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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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