BIBBA Conference 2018

BIBBA Conference 2018

07 - 09Sep2018
Cirencester, Gloucestershire UK

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At Royal Agricultural University

Cirencester, Gloucestershire UK

BIBBA Conference. 7-9 Sept 2018.

BIBBA hold their conference biennially at various locations throughout the BIBBA catchment area. The very successful 2014 conference was held in Llangollen, North Wales to celebrate BIBBA's 50th anniversary, followed by the Isle of Man in 2016, now Gloucestershire.

There will be the opportunity to meet beekeepers from such varied regions as the Channel Islands, Cornwall, Kent, East Anglia, Northumberland, Scotland and the Isles, Cumbria, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and all places in between.

About the conference

The conference will be open to all beekeepers, whether BIBBA members or not. Everyone is welcome.

There will be an exciting programme over three days, with various options so you can attend all three days or single days if you wish.

There will be three presentations at any one time to choose from, plus a variety of workshops.

The 3 parallel streams of lectures are roughly divided as follows:

  1. Bee breeding, bee improvement and queen rearing techniques. The topics will satisfy those who wish to improve their bees and those locally, by helping them to produce their own queens from stock that suits their environment, rather than rely on buying queens, possibly imported, that may not.
  2. General beekeeping topics to suit everyone, whatever their experience or interest. The presentations will help beekeepers to understand their bees better, so they can develop their management methods.
  3. From Beginner to Intermediate will fill the gap after the beginner stage that is often neglected. Presentations will be at a level to encourage greater understanding of a colony of bees.

There will be around 45 presentations plus workshops from around 30 of the best presenters you will find at one event: some you won't get a chance to hear very often.

Whatever your experience or interest, from the beginner to long time beekeeper, there will be something for you. All participants are free to attend whichever lecture they choose, but workshops must be pre-booked.

The Programme

This is still being planned and will be displayed when complete. Please check later.

Presenters who have agreed to attend so far are:-

  • Per Kryger     Denmark
  • Jo Widdicombe        Cornwall
  • Tony Jefferson       Yorkshire
  • Jim Ryan       Tipperary
  • Steve Rose           Denbighshire
  • Willie Robson        Northumberland
  • Pete Sutcliffe       Cheshire
  • Roger Patterson      West Sussex
  • Kevin Williams       Carmarthenshire
  • Anne Rowberry        Somerset
  • Paul Cross           Bangor University
  • Jim Pearson          Yorkshire
  • Keith Pierce         Dublin
  • Michael Collier      Shropshire
  • Peter Jenkins        Ceredigion
  • Grace McCormack      National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Andrew Abrahams      Colonsay
  • Brian Dennis         Northamptonshire
  • Mike Saunders        Herefordshire
  • Daisy               West Sussex
  • Lynfa Davies         Aberystwyth
  • Jess Kevill        University of Salford
  • John Chambers      Oxfordshire
  • Malcolm Blake        Somerset
  • Graham Kingham      Devon
  • Clive Hudson       North Wales
  • Nick Bentham-Green       Cornwall
  • Bee Inspectors

The venue

The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.


The University is easy to access from the M4 and M5. The nearest rail station is Kemble, around 5 miles away. Those arriving by air will need to plan their journey well. If arriving at Bristol Airport there is a shuttle bus to Temple Meads Station for the train to Kemble. From Heathrow there is a reasonable coach service.


Accommodation is available onsite. There is also a huge variety of alternatives within a short distance of the venue including hotels, B&Bs and sites for camping, caravans and motorhomes.

Arrangements have been made for delegates to arrive on Thursday and leave on Monday. The conference will be opened on Thursday evening with a lecture.


Online booking will open soon.

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