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Webinars – January 2022

[…]with a number of different approaches. In 2016 a number of beekeepers who wished to practice more bee-friendly methods of keeping bees founded Lune Valley Community Beekeepers and Fred became its chairman. The Group has grown steadily ever since, mainly with members new to beekeeping whose interest lies mainly in environmental matters rather than honey production. Lune Valley Beekeepers maintain […]

Home5

[…]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 our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to […]

Education & Training

[…]subscribe to get reminders Let's Go Beekeeping Roger Patterson gives practical beekeeping tips in this video series. BIBBA Publications We have a range of publications available to the public. They are available from all good beekeeping book suppliers and on Amazon. Upcoming Webinars BIBBA put together an excellent programme of speakers every year. Find out about our upcoming events. Webinar […]

Home3a

[…]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 our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]a single graft cell when we introduced grafts on 16th August. It is not clear why this should have been so, but the bees were clearly beginning to prepare for Winter – drone numbers were very low and a lot of propolis used to seal the boxes together. Temperatures did not exceed 20C in the last 10 days of the […]

BIBBA Books

[…]more appropriate. The Teaching Apiary: A brilliant resource For many years Teaching Apiaries have been used by Bee Keeping Associations (BKAs) to teach the practical side of beekeeping. Alas, not all BKA’s yet have these valuable facilities, though this book should encourage them to consider the value of having one. Roger Patterson has been involved with his local BKA teaching […]

Tim Smit’s View

[…](NatBIP) into its next phase and, as part of this, we need promote our message about native honey bees and bee improvement to a much wider audience. We are therefore very pleased that Sir Tim Smit (from the Eden Project) offered to help us promote that message through this short video. Although he is not a beekeeper himself, he is […]

The Native Irish Honey Bee

[…]a ‘go to’ source of information not just for beekeepers in the island of Ireland but for all beekeepers who keep Amm bees or who want to know more. It covers all the essentials: What is a native Irish honey bee? Consideration of honey bee genetics (which will become an increasingly important issue in the 2020s as our knowledge of […]

Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

[…]Beekeepers was founded in June 2016 by a small group of beekeepers who wanted to engage in more bee-centric rather than beekeeper-centric approaches to beekeeping, and adopt a focus on improving the environment for bees rather than producing honey. These approaches included: only inspecting colonies three or four times a year unless really necessary letting the bees swarm naturally and […]

Silent Earth

[…]the agenda of debate relating to pollinators in the 2020s. This a key debate with which all beekeepers and beekeeping organisations will need to engage. BIBBA certainly intends to be at the centre of this debate. If you have not already seen it, it is well worthwhile reading Dave Goulson’s recent interview with Sarah Wyndham Lewis (of Bermondsey Street Bees) […]

Live @ The Hive

[…]device. The sessions are genuine hive inspections that often show problems in the same way as all beekeepers find when inspecting their own colonies. Not all sessions will be full colony inspections, as there may be a technique or topic shown, but there is always something different and interesting. By their nature, “Live @ the Hive” sessions aren’t scripted and […]

Bee Improvement Strategies

[…]question any individual or group should consider is what method should I/we follow to Improve our bees and to produce queens. There are a few key choices depending on your aims, capacity (time and equipment) and capabilities. I’m assuming the reader is looking for a bee that is native and/or locally adapted. Kevin […]

LVCB Breeding Group-LA1

[…]in 2016, Lune Valley Community Beekeepers promotes a responsible, alternative, low intervention, bee-centric approach to beekeeping. With a Club apiary in Lancaster our main area of operation is the lower Lune Valley and the surrounding areas. We have just set up a breeding apiary with the objectives of providing a source of healthy, dark, docile bees, well suited to our […]

NatBIP News No 7

[…]that we are part of a movement that is taking steps to a sustainable future, that aims to improve beekeeping and leave our bees in a better condition than we found them. Enjoy the winter break and make positive plans for next […]

Colony Increase – The Roger Patterson Method

[…]The author has used the whole method or parts successfully for over 40 years. Although it has been used in the UK, there is no reason why it can’t be successfully implemented throughout the world. It is suitable for all beekeepers, whether small scale where selective parts of this book can be used, or by larger sale where the full […]
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NatBIP News No6

[…]through natural selection. This is why BIBBA puts emphasis on the native strain of honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera. Beekeepers can argue about the relative merits of different strains and sub-species but ultimately, for bee improvement, we need to go down the easiest route. If beekeepers could all agree, we could try to impose an exotic strain on to our […]

BIBBA Monthly – June 2021

[…]colonies per year in favourable conditions. This is an excellent method for sustainably producing bees to supply new beekeepers and for providing an income stream for commercial beekeepers. Several queens can also be mated in the nucs during the summer, so adding value. Producing bees and queens locally avoids the use of imports that are a concern to many beekeepers, […]

Bee Improvement Days 2021

Bee Improvement Days 2021 The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA) will be running a small number of practical and theoretical courses during the summer months. These will be aimed at beekeepers who wish to improve their bees, with emphasis on suitability to the environment, docility, calmness on the comb, ease of management, good use of stores, etc. The […]

NatBIP News No5

[…]us to select and improve from this population. As beekeepers, we sometimes ask a lot of our bees, but bee improvement offers us the chance to develop bees that are good survivors as well as offering the qualities that the beekeeper wants or needs. Queen rearing and drones Photo by Roger Patterson It is worth remembering that all the queens […]

Live @ the Hive

[…]device. The sessions are genuine hive inspections that often show problems in the same way as all beekeepers find when inspecting their own colonies. Not all sessions will be full colony inspections, as there may be a technique or topic shown, but there is always something different and interesting. By their nature, “Live @ the Hive” sessions aren’t scripted and […]

Webinars on YouTube

OUR SPRING WEBINAR PROGRAMME HAS NOW FINISHED Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our exciting, upcoming programme. Recordings of the majority of our spring webinars are available below and on our YouTube […]

NatBIP News No4

[…]Unfortunately, this has been going on for a long time, and the result is destabilisation of our bee population. We have a bee population in which the development of local adaptation is constantly undermined by the introduction of new untested genes. The development of a locally adapted bee is a goal worth aiming for and accepting that we have to […]

West Linton BKA-EH46

Midlothian group helping local beekeepers and novices start beekeeping and bee improvement. Our intention is to lend a colony bees to each new beekeeper that joins us, from which they can, with our assistance, breed new colonies both for themselves and to repay their debt. For further information please contact: […]

East Midlands 1998

[…]sake of change, or to be panicked into making changes when things go wrong. This last season has been disappointing largely because it has been such a wet season, as the weather records that have been broken clearly indicate. What we have learnt though, in this wet season, is that in such conditions we need to modify our techniques to […]