there was a 20 year long bee plague called Isle of Wight disease which was considered by many, including bee breeder Brother Adam, to have eradicated the native subspecies of dark European honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera…

Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda “Producing Honey Under Difficult Conditions”

Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda is a commercial beekeeper based on Ireland's east coast. As a fourth-generation beekeeper, he learned his craft through helping his father with the famous Galtee black bees of Co. Tipperary. After settling in Co. Louth, he embarked on his own beekeeping enterprise using local strains of native Irish honey bee. He is Education Officer for Co.…
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Colony Assessment Criteria

Simple criteria we can all set for our bees Despite what you may hear or read, it is fairly easy to change some of the characteristics of your bees. This can be done by assessing colonies against a set of criteria that you want in your bees, using queen cells from colonies displaying those criteria and culling those that don't.…

Genetic Identification and Introgression Analysis

This system describes an essential tool in Europe for genetic stock identification and estimation of admixture levels which can assist management strategies and monitor honey bee conservation programs. View pdf
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Clive de Bruyn “BIBBA in the Isle of Man 40+ years ago”

Clive started beekeeping in the 1960s, and has managed colonies in 11 counties. He was employed at the National Beekeeping Unit in the 1980s, supervising disease inspection officers. He has worked in a UK beefarming enterprise (2000+ colonies), raising 1000 queens annually.  Clive's first beekeeping exam was in 1970, whilst a committee member of the Village Bee Breeders Association (now…
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Caging Virgin Queens

Comparing Alternative Methods for Holding Virgin Honey Bee Queens for One Week in Mailing Cages before Mating

The Marches Group – SY10

We operate on a small scale in the Tanat Valley, rearing and improving our stocks of native Apis Mellifera Mellifera contact Steven Jones

Michael Maunsell “The Drone – More to its life than we may think?”

I am a retired mathematics and physics teacher. I began beekeeping in the early 1970s when I was approached by a local farmer to rescue bees from a dangerous hollow tree that overhung the road between my house and his land. There followed a short intense period of study of beekeeping and carpentry to make a suitable home for my…
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The health and status of the feral honeybee population of the UK

abstract of thesis Catherine Eleanor Thompson: While declines in managed honeybee colonies are well documented, little is known about the health and status of feral honeybee populations. To date no studies have considered the wider pathogen burden in feral colonies, whether they represent a genetically distinct population, a remnant native population or a unique source of genetic resistance.
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Paul Cross “Development of a miniature vibration energy harvester for battery-less tracking of honey bees”

Paul keeps 15 colonies on Anglesey and runs the Bangor University apiary which is used for teaching and research purposes. He is involved in supervising a diverse range of bee-related research projects, including the evaluation of bee-keeping as a poverty alleviating tool in Uganda and Tanzania, discrimination of honey bee races in North Wales (in conjunction with Steve Rose of…
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Keith Pierce “Apideas: Their operation and maintenance”

I have been beekeeping now for over 25 years, selectively rearing queens of our Dark Native Irish Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera. My selection program is based on the ability of my bees to over-winter strongly, together with disease resistance, docility, productivity, colour and more. My home and main mating apiary is just on the outskirts of Dublin city, with the…
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Dorian Pritchard “Selective breeding without inbreeding; where’s the happy medium?”

Dorian Pritchard is a retired university lecturer in medical genetics. He has a PhD in genetics, is author of “Foundations of Developmental Genetics” and first author of “Medical Genetics At A Glance”. He has run 4 – 20 national hives in Northumberland since 1979 and was inspired to concentrate on the native Dark Bee, A. m. mellifera, after comparing the…
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New Approach to the Mitotype Classification

The main problem of the black honeybee in Russia and European countries is the preservation of the indigenous gene pool purity; A new approach to the classification of the honeybee M mitotypes was suggested.

