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BIM 36 – Summer 2011

Update on Morphometry – Peter Edwards Beekeeping in Orkney – Jannine 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 BIBBA Trustees

BIM 35 – Winter 2010-11

Queen breeding – Bill Cadmore Genetic findings – 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…

BIM 34 – Spring 2010

BIBBA Handbook – 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…

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

From the President – Jo Widdicombe Trials and Tribulations – Frank Hilton Are you a Natural Beekeeper? – Brian Dennis Natural Beekeeping – Philip Denwood Racial Profiling of Mongrels – Paul Honigmann Bee Improvement and QR – R Patterson History of Manx beekeeping – Cilla Platt Making Increase – Brian Dennis Locally Adapted Bees – Wally Shaw Bee Races in…

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

Rearing your own queens is a cost effective way to ensure the continuity of your hives, grow your stock  and improve the quality and temperament of your bees. This practical, 2 day workshop covers a range the topics and techniques to suit the “ordinary” beekeeper. It includes a large practical element that is easy to understand and apply without the…

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

Rearing your own queens is a cost effective way to ensure the continuity of your hives, grow your stock  and improve the quality and temperament of your bees. This practical, 2 day workshop covers a range the topics and techniques to suit the “ordinary” beekeeper. It includes a large practical element that is easy to understand and apply without the…

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,

BIBBA Conference 2018

the conference in September offers a wide spectrum of topics; view the programme, with details of speakers and topics; BOOKING NOW OPEN

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

BIM 50 – Winter 2017

From the President – Jo Widdicombe 54 AGM Notice 14th April, Harper Adams B4 Press Release Mount Edgcumbe – Mark Edwards BIBBA Conference – Roger Patterson More Queen Rearing Myths – Roger Patterson Winter Losses – Beowulf Cooper SICAMM Conference – Philip Denwood Locally Adapted Bees – Dorian Pritchard Queen Assessment – Dorian Pritchard How not to Rear Queens –…

Wight Bee Improvement 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

BIM 26 – Winter 2006

BIBBA Conference 2006 - Sandra Unwin Breeding honeybees on a small 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

BIM 30 – Winter 2008

Why the native bee is the best bee for the British climate. John E. Dews Discoidal shift. John E. Dews My approach to bee improvement. Roger Patterson Is the Dark Bee really native to Britain and Ireland? Dorian Pritchard The Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations (FIBKA) and BBKA examination systems Breeding Groups Secretary. Jo Widdicombe The one that nearly got…

BIM 29 – Summer 2008

"The Dark Bee In Russia", Moscow, 2008 Dorian Pritchard SICAMM 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…

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

Breeding honeybees on a small scale, Part 2 - Dorian Pritchard Isle of Wight Disease in Ireland - Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda Stratford-upon-Avon & District BKA Bee Improvement Group - Peter Edwards Project Discover - Mervyn Eddie Techniques for Queen rearing & Introduction - Albert Knight

Albert Knight

an appreciation of one of BIBBA's stalwarts, by Brian P. Dennis and Roger Patterson.

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

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared queens…
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Sustainable Bees & Queens

For Everyone using low-cost, simple methods: There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate.

Sustainable Bees & Queens : Midlands

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared…

Sustainable Bees & Queens : East Anglia

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared…

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South West

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared…

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South East

There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority of beekeepers prefer home-reared…

Downloads

Files And Applications Associated With Bee Improvement, Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding These downloadable 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…

What does BIBBA Offer?

What does BIBBA Offer?   Encouragement to form breeding groups to improve and propagate native and near native queens. Help for beekeepers to improve their bees so they suit their environment, are productive, healthy and gentle to handle. Encouragement to raise queens from local stock. Provision of relevant information and methods. Demonstrations and workshops on practical subjects, such as colony…

Beekeepers come swarming to the Sustainability days

BIBBA hosted nine events across the country (presented by Roger Patterson) called “Sustainability – Bees and Queens for Everybody using low cost, simple techniques". Over 1,300 beekeepers at all stages of their beekeeping careers attended the sellout event. The day’s presentation was created by Roger after a Defra survey last year where 4,763 beekeepers fed back to a range of…
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Strategy

Strategy Statement BIBBA supports and promotes the sustainable conservation, restoration, study, selection, and improvement of honey bees that are native to the British Isles and Ireland (often referred to as the European Dark Bee or Apis mellifera mellifera). It supports: The restoration, study, selection and improvement of both the native honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) and the near-native honey bee;…

NatBIP News No2

Signs of increase It seems we really are on to something with NatBIP - since its launch we now have over 3000 supporters. In addition, BIBBA has increased its membership by nearly fifty percent in the last 12 months. The feedback we have received from supporters and members has been amazing and we are so encouraged by your stories. One…

East of England Bee Improvement Groups

An opportunity to meet beekeepers from around the region to discuss Bee Improvement and queen rearing.Presentations on: Starting and Organising a Bee Improvement Group - Equipment needed, raising finance, running a group. Selecting Stock for propagation - natural and beekeeper selection. The importance of Drones - selecting and positioning. Starter colonies, set up and maintenance Support colonies - you need…

Lester Wickham

Lester passed away in February 2020. He joined BIBBA in 1975 and took an active role including 11 years as treasurer.

