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BIBBA CIO there are currently no reports for the CIO Archive of BIBBA (unincorporated charity) AGM 2022 BIBBA 2021 Trustees Report BIBBA 2021 Accounts AGM 2021 BIBBA 2020 Trustees Report BIBBA 2020 Accounts AGM 2020 (postponed) BIBBA Trustees Report and Accounts for 2019 AGM 2019 BIBBA 2018 trustees report BIBBA 2018 final accounts AGM 2018 BIBBA Report and Accounts to […]

NatBIP News No3

[…]the bees’ reaction. If the feed holes on the crown board are covered, uncover them to view the bees. The bees should be calm and not worried by the intrusion so far. If they are taking to the air and possibly pinging off the veil it is a bad sign, and you will be thinking more towards a score of […]

NatBIP News No2

[…]working within a Group, due to achieving greater influence, unless you happen to be a large-scale beekeeper whose bees can dominate your area. You may be lucky enough to be near a larger scale beekeeper who is sympathetic to the NatBIP project. This could have big advantages, particularly when it comes to the mating of newly reared queens. If you […]

Liz Childerley

[…]I witnessed BIBBA moving through a very exciting chapter in its history.  Never before have beekeepers in such numbers been so receptive to the solutions for sustainable beekeeping that BIBBA offers. I’m delighted also that the National Bee Improvement Programme has been welcomed so heartily by beekeepers and with a near 50% increase in our membership during 2020 there is […]

Salisbury and District BKA

  A group formed to encourage and support local beekeepers keep locally-adapted bees with locally raised, open-mated queens of local heritage.   Please Contact: Matthew […]

BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens

[…]supports the prosperity and wellbeing of all our current populations of bees, including honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees as well as other pollinators, Imported honey bees pose a considerable risk each year to our present populations in many different ways. This ever-growing practice is not sustainable. It is most likely that the seriously damaging invasive pests and pathogens we […]
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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 […]

NatBIP News No1

[…]of individuals or groups as different approaches are inevitable. The particular qualities of the bees will vary in importance for different beekeepers and some may wish to alter the card for this reason. The important thing is that it is quick and easy to use and that it produces useful information that shows the variation between colonies. When working in […]

Section 8.1 – Dominating an Area with the Selected Strain

[…]any improvements we may have gained through our efforts to establish our selected strain. We have been monitoring our colonies and keeping accurate records to enable us to see at a glance our progress (see using NatBIP record card). We can then select and cull the queens that we consider don’t display the chosen traits and replace them with ones […]
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Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]the apiary and between apiaries. The best queens are produced by strong colonies of well-fed bees. The nurse bees are able to produce copious amounts of royal jelly and thus feed the queen larvae adequately. Rearing from poor weak colonies without adequate feeding will result in inferior queens. Queens can possibly be reared from mid-April to mid-September in many areas, […]

Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

[…]adjusted or changed according to your own preference. Download here. Instructions Top table Box Beekeeper/Group: Name of beeper and/or Group or Association Queen or Colony Origin: Source or origin of Queen and/or Colony Name or No. of Strain: Queen Name or No.: Name/no. if breeder Queen Mark/Age: Letter for year colour. Circled if marked Queen description: Colour, stripes, clipped? Apiary […]
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Section 3.1 – The Selection of Local Stock

[…]in the following text. 1. Native appearance Most of us will be starting with randomly hybridised bees, that is bees that are a mixture of various sub-species. This is the result of over 150 years of importing bees that originated in different climatic zones around Europe. Some people view importing bees as a positive, citing genetic diversity, docility and prolificacy […]

Section 2.1 – How NatBIP will work

[…]or local associations, often with useful facilities such as a ‘group apiary’. Commercial beekeepers or bee farmers will be especially welcome as they often exert a big influence in an area due to the number of colonies that they run. The Improvement Process Put simply, the improvement process is about increasing the frequency of favourable genes in a population and […]

