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BIM 46 – Winter 2015

[…]the years I have discovered a few of the many “myths” of beekeeping, some of which apply to queen rearing. BIBBA Conference – Roy Norris Isle of Man 20th – 22nd September The BIfA workshop – Katey Slater Nell proceeded to befriend anyone who looked her way! Grafting – Roger Patterson is the drowning of larvae another myth? Assessment of […]

The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

[…]reproduction, with grafting (transfer of larvae), artificial insemination or selection of queens. The bee is therefore an increasingly domesticated species. The black bee can be considered both wild and domestic, even if in light of the evolution of species and its behavior, it should be considered as a wild animal. Especially since it has not been the subject of intensive selection like certain […]

BIM 48 – Winter 2016/17

[…]as a fictional interview, I’ve asked and answered questions readers might find of interest. Queen raising criteria in N.E. European Russia – Anna Brandorf & Marija Ivoilova The rearing of high quality queens is an important element in bee colony reproduction. Bee Improvement – Roger Patterson One and Two Day Practical Courses BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of […]

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

[…]alone. In 1936 sanctions were imposed on Italy by the British Government and the importation of queens from that country diminished from that time and ceased during the war. For some years, too, the importation of other races, Carniolans, Caucasians, etc., has been discontinued. The Italian element, as shown by colouring, is steadily disappearing and many of our bees are […]
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BIM 43 – Spring 2014

[…]a major problem in bee breeding is the difficulty of ensuring pure matings for their selected queens. If this problem can be solved, much more rapid progress will be possible in improving the native bee by selection. Ownership of a Swarm – Brian Dennis Your bees don’t swarm, but … In a talk on Bees and the Law, the speaker […]

BIM 42 – Winter 2013

[…]has been keeping dark bees on Colonsay for 35 years. BIBBA Groups News – Jo Widdicombe Imported queens of non-native sub-species are not providing the long term answer to bee improvement in this country. Whither goest thou? – Brian Dennis Since BIBBA was founded in 1964, there has always been much discussion and disagreement as to its aims. Are you […]

BIM 41 – Spring 2013

News from North Wales – Steve Rose We currently have eight small queen rearing groups situated in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and just over the border in West Shropshire. AGM Proposal 2012 – Will Messenger A proposal to modify the aims of BIBBA – no, not another one! The Native Bee – Dorian Pritchard The Native Bee shows its mettle: 2012 […]

BIM 39 – Autumn 2012

[…]Messenger Providing Breeding Material – Albert Knight Meet the Members – Eddie O’Sullivan Queen Rearing workshop – Mike Thornley Scottish Bee Breeding – Mike Thornley Experiments with Morphometry – Iain Harley SICAMM Conference – Steve Rose BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 38 – Spring 2012

[…]– Margie Ramsey News from the Groups – Jo Widdicombe News from BIPCo – Jo Widdicombe Queen Rearing Workshop – Mike Saunders Scottish Centenary Conference Sedbergh Breeding Group – Andrew Royce North Wales Queen Rearing – Steve Rose BIBBA Scottish Conference BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

Abberton Native Bee Group/ Essex 4 Bees – CO2

[…]to recruit more beekeepers to the project over the next few years and in addition to raising new queens also focus on teaching bee improvement and queen rearing. It is as important to have good tempered, healthy bees as much as native appearance. Essex Wildlife Trust is a major landowner in Essex with 69 sites over 8,400 acres and there […]
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BIBBA Open Day. Wakefield.

[…]by simple methods (the bees often do it for you!) Making up and maintaining nuclei Introducing queens and queen cells   Cost: £18/head before 25th May, £20 afterwards. Includes refreshments and lunch. Powered by […]

BIBBA Open Day. Lampeter.

[…]by simple methods (the bees often do it for you!) Making up and maintaining nuclei Introducing queens and queen cells Cost: £18/head before 13th June, £20 afterwards. Includes refreshments and lunch. Powered by […]

BIM 36 – Summer 2011

[…]Hazelhurst The way forward – Will Messenger Inbreeding part 2 – Dorian Pritchard Simple Queen Rearing – Dinah Sweet The Native Bee – Pam Hunter Dave Cushman – Roger Patterson John Dews Obituary – various Book Review – Philip Denwood The Rose Hive Method: Challenging Conventional Beekeeping, by Tim Rowe. BIBBA Trustees BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of […]

