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Charity No 273827 registered in England & Wales

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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.