The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

translated from Pollinis "l'abeille noire" https://www.pollinis.org/admin/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/abeille-noire-6.pdf In addition to the many factors that are decimating bee colonies around the world, the black bee, the local bee, is facing a race for short-term profitability which favours the import of bees that are often unsuitable for our areas and are more fragile. A marvel of adaptation Lively, frugal and resistant, the black…

BIPCo 6th Annual Bee Improvement Day

A one-day event organised by the Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo) To be held at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AE on Saturday 18th February 2017

BIM 43 – Spring 2014

BIFA Days – Roger Patterson Moonlight Mating – Philip Denwood Pure Mating by Time Isolation – John E Dews Ownership of a Swarm – Brian Dennis Annual General Meeting Agenda – Secretary Annual Accounts – Treasurer Trustees Report – Chairman Draft Minutes – Secretary BIFA meeting in Sussex – James Norfolk Book Review – Philip Denwood Patron Saints – Brian…

BIBBA Open Day. Wakefield.

This is an all day summer event to help increase the knowledge of beekeepers of all abilities on bee improvement. Attendees are encouraged to rear queens from desirable colonies that are docile, calm on the comb, productive and suit their local conditions.

BIBBA Open Day. Lampeter.

What is it? An all day event for beekeepers of all abilities to help and encourage them to improve their bees by using locally produced queens. Why? When buying queens you may be promised high yields and docility, but later generations of these queens can often produce aggressive colonies. To overcome this problem it is often advised to buy new…

BIBBA Open Day – Improve Your Bees

A day of theory and practice for all beekeepers: This is an all day summer event to help increase the knowledge of beekeepers of all abilities on bee improvement. Attendees are encouraged to rear queens from desirable colonies that are docile, calm on the comb, productive and suit their local conditions.

East Midlands further notes

Further notes: We currently have a committee of six and 8 other members in total (who I’m contacting to see if the new location is still convenient for them) and 4 others whose expressed an interest in joining the group. So we are in flux but very stable given the significance of moving our apiary after 50 years at the…

BIM 44 – Summer 2014

From the Chair - Kevin Lincoln BIFA Days - Roger Patterson Letters to the Editor - Mark McVey IBRA Press Release - Norman Carreck A BIPCo visit - Jo Widdicombe Pesticide Debate - Norman Benson Queen raising for the Amateur - Alan Brown In Memory of Janet Hinchley - David Allen Sampling and Predicting - Brian Dennis Bee v Pigeon…

Countryfile – on the Rame Peninsula

The prospect of Countryfile coming to the Rame Peninsula and doing a report on native bees was a cause for excitement and some trepidation. We are all used to incorrect reports in the press, wasps being labelled as bees and so on. We also know about the hours of filming that go on for two minutes of viewing, which can…

BIM 32 – Autumn 2009

The Harding Hive Debris Floor - John Harding Three fertile queens in one colony - Roger Patterson Variation in susceptibility to bee diseases among European races of honey bees - Dinah Sweet Isle of Wight disease in Warwickshire - Brian Milward Griff Jenkins - obituary by Albert Knight Queens entombed in wax - Norman Walsh Reply to Robin Dean’s article…

BIM 51 – Summer 2018

From the President – Jo Widdicombe Albert Knight – J. Phipps, D. Allen and A. Stokes BIBBA Conference – Roger Patterson Shakespeare’s Bees – Gaynor Smith Just look what happens if . . . – Dorian Pritchard In Memory of Abess – Dawn Boswell-Challand Sustainable Beekeeping – David Ledger Two days at Cilgwri – David Spalding Stratford-upon-Avon BIG – Terry…

BIM 31 – Spring 2009

The Harding queen raising system. John Harding A tribute to Gordon Hartshorn. Tom Rowlands Beekeeping in Northumberland. Dorian Pritchard Three fertile queens in one colony. Roger Patterson Brother Adam and the dark bee. Dorian Pritchard Breeding Group news. Jo Widdicombe The Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall. Jo Widdicombe Survey of native bees. Roger Patterson Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects.…

Bucks Berks & Oxon Bee Improvement (BBOBI ) – RG9

BBOBI was set up in 2019 as a co-operative in Henley-on-Thames, which borders Bucks Berks and Oxon. Although a large geographical area, the climate and forage are remarkably consistent across the area. As the first BIBBA group in the home counties, we aim to be a springboard for other local clusters, as they attract more members and hopefully set up…
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I Want Bees

