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Sustainability – Bees and Queens for Everyone using low-cost, simple methods

[…]of one day regional events in early 2019 to help and encourage everyone from the small-scale beekeeper upwards and BKAs to produce bees and queens from local stock, by using simple techniques that may be little more than a variation of what many beekeepers already do and at little or no cost. Topics include:- Why raise queens? Addressing perceived problems […]
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The Eden Project’s 2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping

[…]Sussex University Using whole genome sequencing to analyse the genetic diversity of the UK honey bee population. HONEY BEE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING Dr Mark Barnett, Edinburgh University:- The need to conserve the Dark European honey bee. Dylan Elen, Bangor University:- Developing sustainable beekeeping in Wales, some results of initial genetic survey. Prof Grace P McCormack, National University of Ireland […]
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Mount Edgcumbe Cornish Bee Group – PL10

[…]sides of the lower River Tamar. Our aim as a BIBBA group is to foster interest in the native honey bee and to help beekeepers to improve their own stock using Amm characteristics as a guide. contact Kathy […]

Shebbear Black Bee Conservation Project – EX22

[…]of the Group: Reintroduction of black bee colonies into the Shebbear area and encouraging existing bee keepers to switch to black bees Specific short-term targets: Breeding and monitoring of black bees at Newton Mill, formation of a CIC (or Charity) to teach bee keeping contact Adrian […]
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Cheshire Honeybee Improvement Partnership (CHIP)- CW9

[…]BIBBA members, to help form local queen rearing groups to aid the improvement of local bees and support the objectives of BIBBA; to improve and propagate the native and near native honey bees. The CHIP members have formed a collective queen rearing group and are each helping other local individuals and groups to enter into selective and practical queen rearing […]
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Bee improvement for all day- Lanarkshire

£10 a head; tea and coffee provided, bring your own packed lunch Contact details Susan Fotheringham Bank details for BACS payments (preferred): Lloyds Bank Sort code: 30-98-97 Account number: 30350560 Directions: CLYDESMILL M74 southbound CLYDESMILL M74 […]

Bee Improvement for All – Edinburgh

[…]e.g. a swarming colony, as well as some of the simpler artificial methods that will suit the beekeeper or group who needs more queens. All suggested methods are easily understood and suitable for all beekeepers, whether they are beginners or more experienced. There will be a number of ideas and options given in an unbiased way. Beekeepers should learn more, […]

Wight Bee Improvement Group

[…]of passing on their bloodlines. At present no drone rearing is possible due to the variety of both beekeepers and imported stock. Hopefully this can be improved as the group increases in members and stock Specific short-term targets: Well mannered calm bees – low swarming – good foragers – non followers. With a little tuition it is hoped the group […]

Bee Improvement for All – Devon

[…]at Eden Project and four associated events on the same weekend, we have had to cancel the Bee Improvement for All Day at South Brent. This is a great pity because there have been over 40 of these popular events since 2014, many of which have reached venue capacity. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope we can reschedule it […]

Bee Improvement for All – Portishead

[…]made using the following link (no payments accepted on the day) http://northsomersetbeekeepers.org/bee-improvement-for-all-27-january-2018/   course info: […]

Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens

Resources http://www.coloss.org/beebook/I/instrumental-insemination http://www.beeculture.com/instrumental-insemination/ Sue Cobey http://www.honeybeeinsemination.com/resources.html solution for cryopreservation http://www.amplab.de/en-EN/beebreeding.html Schley equipment […]

Black Bee Reserve

[…]visitor about our native Northern European Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera. Referred to as the Black Bee, it has been found to be thriving in Mount Edgcumbe Park and the surrounding Rame Peninsular, as well as in other parts of Cornwall.  Dr Mairi Knight of Plymouth University spoke of current research by her Department of Molecular Sciences into local adaptation in […]

Abberton Native Bee Group/ Essex 4 Bees – CO2

[…]site when three came along at once! One of the sites was just a mile away from our proposed native bee site and Bill kept bees within two miles. Rather than any objection to our bringing in new bees Tom, Russell and Bill were keen to have native stock at their apiaries and Bill volunteered to take on the day […]
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Bee Breeding and Queen Rearing Courses UK

[…]may not suit their environment, or run the risk of importing pests and diseases. BIBBA Open Days Bee Improvement For All (BIFA) days One and two day Bee Improvement Courses If you would like an event in your area, either a standard one or something different to suit you, please contact BIBBA Conference and Workshop Secretary Roger Patterson by email […]

Bee Improvement for All: Saffron Walden

[…]for All’  day with Roger Patterson: A one day event packed with sound information to help all beekeepers improve their bees. The presentation will concentrate on encouraging beekeepers to raise their own queens to produce docile colonies that are productive, healthy and best suited to their environment. Saturday 18 November 2017, 9 am – 4.30 pm at Sewards End Village Hall, […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]leave the course with the confidence and skills to start rearing queens and developing their own bee stocks. Who is it for? This course is aimed at beekeepers who:- currently manage several colonies know the “basics” of beekeeping, i.e. the life cycles, swarming procedure of a colony, disease recognition, etc, are able to recognise eggs and young larvae, can handle […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]leave the course with the confidence and skills to start rearing queens and developing their own bee stocks. Who is it for? This course is aimed at beekeepers who:- currently manage several colonies know the “basics” of beekeeping, i.e. the life cycles, swarming procedure of a colony, disease recognition, etc, are able to recognise eggs and young larvae, can handle […]

