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Some history of the East Midlands group

[…]our base. These include Spurn Point on the East Coast, and the Elan Valley in Wales. The restriction on movement of bees when varroa arrived put an end to such travelling, and over the last few years our stocks have become more hybridised. The spread of varroa throughout England and Wales has meant there are now no restrictions on movement. […]

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

[…]& late in the day Moderate swarmers White cappings Little propolis Resistant to disease Quiet on combs Not unduly aggressive Slow to develop in early spring Small brood nest Settle down early for winter Consume little in winter C: Brother Adam, 1966.8 Less prolific. Long lived. Long flight range. Thrifty. Incomparable cappings. Speed of comb building. Extreme susceptibility to acarine […]
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Wight Bee Improvement Group

[…]using IOW mongrel stock, members will be encouraged to keep records of all their own stock, using only those considered to be worthy 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 […]

Neville Dearden

[…]1970s and was delighted when that hive was awarded “Best invention in Beekeeping” at the National Honey Show. Designing the “HoneyHome” hive involved several discussions with the late Colin Butler at Rothamstead, and, the late Adrian Waring’s paper on Bee Space stated “The horizontal bee space in this hive was perfect. There was never any brace comb built there.” Until […]

Bucks Berks & Oxon Bee Improvement (BBOBI ) – RG9

[…]encourage beekeepers to actively seek out their best hive and encourage drone production using drone comb, and practice drone removal in hives of poor temperament. Poor drones are one of the main reasons for poor queens. They have a significant impact on the longevity of queens, because of poor mating and infertility.  This is thought to be caused by poor […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

[…]better stock in your area. I find colonies given drone foundation use it and tend not to build drone comb elsewhere which keeps your comb tidy (although one of my colonies builds three frames of drone comb regardless!). Just put one frame of drone foundation, one in from the outside frame or in your best colonies two frames – one […]
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Conserving black bees

[…]for an island mating station. However, the Hebridean islands are not the place to risk a pension on a queen rearing business! Swarm inspections start around mid-June and finish at the end of July. To minimize colony disruption, colonies with double brood boxes are split, tipped upwards and inspected for cells on the frame bottoms of the top box. It […]


[…]online, but as with books, there are a large number that are poor quality, inappropriate for our conditions or give poor advice. There seems to be an urge by beginners to make a video about their new hobby and display it for the world to see, when they may lack adequate knowledge or experience. Beekeepers, especially beginners, may have difficulty […]

Webinars – Summary

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Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]or primed cups (that is ones that have been in the hive for a least a day), in every other position on the grafting bar, and found that it makes no difference to acceptance. The next stage At some point in the following days, we will check for acceptance, to satisfy our curiosity, and so we know how many homes […]

Section 8.1 – Dominating an Area with the Selected Strain

[…]is started three weeks prior to the start of your first round of queen rearing. Also, a frame of drone comb or foundation can be inserted in the breeder colonies. Once it has been laid up it can be removed and replaced with another frame of drone comb or foundation.  The laid up frame is then placed in one of […]
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Recommended YouTube Videos

[…]there are many of dubious accuracy, giving poor advice that may be inappropriate for our conditions. As there is no vetting procedure to display educational material online, what is the inexperienced beekeeper to believe? BIBBA strongly believes that beekeeping information should be high quality, so we have made it easy by asking an experienced practical beekeeper to recommend a selection […]