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

A key question any individual or group should consider is what method should I/we follow to Improve our bees and to produce queens. There are a few key choices depending on your aims, capacity (time and equipment) and capabilities. I’m assuming the reader is looking for a bee that is native and/or locally adapted.
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A Proposal for a National Honey Bee Improvement Programme

Proposal by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) to:(1) reduce the level of honey bee imports into the UK, and(2) to improve the quality of our honey bees Introduction The National Pollinator Strategy (The National Pollinator Strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England, November 2014) highlights the importance of insect pollinators in our environment and in our…
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BBOBI Group – April 2020 Newsletter

We managed to raise over 200 virgin queens last year, all from local stock and distribute them to 67 BBOBI members for mating from early May until mid July. We would like improve our efficiency this year, we tried may ideas. Some worked really well, (grafting from our own stock), some things wasted time, (travelling to others hive to try…

Membership Application

What does BIBBA Offer? Encouragement to form breeding groups to improve and propagate native and near native queens.Help for beekeepers to improve their bees so they suit their environment, are productive, healthy and gentle to handle.Encouragement to raise queens from local stock.Provision of relevant information and methods.Demonstrations and workshops on practical subjects, such as colony assessment and queen rearing.Publications and…

BIM Index Issues 1-25

Bee Improvement Magazine: subject index. Issues 1-25 to search the index type Ctrl+f (Cmd+f on Mac) to open search box Africa Beekman, Dr. Madeleine "The Cape invaders." 9, 12 Allergies Tarzi, Dr. M. D. "Allergy to hymenoptera venom." 9, 8 Apis mellifera mellifera Burry, Harris "Conserving biodiversity in the dark European honey bee." 2, 8 Crudgington, Dr. H.G. "Hygienic behaviour…

BIBBA Monthly – August 2020

Webinars – Season Two Varroa – is the end nigh? NatBIP – selecting within a strain End Of Season Use For Your Mininuc Bees and Frames

NatBIP – May 2020

BIBBA’s Proposal for a National Bee Improvement Programme In January BIBBA published a document outlining its proposal for a national bee improvement programme. This document is available to be viewed on the BIBBA website. It was written with a view to informing other beekeeping associations of our plans and inviting them to contribute to the finer details of the programme.…

Nucs

THE PURPOSE(S) OF YOUR NUC(S) This month’s main article is a chapter from an upcoming book, The Nuc – An Essential part of your Sustainable beekeeping Plan… Bees live a very purposeful life, often drawing comb, storing food etc. for future generations of bees. Similarly, we should do our beekeeping on purpose.  So, what is making you raise one or…

Webinars – Season Two

List of PresentationsTuesday 18th August 7:30pm - Roger Patterson - “Dead Bees Don't Buzz - Surviving the Winter "Tuesday 25th August 7:30pm - Lynfa Davies - “The Mystery of Mating”Tuesday 1st September 7:30pm - Roger Patterson - “Challenge what you are told……….”Tuesday 8th September 7:30pm - Peter Jenkins - "The KISS Approach"

News for non-members – August 2020

BIBBA News for Non-Members - August 2020 Welcome to the August News. I’ve been increasing my bee stocks this year. Some increase has been via queen rearing from my own stock, some as a very kind donation from a local BIBBA group member and some via posted mated and virgin queens from other parts of the country as part of…

Queens – an example of collaboration between beekeepers, by Roger Patterson

For myself and my local association, Wisborough Green BKA (WGBKA) in West Sussex, where I am Apiary Manager, I usually produce at least 100 queens per year. This is mainly to replace poorer queens in honey producing colonies, provide queens to head nucs for new beekeepers and for members who need queens for a variety of reasons. We try to…
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Conserving black bees

CONSERVING BLACK BEES (Apis mellifera mellifera) in the Hebrides, Scotland by ANDREW ABRAHAMS, via the American Bee Journal Readers might ask, why on earth spend much of a lifetime con­serving what most beekeepers perceive as an aggressive, unproduc­tive race of honey bee — a race per­haps left behind by history? I was fortunate, often by chance rather than grand design,…

Cupkit, Fakes and Annoyance

Cupkit, Fakes and Annoyance "Cupkit” is a name that is used in the U.K. and Ireland for a cell plug queen rearing system that is designed and manufactured by Nicot in France.  Elsewhere in the world it is called “Cupularve”.  As a system I like it, but I think you need to be raising a reasonable number of queens to…

Webinars – Summary

Recordings of the majority of webinars are also available on our YouTube Channel Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our future programme. JUST STARTING 🎥 Roger Patterson - "Beekeeping: What's it all about?" This is a 1 hour presentation that gives the absolute basic information to help potential beekeepers decide if they should go…