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Tim Smit’s View

[…]Eden Project) offered to help us promote that message through this short video. Although he is not a beekeeper himself, he is an environmentalist of global standing and has been a long-standing supporter of our aims and objectives. He has helped to establish reserves for the native honey bee at both the Eden Project and at the Lost Gardens of […]


The National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) ihas been launched in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), with the aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands* and of improving the quality of […]


Beekeeping: Challenge what you are told! “Have you ever met a beekeeper with fixed opinions about a beekeeping topic? Have you questioned that experience and knowledge they are based on? The craft used to be local, traditionally learnt by observing bees, whereas today, we are bombarded with international communications, promotions, soundbites, sensationalism and the like, with the same information, whether […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]Apiary Project at Sandringham that would fit in with HRH the Prince of Wales’s objectives to manage the Estate as a fully organic enterprise farming naturally and sustainably. One of our Trustees, Brian Holdcroft assessed the Proposal and after discussion by the Committee of Trustees, it was agreed that it would make an excellent new Special Apiary Project and fit […]


[…]@ the Hive Live outside broadcasts of hive inspections and apiary activities. Recordings available on youtube, subscribe to get reminders Upcoming Webinars Sign up, free of charge, to learn more about our future programmes. Previous Webinar Recordings Recommended YouTube There are a lot of beekeeping videos online. Some excellent; some dubious. An experienced practical beekeeper recommends a selection of […]

BIBBA YouTube Videos

[…]there may be information in another group that is suitable. If you would like to see the entire catalogue of videos, like, subscribe or comment, please visit our YouTube Channel. Jump to: Just Started | The Early Years | Intermediate/Advanced | Queen rearing | General Interest | Live @ the Hive | NatBIP Just Started or about to For those […]


[…]in from around the world, many expressing admiration and praise for the way the Queen skilfully managed some very difficult and turbulent situations during her long reign and the manner in which she did it. The National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) has been launched in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]at present some 30 colonies in several apiaries, plus 20 hives in two apiaries in the Tiverton area as part of an independent association - Mid-Devon BEES - that a few of us have started three years ago, teaching beginners and others, with a bias toward conservation and the environment, rearing our own queens from black bees. Why do […]

March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]Bees Blog BIBBA at BeeTradex Liz Childerley Saturday 11th March saw BIBBA represented at BeeTradex which was held, as usual at the NAC in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. The day was a huge success with six of the Trustees volunteering to staff the Stand across the course of the day. In addition, Jo Widdicombe provided one of the speaker sessions on Sustainable […]

August 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]closed herd/flock. When I began beekeeping in the mid 1970’s I initially stocked up with locally adapted bees and decided to adopt the closed herd/flock principle as far as possible with my beekeeping.  By the 1980’s I was becoming frustrated with the lack of Heritable Performance in my local bees, so I decided to purchase a Buckfast Abbey queen, this […]

NatBIP News No8

[…]is good for you, it is probably good for others. The 2022 NatBIP Record Card The NatBIP GUIDE is available on the BIBBA website, free for all to use. Some parts of the Guide are still not complete and there is always room for beekeepers to submit useful tips, techniques, and ideas. The 2022 NatBIP Record Card is available for […]

NatBIP News No9

[…]of individual colonies by the addition of imported queens. In the long-term we want to see a bee population that is locally adapted and truly sustainable, that is, for example, one that is not reliant on regular chemical treatments to control varroa. As beekeepers, we must consider the effects of our actions on our local bee populations. Re-queening an aggressive […]