BIM 35 – Winter 2010-11

[…]– Jacob Kahn Bee improvement in IoM – Roger Patterson BIBBA Conference – Dinah Sweet Local Queen program – Roger Patterson Inbreeding part 1 – Dorian Pritchard Thoughts on Morphology – Roger Patterson Queen rearing for one – Albert Knight Conference law – Dorian Pritchard Trustees Report 2010 – Dinah Sweet Financial Statements – 2010 BIBBA members can download a […]

BIM 34 – Spring 2010

[…]David Allen Beekeeping notes – Willie Robson Small scale queen rearing – John Dews Expansion & queen rearing – Chris Broad Queen rearing on a small scale – Tom Robinson JZBZ frame bar – Roger Patterson Inbreeding – Tom Robinson Pesticides and colony losses – Eric Mussen Isle of Man workshop – Doris Fischler A note on MorphPlot – Peter […]

BIM 33 – Winter 2010

Cornbrook revisited – Sandra Unwin Local Queen Programme – Roger Patterson Assessment of colonies – Jo Widdicombe The BIBBA record card – Philip Denwood Groups – Terry Clare A model agreement – Terry Clare Queen rearing group – Roger Patterson Warnholz Mini BiVo nuc – Dave Cushman The Harding Mini Nuc – John Harding Bee improvement – Roger Patterson Entombment […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]depends who you talk to, but the list would include: u Hive inspections. u Marking & clipping the queen. u Re-queening. Instrumental insemination. u Swarm control. u Harvesting honey, pollen, propolis & wax. u Using foundation. Removing old comb. u Feeding sugar or pollen substitutes. u Drone management. u Plastic hive parts. u Using smoke to subdue bees. It is […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]queen cell using grafting, cell punching, cell plugs and the Miller method Clipping and marking queens Changing queens in colonies and queen introduction techniques. Drone production Making up queen mating colonies and nuclei. Getting queens mated and mating control. Equipment required – buying, making, improvising or modifying. Dispelling some of the myths Delegates will leave the course with the confidence […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]queen cell using grafting, cell punching, cell plugs and the Miller method Clipping and marking queens Changing queens in colonies and queen introduction techniques. Drone production Making up queen mating colonies and nuclei. Getting queens mated and mating control. Equipment required – buying, making, improvising or modifying. Dispelling some of the myths Delegates will leave the course with the confidence […]

East Midlands further notes

[…]to include other beekeepers with the intention to establish a local near native Amm strain ‘queen mating zone’ as described in the BIBBA proposal. The winter months will be spent now sorting and repairing stored gear, and getting equipment ready for the new season. We do wish to continue to be associated with National BIBBA and the NatBIP […]

BIM 44 – Summer 2014

[…]Release – Norman Carreck A BIPCo visit – Jo Widdicombe Pesticide Debate – Norman Benson Queen raising for the Amateur – Alan Brown In Memory of Janet Hinchley – David Allen Sampling and Predicting – Brian Dennis Bee v Pigeon – Jeremy Clay Genuine Imported Queens – Will Messenger Conference Venue BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the […]

Countryfile – on the Rame Peninsula

[…]any reason in the spring will be removed from the area and used for resources for any newly reared queens. In this way we make sure that as many colonies as possible, in the area, are putting out ‘good’ drones. The chances of good matings of any new queens produced are then as high as possible. This process is repeated […]

Godolphin-Cornwall

We have been queen rearing and improving stocks of local bees since 2015, based in the medieval garden and a small more private are on Godolphin Hill, we work closely with the B4 group, CBIBBG and the Cornish Bees Trelluswell group. Bob Black Beekeepers unite to save Native Bees in Cornwall Representatives of 4 bee groups came together at […]

BIBBA Conference 2018

[…]their bees and those locally. There will be information to help beekeepers to produce their own queens from stock that suits their environment, rather than relying on buying queens, possibly imported, that may not. Other beekeeping topics to suit everyone, whatever their experience or interest. We hope to help beekeepers to understand their bees better, so they can develop management […]

Course Feedback

[…]demonstrations of colony preparation, queen introduction, the selection and grafting of larvae and queen cell raising and queen mating using mini-nucs. The presentation of the course gave attendees plenty of opportunity for discussion and practice and, without exception, everyone benefitted from the course both in terms of a deeper understanding of the subject and of confidence to practise the skills […]

BIM 32 – Autumn 2009

[…]his beekeeping, the Welsh language and in the countless friendships he made, we will miss him. Queens entombed in wax – Norman Walsh I found the queen to be dead in the introduction cage and every hole in the cage packed with darkish beeswax Reply to Robin Dean’s article on the Black Bee – Jo Widdicombe Perhaps a lot of […]

