BIBBA Conference 2023

BIBBA: Supporting Practical Beekeeping

The 2023 BIBBA conference will be held in Carmarthen on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September.

To help those travelling a long distance, the facility will be open to attendees from midday Friday 1st September.

There will be a wide variety of topics to suit all beekeepers with two streams:-

  • “Early Years” for beekeepers who are developing their knowledge and skills and want to move on from what they may have been taught as beginners.
  • “Later Years” is aimed at beekeepers who wish to move on from the knowledge and skill they have acquired by keeping bees for several years.

The topics have been selected to help attendees increase their knowledge with some thought-provoking ideas and information

Map of the UK with a marker indicating Carmarthen in Wales

We believe this conference will enthuse attendees, who should expand their knowledge to help them understand and care for their bees better. As this is a BIBBA event, it will especially appeal to those who are committed to keeping locally adapted bees that are sustainable, healthy and productive.

In a departure from the usual beekeeping conference, the majority of the presentations will be followed by a panel session that will discuss wider issues that are associated with the topic. This will give different views and the audience the chance to ask those challenging questions.


To help those travelling a long distance, the facility will be open to attendees from midday Friday 1st September. It is hoped to include a town walk (or similar) in the afternoon and something in the evening. There is no charge for Friday, apart from evening meal (book separately)


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Beekeeping on a Budget

Why we should encourage drones and how we can do it

Queen rearing with just a couple of hives

Beekeeping with a full-time job

BIBBA: Supporting Small-Scale Commercial Beekeepers

Identifying varroa resistant traits

Lessons from the Bee Shed

Native, near-native, locally adapted or imported?

details to come: Dorian Pritchard, Peter Jenkins, Kevin Thorn, Ceri Morgan

Karl Colyer
Lynfa Davies
David Parker
Roger Patterson
Steve Riley
Helen Tworkowski
Jo Widdicombe

the programme is being developed, more information will be added;  all titles and sessions are provisional and subject to change

University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, Wales. SA31 3EP
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Carmarthen is reputed to be the oldest town in Wales and has significant Roman remains. There is ample accommodation and camp/caravan/motorhome sites nearby and plenty to see locally for non-beekeeping partners.


University of Wales campus

How to get there:

Carmarthen is close to the west end of the M4, with good access to the motorway network. There is a rail station. Fishguard Ferry Port is about an hour by road or rail. The nearest airports are Bristol (bus only) or Cardiff (very limited flights, but rail service). See also Travelling to Carmarthen | University of Wales Trinity Saint David ( for more information.

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Accommodation On Campus

Single en-suite rooms are available to book directly with the university through the link below.

We have negotiated a very favourable rate of £43 a night which includes breakfast.

Evening meals are available as an option

  • Friday & Sunday - £17 for two courses
  • Saturday - £21.54 for three courses

Conference Admission tickets include access to the lectures with morning & afternoon tea and coffee, plus a counter serve lunch.
Discounts are available for early booking and tickets will be refunded up to 30 days before the start date (less eventbrite fees)

Accommodation, Breakfast and Evening meal are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, but must be booked direct with the University here.
Delegate rates are Bed & Breakfast £43, two course evening meal (Fri and Sun) £17, three course conference dinner on Saturday £21.54

There is a car park charge at £5 for 24 hours, fixed by the University. Payment by card.