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Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

[…]about getting yourself organised. Figure out how to create another 1-6 colonies for when a suitable larvae, queen cell, virgin queen or mated queen becomes available. Have a few things prepared so that when you get the call or email, it’s not a mad dash. As soon as the above equipment is used, figure out where the next frames, box […]
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Queens – an example of collaboration between beekeepers, by Roger Patterson

[…]the first to be replaced in the spring, the colonies often being used for the earlier rounds of queen rearing. In September 2019, BIBBA Chair Karl Colyer was the victim of a road incident that left him unable to prepare his bees for winter. This and flooding meant he had heavy winter losses, from which he spent the spring and […]
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Cupkit, Fakes and Annoyance

[…]queens.  It is rather annoying when a cage falls off the holder, releasing the virgin into a queen rearing colony.  It is difficult to keep all the compatible parts together – in use they get mixed up – so, as I don’t like wasting things, I nailed a bar in the frame so that if the cage did fall off […]

Conserving black bees

[…]to improve the native strain consider­ably.”2 A local farmer, Niall McNeill, was trained in queen rearing. Queens and nucs were sent regularly to the mainland. In 1945, Eva Crane, Direc­tor of the International Bee Research Association in the U.K., recorded in her diary a visit to Colonsay and Oronsay and her interest in find­ing Black Bees on the islands, which […]

Webinars – Season Two

Tuesday 18th August 7:30pm – Roger Patterson – “Dead Bees Don’t Buzz – Surviving the Winter “ Presentation:  “Dead Bees Don’t Buzz – Surviving the Winter “ View Recording – Roger Patterson – “Dead Bees Don’t Buzz – Surviving the Winter “ Tuesday 25th August 7:30pm – Lynfa Davies – “The Mystery of Mating” Presentation:  “The Mystery of Mating”. View […]

Surrey Hills Queen Rearing – GU1

[…]with BIBBA’s objectives we look towards breeding from local stock without importing any bees or queens. Promoting this approach we hope to encourage other beekers to do the same. contact Sarah Rowlands […]

Bloomington Bees – USA

Limestone Bees: We are currently a small group but currently looking for more members who share the love of Beekeeping and a passion for honeybees.  Bloomington Indiana 47403 USA contact  Nathanael […]

NatBIP – May 2020

[…]gained. It will cover such things as the record card and record-keeping, selecting breeder queens, queen rearing techniques, working in groups/Group Handbook, dominating an area with the selected strain/establishing a strain, selection of local stock/refining the native strain, and availability and distribution of surplus queens from other beekeepers. In the meantime, the Programme is being piloted at various apiaries around […]

Membership Application

[…]and methods. Demonstrations and workshops on practical subjects, such as colony assessment and queen rearing. Publications and guidance on all aspects of bee improvement and queen rearing. Support projects in areas with a high level of native bees. Courses on bee improvement and raising queens, using both natural methods the bees present us with that will suit the ordinary beekeeper, […]

BBOBI Group – April 2020 Newsletter

[…]and offering mated queens or even nucs to you in late June. We have been researching and making queen banks in the hope we can hold our best queens a little longer this year. Another success from last year was the social gatherings at a local pub, this started in April and unless we can meet via a Zoom session, […]

Bucks Berks & Oxon Bee Improvement (BBOBI ) – RG9

[…]We encourage beekeepers to value and nurture their drones with the same care they would their queens. Encourage the use of British hybrid queens We want to encourage people to buy British and support their fellow beekeepers by buying locally adapted British hybrids. We want to discourage the use of the so called ‘Buckfast bee’ whose name has become synonymous […]
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I Want Bees

Which is the Best Bee? What is Apis mellifera mellifera? Apis mellifera mellifera, Linnaeus 1758 is a subspecies and northern geographical race of Apis mellifera, the western honeybee. It may be subdivided into many local ecotypes. Its various vernacular names include:“Dark European Honeybee” (English),“L’abeille noire” (French),“Die dunkle Biene” (German) and“Det mörka Nordiska Biet” (Swedish) Apis mellifera mellifera is distinguished from […]

Paypal UK Members

renewal each year on 1st January Ordinary membershipone person £25 Full Name Telephone number Joint membershiptwo people at same address £35 Full Name Telephone […]

A Proposal for a National Honey Bee Improvement Programme

[…]and other beekeepers, favour the use of imported queens in their operations. A more developed queen rearing and breeding industry has grown up in Europe and around the world than in the UK, partly due to more favourable weather conditions, but also perhaps due to a lack of initiative by UK Government and beekeeping organizations. DEFRA formed a committee in […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

[…]swarm! Simple queen propagation – there’s no need to worry initially, about complex methods of queen rearing (unless you want to). Simple splits can raise a lot of queens. When I first became a commercial Beekeeper, I had only 6 colonies but by splitting each of these, I had 32 by the end of the season (not much honey though)! […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part two

More advanced Strategies in Bee Improvement suitable for native bees Many people find queen rearing a daunting prospect. There is an overwhelming amount of information, methods and advice. For clarity you simply need to select your selection criteria, a method of starting queen cells, a method of mating your queens and a method of introducing your queens. It makes sense […]
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Lester Wickham

[…]a trio of tykes. Lester appreciated what Beowulf was proposing and he and a friend started a queen rearing project in the heights above Holme Firth, long before Compo, Cleggy and Norah Batty entered our lives. The strong winds over the Pennines proved too much for successful queen mating so they retrenched into the Holme Valley and went for honey, […]