NatBIP Guide

[…]information and feedback from participants according to their experiences in improving their bees. Beekeepers may wish to refer to relevant sections of the Guide online or print out all or part of the Guide as appropriate. This can provide a hard copy of the document which can be stored in an A4 binder. Individual sections can be reprinted as necessary […]

National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP)

[…]Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), with the twin aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands,* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward […]

Section 1.1- Introduction

[…]find common ground and begin to select and improve their local bees. For over 150 years we have been importing bees of other sub-species, often with the aim of obtaining better quality bees. At best, this has only resulted in short-term relief, perhaps with more docile bees but, unfortunately the good qualities cannot be maintained, and it is not long […]

Section 1.2 – Aims, Imports & Bee Breeding

[…]support of beekeepers aiming to develop Varroa resilient bees The Problem with Imports Imports of bees have been growing, year on year, and, although currently at record levels, at best, only produce a short-term respite, in terms of quality. In the long-term no consistent improvement in the quality of our bees is achieved, and the system relies on further imports […]

Section 1.4 – The Agreement

[…]use of imported bees, or the offspring of recently imported bees. The focus will be on: native bees near-native bees long-established local bees in an area This will allow any beekeeper, whatever their circumstances, to avoid the use of imported stock and take part in improving the honey bees in their […]

Section 1.3 – Participation

[…]use of imported bees, or the offspring of recently imported bees. The focus will be on: native bees near-native bees long-established local bees in an area This will allow any beekeeper, whatever their circumstances, to avoid the use of imported stock and take part in improving the honey bees in their […]

Using a Smoker

[…]leaves, etc, etc. It is permanently in my car, so I have it if needed. I always take it to the bees, but I’m in a rural area, so unless it has been raining there is always fuel available. Keep matches or other method of lighting with you, but in emergency I have used a magnifying glass on a sunny […]

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BIBBA Associated Organisations

[…]either live or as recordings. BIBBA is a national charity concerned with improving standards of bees and beekeepers. We feel we can best do this in collaboration with existing organisations. We have therefore formed a category of “BIBBA Associated Organisations”, that will help two way communication between organisers. By becoming a “BIBBA Associated Organisation” you can enjoy the benefits listed […]

Webinars – Summary

Recordings of the majority of webinars are available on our YouTube Channel Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our future programme. This is a listing of the Spring 2021 programme, with links to the […]

BIBBA Monthly – December 2020

[…]amount of time at home during 2020. It has given me a chance to think about how to improve my bees and beekeeping and to decide what equipment I prefer to use and which can be let go. The NatBIP message is still spreading amongst beekeepers and the BIBBA and other webinars offer some golden tips to try next year. […]

Selwyn Runnett

[…]the importance of honey bees as part of the wider eco-system and their role as pollinators. He has been keeping bees actively for 12 years and became a part-time commercial beekeeper three years ago committed to methods of sustainable commercial beekeeping. He currently runs about 60 hives with plans to increase up to 150. He is a Member of his […]

Richard Senior

[…]Association- combining his love of bees with his love for teaching.  Richard started his beekeeping journey with a nuc of bees in 2006 after a 6-week local association beginners’ course and over the years has gradually expanded to 50 colonies. Proud to be the current chairman of Barnsley Beekeepers Association, Richard is a strong believer in locally produced bees and queens […]

Brian Holdcroft

[…]Local Museum and Art Gallery where he discovered an observation hive. The memories of seeing the bee activity in this hive still loom large with him today.He has a particular interest in the historical relationship that we have with the honey bee and much of his work as an artist references these connections. contact Brian at […]

Adam Tofilski Webinars

[…]mellifera mellifera, which is nowadays endangered by extinction because of imports of non-native bees by beekeepers. The native bees deserve to be protected because they are better adapted to local climate and survive better. The simplest method of protection is not buying any imported queens. It would be even more effective to identify local bees and requeen non-native colonies with […]


[…]to use  “advice”, “information” or methods that may not be the best suited for their bees or conditions. To help beekeepers, below is a list of videos with good, sound, reliable content that have been selected by experienced beekeepers. We recommend them as being suitable for our conditions in the British Islands and Ireland. It is not exhaustive by any […]