Which is the Best Bee? What is Apis mellifera mellifera? Apis mellifera mellifera, Linnaeus 1758 is a subspecies and northern geographical race of Apis mellifera, the western honeybee. It may be subdivided into many local ecotypes. Its various vernacular names include:“Dark European Honeybee” (English),“L’abeille noire” (French),“Die dunkle Biene” (German) and“Det mörka Nordiska Biet” (Swedish) Apis mellifera mellifera is distinguished from…

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn – part three

<- part two Bee Improvement Strategies by Kevin Thorn the third and final part of Kevin's series 3: More advanced Strategies in Bee Improvement suitable for native bees Propagating and positioning Drones To have any chance of breeding pure native queens you need to be producing lots of drones – the more the more successful you will be. You also…
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Stephen C Barnes

Secretary Trained in Farm Management at Harper Adams, spent 11 years in Papua New Guinea five year in estate management and 6 years in agricultural extension supporting small holders. Return to UK in 1989 and worked in tourism Logistics training and Dangerous Consultancy. Start keeping bees in 1997 and currently own and attempt to manage 30 colonies on various sites…

NatBIP – June 2020

NATIONAL BEE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME (NatBIP) Bee Improvement for All Jo Widdicombe Perhaps the biggest stumbling block to improving the quality and consistency of our bees is getting beekeepers to agree on a collective way forward. Although there may be differences of opinion as to which is the best type of bee, if we look at the qualities we want in…

Webinars – Summer 2020

Which webinar is for you? Beekeepers learn at very different rates, so it is difficult to advise which one to watch The Early Years assumes that attendees have their own bees and can manage them reasonably efficiently. Intermediate/advanced is aimed at attendees who have successfully overwintered bees at least twice.

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…

NatBIP – Selecting within a Strain

Hardy, Docile, Productive The problem with hybridisation It is interesting to speculate how the bee population in Britain and Ireland would develop without further human intervention.  If the processes of natural selection could operate freely, what would happen to the hybridised population that we see in many areas? Around 28 sub-species of honey bee have been identified in the original…

Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

Last year, I did several splits including splits of all my favourite breeder colonies in mid-August. It was a slight gamble where I live in Cheshire but the weather was fair and the outlook very similar. Roger mentioned that I was out of action from last September (2 months to get walking, a year to pass a medical to get…
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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…

Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

Colony Record Card - NatBIP 1 How to use This card is designed to be a multipurpose card that can be used for normal hive management as well as for bee improvement in one apiary, multiple apiaries, or in a bee improvement group. The data collected on each card is for one colony. The summaries at the end of the…
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Section 7.1 – The Mating of Queens

The Mating of Queens - Use of nucs, mini-nucs and mini+ nucs Whether you are using natural queen cells, emergency queen cells, grafted queen cells or cells produced from larval transfer kits (such as Jenter or Cupkit), the next step in the process is finding a home for the queen cell or virgin queen so that she can go on…

NatBIP News No 7

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…

Home3a

The National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) ihas been launched in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA), with the aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands* and of improving the quality of…

Home5

The National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) ihas been launched in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA), with the aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands* and of improving the quality of…

BIBBA Monthly January 2022

Jo Widdicombe-BBKA trustee Let's Go Beekeeping Why do bees rear so many drones? Lune Valley webinar

Home

WEBINARS An Introduction to Lune Valley Community Beekeepers Dr Fred J Ayres 25th January 7.30pm MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL current members can renew here 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 initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA), with the…

Let’s Go Beekeeping!

Let's Go BEEKEEPING Let's Go Beekeeping is a series of practical beekeeping videos that are there to help beekeepers keep, understand, and manage their bees better. Presented by Roger Patterson, this series of videos draws on half a century of practical beekeeping knowledge. During August 2021, I was fortunate enough to film with Roger in his natural environment down in…