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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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The website is being upgraded; please come back in a few days What does BIBBA Offer? [column-half-1] 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…

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AGM POSTPONED As the outbreak has moved to the delay phase we have postponed the AGM until a date to be decided. Helping Bees Live With Varroa 24th May - CANCELLED [column-half-1] Bee Improvement Magazine More information on Bee Improvement Magazine [/column-half-1] [column-half-2] What does BIBBA Offer? Encouragement to form breeding groups to improve and propagate native and near native…

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…

Chinese Grafting Tool

Recommended for grafting young larvae for queen rearing 1 for £1.50 (+£1.50 p&p) 3 for £4.00 (+£1.50 p&p) It looks like a ballpoint pen. A non-slip grip in the middle section gives you excellent control. The tip is a small very thin flexible plastic tab, which slides up under the larva and when you push the end the larva is…

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…