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How I select my ‘Breeder Queens’

[…]queens. I do this by looking at the current condition of the colony as well as looking at the record of past performance. An inspection, usually in April, will provide a lot of useful information. As soon as the crown board is removed an idea of the temper of the colony can be gauged. If the colony is not disturbed […]

NatBIP News No2

[…]as it is ‘locally adapted’. The Record Card You, or a beekeeper near you, may already have a record card for recording the qualities of the bees. If not, by all means design your own system, or look at what is offered in Section 4.1 of the NatBIP GUIDE at This can be used as it is, or modified, […]

Bucks Berks & Oxon Bee Improvement (BBOBI ) – RG9

[…]therefore proposed to give away marked virgin queens during 2019 to anyone prepared to monitor and record their progress over 2 years and to record their results on a group app called Hivelog. Any beekeepers with queens demonstrating good temperament would be asked to add a frame of drone comb in year two and may also be asked to provide […]
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NatBIP – May 2020

[…]modified, updated and added to in the light of experience gained. It will cover such things as the record card and record-keeping, selecting breeder queens, queen rearing techniques, working in groups/Group Handbook, dominating an area with the selected strain/establishing a strain, selection of local stock/refining the native strain, and availability and distribution of surplus queens from other beekeepers. In the […]

Conserving black bees

[…]In 1945, Eva Crane, Direc­tor of the International Bee Research Association in the U.K., recorded in her diary a visit to Colonsay and Oronsay and her interest in find­ing Black Bees on the islands, which were resistant to acarine mites (Acara­pis woodi).3 It is clear that there were many “survivor stocks” from the aca­rine epidemic that had swept across the […]

Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

[…]been a mixture of collaboration, communication, generous sharing from others and keeping a simple record for each queen coming into my care. I was gutted at the beginning of this year contemplating the lack of options with my bees. Now I’m really excited about next year. In the meantime, I’m building more nuc […]
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