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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 […]

BIBBA Webinars – The National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP)

[…]five sessions to host as follows (all are Tuesdays at 7.30pm):- 5 20th Oct “Resilient Honeybees” by Grace McCormack 6 27th Oct “Where we are, how we got here and how we can move on…….” by Roger Patterson 7 3rd Nov “Some Fresh Ideas for Teaching and Learning” by Roger Patterson 8 10th Nov “Bees and queens for everyone” by […]
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North Gower Bee Improvement

[…]low number of beekeepers (mostly hobbyists) which may have helped reduce mass import of non-native bees in this area. Furthermore, the isolation of the northern tip of Gower may offer a stronghold for colonies of near native bees. The group which is just starting is looking to encourage breeding from these local near native stocks and improve their qualitive through selective […]

North Devon Bee Improvement Group-EX32

[…]in producing Queens and colonies for our teaching programme and as a source of local bees for beginners. In the long term we would be excited to part of the effort to improve the nation’s […]

Honey bee conservation

[…]due to occasional diseases. Dedicated conservation programs will eventually provide various honeybee strains and traits that are suitable for sustainable beekeeping. In a newly published study, researchers analysed the relationships between individuals of the honey bee subspecies Apis mellifera mellifera in a conservation centre, a drone congregation area, and the surrounding populations. Honeybees have a very complex mating system in […]

Colonsay a honey bee haven

[…]on bee health in Scotland and would be significant in ensuring a bright future for black bees on the island. “The Bee Keeping Order illustrates how our non-native species legislation can be used to protect our native wildlife,” he said. “The order is a targeted measure to protect an important population of black bees on Colonsay from hybridisation with non-native […]

Bacteria Help Honey Bee Larvae

[…]eat during their first couple days. Then they are fed increasingly more honey, which has also been found to contain P. apium in most bee hives. In laboratory experiments designed by Corby-Harris, bee larvae were fed either P. apium-spiked jelly or sterile control jelly. The group fed P. apium had a 20-percent better survival rate in the first trial and […]

Stiperstones & Long Mynd Area Bee Breeders – SY15

[…]Welsh Marches. Core activities centre around selective breeding from the best near-native bees and local bees showing native characteristics and behaviours, hence improving thrift, robustness and temperament. Happy to work collaboratively with individuals or other small groups in the area who share our aims. We use grafting and mini-nucs as standard but have experience of other methods. Talks given and […]
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Dark Bee Conservation Group – WF5

West Yorkshire group aiming to promote and improve the local bee whilst preserving the natural honey bee diversity, reduce colony losses and reduce the dependence on therapeutic and chemical treatments. contact Stuart […]

Margaret Murdin “Bee Genetics Explained” – “Understanding the Queen”

Margaret has been keeping bees for about 12 years and is a practical beekeeper who learnt her skills as a member of the Ormskirk and Croston Branch of the Lancashire Association. She is a member of BIBBA and keeps bees that are well adapted to the local area. She currently has 20 colonies across 3 apiaries and is interested in […]
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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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What is the ‘British Black’ bee?

[…]names for the Dark European Bee include ‘Old English’, ’British Black Bee’, ‘Irish Black Bee’ and ‘Brown Bee’. see […]
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Bucks Berks & Oxon Bee Improvement (BBOBI ) – RG9

[…]sharing of knowledge to widen beekeepers expertise in queen breeding with the long term goal of bee improvement. Breed a locally adapted dark honey bee While we realise we are unlikely to be able to introduce a near native Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm) in the short to medium term, we wish to breed local adapted dark bees of the best […]
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A Proposal for a National Honey Bee Improvement Programme

[…]long-term solution. If, as an alternative to the importation of queens, we established a National Bee Improvement Programme which selected and propagated the best local bees, a good reason could then be made for not using imported bees. Beekeepers would benefit in two ways, that is, in a reduction in the biosecurity risks associated with imports, and through the opportunity […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

[…]differ on these numbers). So, if controlling the male line is so difficult what can I do? Simple Bee Improvement – controlling the female line. Anyone who has had the opportunity of hearing Roger Patterson speak at his Bee Improvement for All days will know that there is a lot you can achieve with a small number of hives (as […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part two

[…] There’s a lot to cover here so I’m breaking this into two sections – part one was Simple Bee Improvement in last month’s edition, here is part two and the final part will be in next month’s edition. Starting Stock Once a beekeeper or group has mastered simple bee improvement you may wish to expand your activities and as […]
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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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