2 Day Bee Improvement Course. Exeter, Devon.

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2 Day Bee Improvement Course: Suffolk

Improving bees by raising your own queens – course Tutor – Roger Patterson In conjunction with West Suffolk BKA and BIBBA Thursday 20 July and Friday 21 July at Nowton Park Apiary, near Bury St Edmunds. Course fee Early bird £50 if booked before 4 July the event £60 if booked on or after 4 July. Please bring your own […]

Bee Improvement For All: West Sussex

A one day event packed with sound information to help all beekeepers improve their bees. The presentation will concentrate on encouraging beekeepers to raise their own queens to produce docile colonies that are productive, healthy and best suited to their environment. The bees often give us opportunities during the summer and there will be plenty of ideas on how to use […]

BIBBA Open Day – Improve Your Bees

[…]and practice for all beekeepers This is an all day summer event to help increase the knowledge of beekeepers of all abilities on bee improvement. Attendees are encouraged to rear queens from desirable colonies that are docile, calm on the comb, productive and suit their local conditions. There will be one or two PowerPoint presentations to inform attendees of the […]

Scottish Native Honey Bee Society

[…]Andrew Abrahams Soapbox presentations The role of science Making native bees available Defining the new society Exploring actions for the future [/column-half-1] [column-half-2] Aims for the day Understand native bees better Learn about existing groups Agreement on the society’s aims Getting more people involved Meet others from same area Decisions on what to do next [/column-half-2] full details of start […]

2 Day Bee Improvement Course. North Wales.

if you wish to book or have any queries, please contact Steve Rose more […]

BIPCo 6th Annual Bee Improvement Day

BIPCo would like to invite beekeepers to the 6th Annual Bee Improvement Day   A one-day event organised by the Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo)   To be held at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AE on Saturday 18th February 2017 commencing at 9.00am for registration (9.30am start) until 3.30pm   A day for all those interested in […]

The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

[…]mellifera is therefore a subspecies of one of these lines. Bad reputation The use of the black bee by beekeepers has declined sharply because it has a reputation for being aggressive and producing little honey. The black bee is certainly not a docile bee. For some, this ability to defend themselves, this reactivity to stress, is even an advantage because it forces […]

Group Presentation & Discussion “Bee improvement and bee breeding groups – some experiences and ideas”

[…]session has been included in the programme because BIBBA intends to expand the network of bee breeding and bee improvement groups, as a way of helping beekeepers with a small number of colonies to improve their bees in a meaningful way. BIBBA has a list of groups, with a Groups’ Secretary who can offer help, advice and encouragement where needed. […]
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Irene Power “Beekeeping and a Full Time Job”

[…]with keen interests in honey bee health and queen rearing & honey production. Lecture Title: “Beekeeping and a full time job” The age of beekeepers in recent years has lowered, with many in full time employment, possibly with young families and other interests that have a demand on leisure time. This talk will cover the topic of how to manage […]
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Nick Bentham-Green “Bee Improvement in Cornwall, Achievements and Aspirations”

[…]these will be discussed during Nick’s presentation. The groups being BipCo, CBIBBG the Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Group, and B4 (Bring Back Black Bees). Their principle aims are the same and for that reason, Nick saw it as very important that there is a regular free and frank exchange of ideas between the 3 groups, so that there […]
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Phil Chandler “Balanced Beekeeping: Top Bars, Eco Floors and Black Bees”

[…]for our bees, without having to climb trees? What are the advantages of top bar hives for bees and beekeeper? What is the point of balance between the bees’ needs and ours, as beekeepers? Do native and near native bees best suit balanced beekeeping? Should we be “re-wilding” our black bees? If so, how should we go about […]
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Jim Ryan “Beekeeping – If the bees wrote the book”

[…]been chairman for 16 years and am currently chairman of Galtee Bee Breeders. Lecture Title: “Beekeeping – If the bees wrote the book” As beekeepers we have certain ideas in our head each year as to what we hope to achieve in our beekeeping. But how do the bees look at it? What do they hope to achieve? Our main […]
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Paul Cross “Development of a miniature vibration energy harvester for battery-less tracking of honey bees”

[…]Title: “Development of a miniature vibration energy harvester for battery-less tracking of honey bees” The recent global decline in honey bee colonies has ignited efforts to better understand the spatial interaction of bees with their environment. To date, no technology exists to effectively track such things as foraging, queen and drone flight paths or enable the long-term evaluation of navigation […]
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The health and status of the feral honeybee population of the UK

[…]honeybee colonies. Deformed wing virus was shown to be 2.4 fold higher in feral than managed honeybees. Managed honeybee colonies not treated for Varroa showed similar levels of deformed wing virus to that of feral colonies. In the absence of managing the Varroa mite, feral populations are subject to potentially lethal levels of DWV. Such a finding provides evidence to […]
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Steve Rose “My Approach to Bee Selection”

[…]studies are conducted by M.Sc and Ph.D students and cover topics such as genetic purity of the bees of the locality, development of instrumentation for tracking bees in flight and assessments of various techniques, including morphometric and nuclear, for determining purity. The presentation also touches on projects conducted jointly with other breeding groups located outside the […]

Philip Denwood “Towards a History of the Dark Bee in Britain”

[…]“Towards a History of the Dark Bee in Britain” There are two common misconceptions about honey bees and the dark bee Apis mellifera mellifera in particular in the British isles: 1) English Government circles (as distinct from Scottish) follow the belief that the honey bee was introduced to the British Isles by monks in Anglo-Saxon times. It is therefore not […]
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