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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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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

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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 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 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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NatBIP News No1

The National Bee Improvement Programme The new season is fast approaching and so to allow beekeepers to prepare for participating in NatBIP we have added the NatBIP Record Card and instruction sheet. This will also be available in the NatBIP GUIDE on the BIBBA website. Record Card The card can be printed out on A4 paper, one for each colony.…

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.…

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?

History

beo1 Beowulf Cooper founder member and driving force behind BIBBA BIBBA was formed originally as the Village Bee Breeders Association (VBBA) in 1964 by Beowulf Cooper and a small group of beekeepers.

Links

Dave Cushman's Website Several thousand pages of beekeeping and bee breeding information. Considered to be one of the world's most informative beekeeping websites. ScientificBeekeeping.com Beekeeping through the eyes of biologist Randy Oliver: "this site is a record of my learning process as I try to understand aspects of colony health and productivity, and the reasons why various management techniques work…

Constitution-2008

Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association Constitution Adopted at the Annual General Meeting 20th April 2008. 1. Commencement. This Constitution shall operate immediately upon adoption and shall supersede all Constitutions previously in force. 2. Name. The name of the Association shall be the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA), hereinafter called the Association. 3. Objectives. The objectives of the…

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…

Downloads Old

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…

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University of Plymouth Project

The University of Plymouth in partnership with B4 (a community interest company: Bringing Back Black Bees) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have started a 4 year PhD project to investigate suggestions from bee-keepers that different sub-species have a suite of different behaviours and characteristics in comparison to other sub-species, and further that these might be highly…

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…

BIBBA 2016 CONFERENCE BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

1.    Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate may take your place. Notification of this name change must be received via post or email no later than 16th September. 2.    Delegates arriving on the day without previously booking cannot be guaranteed lunch or refreshments. 3.    BIBBA Conference organisers maintain the right to refuse entry / purchase of place…
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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…

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…

BIBBA Events Terms & Conditions

BIBBA EVENTS BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS 1.    Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate may take your place. Notification of this name change must be received via post or email no later than seven days before the event. 2.    Delegates arriving on the day without previously booking cannot be guaranteed entry, lunch or refreshments. 3.    BIBBA Conference and…

New Members Payment Options

[column-half-1] BIBBA SUBSCRIPTION Members who join by direct debit will benefit from a full year’s rolling membership, which will automatically renew 12 months from the date of joining, unless you notify us otherwise. Subscriptions paid by any other method are renewable on 1st January each year; those joining partway through a year will therefore not gain the benefit of a…

BIBBA 2018 Conference Terms

BIBBA CONFERENCE BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate may take your place. Notification of this name change must be received via post or email no later than 22nd August 2018. 2. Delegates arriving on the day without previously booking cannot be guaranteed lunch or refreshments. 3. BIBBA Conference organisers maintain the right to…

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…

How I select my ‘Breeder Queens’

At the start of a new season I like to make a shortlist of which queens are good enough to breed from, in other words, to become my breeder queens. I do this by looking at the current condition of the colony as well as looking at the record of past performance.

New Members Payment Options – UK

Join Now by clicking on one of the payment options below UK Subscription rates: ordinary single: £25reduced to £20 if paid by DDjoint (two at same address £35reduced to £30 if paid by DDextra family members (same address) £10junior (under 18) £10 If you pay by direct debit your membership will run for 12 months, other payments will run until…

Lester Wickham

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

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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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…

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,…

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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New Members Payment Options – Euro Zone

Euro Zone Subscription rates: ordinary single: £25 (sterling)reduced to €22.50 if paid by DD in eurosjoint (two at same address) £35 (sterling)reduced to €33.50 if paid by DD in euros If you pay by direct debit your membership will run for 12 months, other payments will run until 1st January 2022 Joint membership covers the ‘Ordinary’ member, who will receive…

Renewal Options – UK

UK Subscription rates: ordinary single: £25reduced to £20 if paid by DDjoint (two at same address £35reduced to £30 if paid by DDextra family members (same address) £10junior (under 18) £10 Joint membership covers the ‘Ordinary’ member, who will receive all postal communications, and one ‘Family’ member. Existing members do not need to complete the joining form Any queries? Contact…

Renewal Options – Euro Zone

Existing members living in the Euro Zone,why not take advantage of the euro direct debit discount?click direct debit link Subscription renewal rates for those in the Euro Zone: ordinary single: £25 (sterling)reduced to €22.50 if paid by DD in eurosjoint (two at same address) £35 (sterling)reduced to €33.50 if paid by DD in euros Joint membership covers the ‘Ordinary’ member,…

Section 1.2 – Aims, Imports & Bee Breeding

The Aims The aims of the Programme are to improve the quality of our honey bees and to provide an alternative to the importation of exotic sub-species, throughout the participating areas. It is believed that, through the selection of local and native honey bees, a hardy, docile and productive bee can result. This aim will be achieved by sustainable methods…

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