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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 […]

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 […]

BIM 33 – Winter 2010

[…]– 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 BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]of queens are required throughout the season, such as a beekeeper with several colonies, groups of beekeepers or a beekeeping association. At the time of writing I intend making a similar system, and it is so versatile you could modify it however you like. I will go for separate Open Mesh Floors (OMF) and each box being effectively half of […]

BIM 32 – Autumn 2009

[…]Dean’s article on the Black Bee – Jo Widdicombe Perhaps a lot of Robin Dean’s article in the Bee Farmers’ Bulletin on the Black Bee was “tongue in cheek”… Galtee Bee Breeders’ Group Workshop Day – Mary Ryan Report on one of the most exceptionally successful and satisfyingdays in our calendar activities to date. GBBG News – Mary Ryan SICAMM […]

BIM 31 – Spring 2009

[…]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 […]

BIM 30 – Winter 2008

[…]rearing workshop. Jim Ryan Bee improvement and conservation in County Louth. Medway and North Kent Bee Breeding Group (MedBees). Terry […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]which form the outer layer tuck their heads inwards and the abdominal overhairs interlock from bee to bee, insulating the cluster like the fur of a mammal. In late summer, perhaps because of the diminution of brood rearing, the amount of biopterin in the larval food is greatly increased and ‘winter bees’ are formed, in which protein and fat accumulate […]

BIM 29 – Summer 2008

[…]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 […]


[…]supersede all Constitutions previously in force. 2. Name. The name of the Association shall be the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), hereinafter called the Association. 3. Objectives. The objectives of the Association shall be the conservation, reintroduction, study, selection and improvement of native or near-native honeybees of Britain and Ireland. 4. Powers. In furtherance of the said objectives […]

BIM 28 – Autumn 2007

[…]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 […]

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 BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

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 BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full […]

Male Fitness of Honeybee Colonies

Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) have an extreme polyandrous mating system. Worker offspring of 19 naturally mated queens was genotyped with DNA microsatellites, to estimate male reproductive success of 16 drone producing colonies. This allowed for estimating the male mating success on both the colony level and the level of individual […]

Find, Mark & Clip the Queen

[…]to have marks from years prior to that. This proportion depends on the longevity of the strain of bees. Clipping the queen Many beekeepers may think that clipping queens is beyond their capabilities. It took me some years before I developed enough confidence to tackle this job myself, but nowadays it has become an integral part of my seasonal beekeeping […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]evolve, but even in this race differences can be observed between strains. In France, where the bee has been domiciled longest, there are distinct differences in brood rearing pattern between the mellifera bees of the Landes district in the Southwest, the bees of the Paris area and those of Corsica. The Landes bees are typical “heather bees”, conditioned to a […]
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