Bees for Sale

[…]raise extra queens and nucs to sell in order that we can dissuade beekeepers from buying imported queens. We presently do not have the ability to inspect or vouch for such queens and nucs and simply require the seller to give an assurance that they are raised from local stock and are not imports, and that the seller supports the […]

BIBBA Monthly – September 2019

Queen Rearing – my preferred method by Jo Widdicombe Setting Up a Breeding Conservation Group BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 52 – Spring 2019

From the President – Jo Widdicombe Queen rearing at Exeter – Catherine Mudge One size fits all – Baruch Livneh Battling the Bandits – Dorian Pritchard Adventures in Beekeeping – Brian Ripley BIBBA Conference 2018 – Roger Patterson SICAMM Conference 2018 – Jo Widdicombe Aimo Nurminen – Lassi Kauko BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine […]

What does BIBBA Offer?

[…]and methods. Demonstrations and workshops on practical subjects, such as colony assessment and queen rearing. Publications and guidance on all aspects of bee improvement and queen rearing. Support projects in areas with a high level of native bees.   Courses on bee improvement and raising queens, using both natural methods the bees present us with that will suit the ordinary […]

Adrian Waring

[…]Brooke poem – Adrian recited the rest of the poem! He demonstrated skill at managing bees and queen rearing which he was able to convey to others.   Adrian was also a stick dresser – a maker of walking sticks.   He made one for me with a skep carved on the handle, which will remind me of the time we spent together.   He […]

Neville Dearden

[…]of his working life in senior executive roles in business demanded that he always had a busy time table but he still managed to keep up to 10 productive urban hives in his own garden and later on a nearby allotment. Whilst working as a non-executive director of a fibreglass fabrication company Neville researched designed, and oversaw production of the […]

BBOBI Group – March April 2019 Newsletter

[…]Colony Survival Survey: https://www.bbka.org.uk/winter-colony-survival-survey-1819 May & June Queen rearing continues July training get together to review our progress to our aims and share our lessons. We’ve had interest from new beekeepers and keepers wanting more bees. We can’t promise to supply nucs in this our first year, but if interested please get in touch and we’ll add you to the list. […]

Beekeepers come swarming to the Sustainability days

[…]survey last year where 4,763 beekeepers fed back to a range of topical beekeeping questions around queen rearing. Some typical feedback included: Why purchase your own queens rather than rear your own? Not enough experience (41%), not enough time (17%), to improve colony temperament (35%) and to improve colony productivity (25%) What form of assistance would help you to raise […]
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Strategy

[…]including Bee Improvement Programmes in the British Isles and Ireland; Supporting and developing queen-rearing operations and local/regional mating stations for the use of beekeepers in the relevant area; Supporting local Beekeeping Associations who are interested in supporting native and near-native bees; Campaigning to change beekeeping practices that work against native, near-native and locally adapted honey bees, Working with other beekeeping […]

Sustainable Bees and Queens – Cheshire

[…]perceived problems in producing queens in the U.K. Overwintering bees and queens. Demystifying queen rearing. Simple queen rearing methods. Simple and efficient ways to produce nuclei. Suggested methods for BKAs to supply bees and queens to members/beginners. Methods for small and larger quantities. Benefits of teaching apiaries. Queen rearing facility in teaching apiaries. Queen rearing as a collective exercise. Producing […]

Downloads

[…]files are used by individual beekeepers and groups to help them with their bee improvement and queen rearing activities.BIBBA gives permission to freely copy any or all of these files for personal use and also pass the files to others interested in breeding honey bees. BIBBA only asks in return that the source of these files be acknowledged.  DrawWing By Adam […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens

[…]perceived problems in producing queens in the U.K. Overwintering bees and queens. Demystifying queen rearing. Simple queen rearing methods. Simple and efficient ways to produce nuclei. Suggested methods for BKAs to supply bees and queens to members/beginners. Methods for small and larger quantities. Benefits of teaching apiaries. Queen rearing facility in teaching apiaries. Queen rearing as a collective exercise. Producing […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South East

[…]perceived problems in producing queens in the U.K. Overwintering bees and queens. Demystifying queen rearing. Simple queen rearing methods. Simple and efficient ways to produce nuclei. Suggested methods for BKAs to supply bees and queens to members/beginners. Methods for small and larger quantities. Benefits of teaching apiaries. Queen rearing facility in teaching apiaries. Queen rearing as a collective exercise. Producing […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South West

[…]perceived problems in producing queens in the U.K. Overwintering bees and queens. Demystifying queen rearing. Simple queen rearing methods. Simple and efficient ways to produce nuclei. Suggested methods for BKAs to supply bees and queens to members/beginners. Methods for small and larger quantities. Benefits of teaching apiaries. Queen rearing facility in teaching apiaries. Queen rearing as a collective exercise. Producing […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens : Midlands

[…]perceived problems in producing queens in the U.K. Overwintering bees and queens. Demystifying queen rearing. Simple queen rearing methods. Simple and efficient ways to produce nuclei. Suggested methods for BKAs to supply bees and queens to members/beginners. Methods for small and larger quantities. Benefits of teaching apiaries. Queen rearing facility in teaching apiaries. Queen rearing as a collective exercise. Producing […]