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BIBBA Monthly October 2020

BIBBA Monthly October 2020

NatBIP webinars
Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees
Queens – an example of collaboration between beekeepers
Bee business for sale
Future webinars
Mated and virgin queens through the post

BIBBA Monthly – September 2020

National Bee Improvement Programme
Webinars - Season Three
Cupkits, Fakes and Annoyance
Conserving Black Bees
BIBBA Monthly - August 2020

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
BIBBA Monthly - July 2020

BIBBA Monthly – July 2020

  • view the latest on NatBIP
  • how to select your breeder queens
  • download Beo Cooper's book
  • updates on the webinars
  • learn about drones from "queen" cells
  • Joseph Tinsley - ahead of his time
BIBBA Monthly - June 2020

BIBBA Monthly – June 2020

keep up to date with NatBIP strategy
take part in some DNA research
see what you can do with a nuc box
book up some BIBBA webinars
BIBBA Monthly - May 2020

BIBBA Monthly – May 2020

Bees for Sale? Advertise them on the website
Deatails of committee changes
Honey bees that survive varroa
Update on the National Bee Improvement Plan
Strategies for bee improvement - part three
BIBBA Monthly - March 2020

BIBBA Monthly – March 2020

  • From the President – Jo Widdicombe
  • We're making a stand-Dorian Pritchard
  • Varroa- we can't go on treating forever - Guy Thompson
  • Bee Improvement Strategies part 1 - Kevin Thorn
  • Lester Wickham - Obituary
BIBBA Monthly - December 2019

BIBBA Monthly – December 2019

Breeding groups - Raising finance
Bee improvement practical & queen rearing course review
Canada 2019 Apimondia - Impressions from a short visit
BIBBA Monthly - November 2019

BIBBA Monthly – November 2019

First B4 Native Bee Haven.............
Eden Project Observation Hive....
Breeding groups...
BIBBA Monthly - October 2019

BIBBA Monthly – October 2019

End of season use for your mininuc bees and frames.........and more
BIBBA Monthly - September 2019

BIBBA Monthly – September 2019

  • Queen Rearing - my preferred method by Jo Widdicombe
  • Setting Up a Breeding Conservation Group

Bee Improvement Magazine

Editor: Philip Denwood  Design and Artwork: Roger Cullum-Kenyon

BIM 52 - Spring 2019

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 51 - Summer 2018

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 Hitchman
  • West Suffolk BIG course – Kevin Thorn
  • Book Reviews – Philip Denwood
  • The Honey Badger’s Story – Mike Taylor
BIM 50 - Winter 2017

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 – Kevin Thorn
  • Beekeeping on Scilly – Jo Widdicombe
BIM 49 - Spring 2017

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 Switzerland – Balser & Padruot Fried
  • B4 Press Release – Plymouth University
  • SICAMM Conference – Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda
  • Intelligence v. Chemical Responses – Brian Dennis
  • This is a non-smoking area – Brian Dennis
BIM 48 - Winter 2016/17

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 in N.E. European Russia – Anna Brandorf & Marija Ivoilova
  • Bee Improvement – Roger Patterson
BIM 47 - Autumn 2016

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 Edwards
  • Black bees in Wales – Eifion Williams
BIM 46 - Winter 2015

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 – Mike du Feu
  • Dark Bee breeding project – Margie Ramsay
  • From the Archives – R Smailes
  • IBRA Press Release – Norman Carreck
BIM 45  - Spring 2015

BIM 45 – Spring 2015

  • Looking for the best bees – M. Meixner & R Büchler
  • Introduction of exotic bees – Brian Dennis
  • Echoes from the past
  • 2014 Conference – Margaret Murdin
  • BIBBA/SICAMM Conference – Roger Patterson
  • BIBBA/SICAMM Conference – Dorian Pritchard
  • SHB press release – COLOSS
BIM 44 - Summer 2014

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 - Jeremy Clay
  • Genuine Imported Queens - Will Messenger
  • Conference Venue
BIM 43 - Spring 2014

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 Dennis
  • Conference Speakers List – Roger Patterson
BIM 42 - Winter 2013

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 for all Days – Roger Patterson
  • Genuine Imported Queens (3) – Will Messenger
BIM 41 - Spring 2013

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 Messenger

BIM 40 – Winter 2012

  • From the treasurer – Iain Harley
  • Beekeeping in Switzerland – Roger Patterson
  • Help West Highland bees – Kate Atchley
  • Workshops – Terry Clare
  • Towards 50 years – Will Messenger
  • Project Discovery update – Terry Clare
  • Ludlow & District group – Mike Saunders
  • Coorecorder v DrawWing – Conan McDonnell
  • Morphometry in practice – Terry Clare
  • Imported Queens part 1 – Will Messenger

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 Royce
  • North Wales Queen Rearing – Steve Rose
  • BIBBA Scottish Conference

BIM 37 – Spring 2012

  • What’s in a Name – Will Messenger
  • A Proposal – Jo Widdicombe
  • The BIBBA Constitution
  • Genetic Influence – David Campbell
  • Project Discovery – Terry Clare
  • A Bright Future – Dorian Pritchard
  • Dave Cushman’s Website – Roger Patterson
  • Wing Morphometry – Peter Edwards
  • Galtee Bee Breeding Group – Mary Ryan
  • John Dews Update – Tony Jefferson

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 - 2010

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 MorphPlot – Peter Edwards
  • Galtee Group AGM – Mary Ryan
  • Helen Sanders – David Allen
  • BIBBA Conference

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 follow-up – Dave Cushman
  • BBKA Forum - Roger Patterson
  • Morphometry Course - Dinah Sweet

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 on the Black Bee - Jo Widdicombe
  • Galtee Bee Breeders’ Group Workshop Day - Mary Ryan
  • GBBG News - Mary Ryan
  • SICAMM Conference, Aviemore - Philip Denwood
  • Chairman’s Report - Dinah Sweet
  • Local Queen Programme - Roger Patterson

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. Terry Clare
  • Gormanston Summer Course 2008. Dinah Sweet
  • Our heart is in the Highlands! Dorian Pritchard
  • Administration of BIBBA
  • BIBBA and publicity. Roger Patterson

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 away. Micheál Mac Giolla Coda
  • Bedfordshire Beekeepers' Association queen rearing day. Wally Thrale
  • Bee improvement and conservation in Southern England. Terry Clare
  • Galtee Group queen rearing workshop. Jim Ryan
  • Bee improvement and conservation in County Louth.
  • Medway and North Kent Bee Breeding Group (MedBees). Terry Clare

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 easy — eventually! Peter Edwards
  • Varroa destructor and winter losses Terry Clare
  • Nature Reserves and Native Bees Dorian Pritchard
  • Bees in Europe and Sustainable Honey production (BEESHOP) Rodolfo Jaffé, Stephan Wolf and Robin F.A. Moritz
  • BIBBA Conference 2008 Dinah Sweet

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
  • The Gormanston Summer Course - Sandra Unwin
  • What is BIBBA For? - Brian Dennis
  • Reflections - Terry Clare
  • International Conference: The Dark Bee in Russia

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

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 Issues 1-25 with Index