About Us

Bee Improvement & Bee Breeders Association CIO

Charity No 1200969 registered in England & Wales

at the 2022 AGM, the members of the unincorporated charity “Bee Improvement & Bee Breeders Association” (charity no 273827) approved a motion to set up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and to transfers all assets of the current association.
The charity commission approved the new CIO in November 2022.
The transfer will complete in 2023.

Constitution and Policies

Reports and Accounts

BIBBA History and Development


Beowulf Cooper founder member and driving force behind BIBBA

BIBBA was formed originally as the Village Bee Breeders Association (VBBA) on 27th July 1963 by Beowulf Cooper and a small group of beekeepers. It grew into a national organisation and then changed its name to the British Isles Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA), to reflect its wider base of membership. In 1997 the name was changed again, to Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association, whilst still retaining the acronym BIBBA, to reflect the true activity of the members. Beowulf Cooper recognised that the native bee, Apis mellifera mellifera (the Dark European Honeybee) was very much alive and kicking in spite of Brother Adam and others pronouncement of its demise as long ago as 1920.