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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 […]

Course Feedback

[…]by Raising Your Own Queens A dozen beekeepers, mostly from Wales, attended the first of two BIBBA Bee Improvement Courses conducted by Roger Pattinson and hosted by Steve Rose at his smallholding, Cilgwri, Near Corwen, Denbighshire. Cilgwri is Steve’s home apiary and has excellent teaching facilities so it was an ideal venue for the course. The variable June weather dictated […]

Abberton Native Bee Group/ Essex 4 Bees – CO2

[…]the native bee was attractive to them and to The Wildlife Trust. Also BIBBA had in January run a Bee Improvement For All day in Colchester with Roger Patterson which was well attended and couldn’t have been more timely. Abberton Reservoir is about 10 miles south of Colchester and the area is sparsely populated with people and importantly beekeepers so […]
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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 […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]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 bees reasonably well What equipment is […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]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 bees reasonably well What equipment is […]

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 […]

Steve Rose “My Approach to Bee Selection”

[…]the intermediate beekeeping course for his local association. In recent years he has hosted BIBBA bee improvement courses at his home apiary. Lecture Title: “My Approach to Bee Selection” This presentation discusses the need for selective breeding and the advantages of the native honey bee Apis mellifera mellifera for the British climate, especially for more marginal districts. Desirable traits and […]

Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

[…]of the surrounding area, by raising queens from their better colonies and culling the poor ones. Bee Improvement should be of interest to all beekeepers and for a number of reasons including temper, quietness on the combs and suitability to the locality. The queen is an important factor in the characteristics of a colony, so colony assessment and queen selection […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]which form the outer layer tuck their heads inwards and the abdominal overhairs interlock from bee to bee, insulating the cluster like the fur of a mammal. In late summer, perhaps because of the diminution of brood rearing, the amount of biopterin in the larval food is greatly increased and ‘winter bees’ are formed, in which protein and fat accumulate […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]evolve, but even in this race differences can be observed between strains. In France, where the bee has been domiciled longest, there are distinct differences in brood rearing pattern between the mellifera bees of the Landes district in the Southwest, the bees of the Paris area and those of Corsica. The Landes bees are typical “heather bees”, conditioned to a […]
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