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 […]

West Devon Bee Improvement Group

[…]experienced members to: • Assess the quality of their colonies • Identify queens suitable for queen-rearing and drone-production • Learn to graft/transfer larvae for stock improvement programmes • Consolidate desirable traits by collaborative queen-rearing • Provide nucs for local beekeepers to develop into […]

BIM 50 – Winter 2017

[…]planned with three streams More Queen Rearing Myths Busted– Roger Patterson I have been raising queens for 50 years, and not always having ideal conditions I have had to make do with what is available I have found that larvae for queen rearing can survive outside the hive and be transported for much longer than is usually said Winter Losses […]

BIM 51 – Summer 2018

[…]Martin The Honey Badger’s Story – Mike TaylorI began to replace the Italian and Buckfast queens with queens from my best dark colonies over the years BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

Wight Bee Improvement Group

Overview of aims of the Group:  Queen Rearing will only be carried out 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 […]

BIM 26 – Winter 2006

[…]scale, Part 1 – Dr.Dorian Pritchard SICAMM Conference 2006 – Philip Denwood York and District Queen Rearing Programme 2006 – Tom Robinson Obituary: Alan Bernard Hinchley – David Allen Bee Improvement Magazine: subject index. Issues 1-25 – Philip Denwood BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 31 – Spring 2009

The Harding queen raising system. John Harding A tribute to Gordon Hartshorn. Tom Rowlands Beekeeping in Northumberland. Dorian Pritchard Three fertile queens in one colony. Roger Patterson Brother Adam and the dark bee. Dorian Pritchard Breeding Group news. Jo Widdicombe The Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall. Jo Widdicombe Survey of native bees. Roger Patterson Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects. […]

BIM 30 – Winter 2008

[…]one that nearly got away. Micheál Mac Giolla Coda Bedfordshire Beekeepers’ Association queen rearing day. Wally Thrale Bee improvement and conservation in Southern England. Terry Clare Galtee Group queen rearing workshop. Jim Ryan Bee improvement and conservation in County Louth. Medway and North Kent Bee Breeding Group (MedBees). Terry […]

BIM 29 – Summer 2008

[…]Presidential Address, Moscow 2008 Dorian Pritchard Impressions of Russia Jo Widdicombe The Queen Rearing Day, Isle of Wight Ian King Queen rearing at Alnwick Brian Ripley Setting up the Ulster Bee Improvement Group (UBIG) Mervyn Eddie DEFRA Consultation Terry Clare Update on Stratford-upon-Avon Bee Improvement Group Peter Edwards Morphometry made easy — eventually! Peter Edwards Varroa destructor and winter losses […]

BIM 28 – Autumn 2007

Open Day at Cornbrook Bee Farm – Sandra Unwin Lancashire Queen Rearing Workshop – Ray Dowson The Carniolan Bee – Brian Milward Inbreeding in the Honeybee – Dorian Pritchard Galtee Bee Breeders’ Group Queen Rearing Workshop – Claire Chavasse Obituary: Claire Chavasse – Micheál Mac Giolla Coda Gormanston and BIBBA – Terry Clare BIBBA General Meeting, Gormanston – John Hendrie […]

BIM27 – Spring 2007

[…]BKA Bee Improvement Group – Peter Edwards Project Discover – Mervyn Eddie Techniques for Queen rearing & Introduction – Albert Knight BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

Albert Knight

[…]and Bee Breeders Association, as a more inclusive title! He was a knowledgeable beekeeper & queen breeder, who was always ready to share his experience to help others.   Albert wrote to me: “The committee members took BIBBA forward with renewed vigour and surprised many who had expected BIBBA to fall by the wayside when they heard of Beo’s death (in […]

NatBIP News No13

[…]are introduced to; there is a knock-on effect on the local population. Drones produced by imported queens will mate with new queens in the area, perpetuating our randomly mixed stock. The net result is an unstable genetic mix, often with undesirable qualities. This makes selection and improvement of our bees slow and difficult, as hybrids do not breed true, producing […]

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 […]

Sustainability – Bees and Queens for Everyone using low-cost, simple methods

[…]raise queens? Addressing 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. Producing bees and queens in teaching apiaries.  Queen rearing as […]
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Sustainable Bees & Queens

[…]raise queens? Addressing 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 […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens : Midlands

[…]raise queens? Addressing 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 […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens : East Anglia

[…]raise queens? Addressing 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 […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South West

[…]raise queens? Addressing 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 […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South East

[…]raise queens? Addressing 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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