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Bee Improvement for All: Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden BKA with the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) are organising a ‘Bee Improvement for All’  day with Roger Patterson: A one day event packed with sound information to help all beekeepers improve their bees. The presentation will concentrate on encouraging beekeepers to raise their own queens to produce docile colonies that are productive, healthy and best […]

Bee Breeding and Queen Rearing Courses UK

[column-half-1] Teaching Events There are three types of BIBBA event to help and encourage beekeepers to raise their own queens from locally adapted colonies, rather than to use imported queens that may not suit their environment, or run the risk of importing pests and diseases. BIBBA Open Days Bee Improvement For All (BIFA) days One and two day Bee Improvement […]

Bee Improvement For All: West Sussex

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Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins has kept bees since the age of 14, a period of over 50 years. He now keeps around 40 colonies of near native bees in and around the marginal areas of Cardiganshire. Spending most of his working life as a Chartered Engineer working around the world on marine and naval projects has meant that, for many years, he […]

SICAMM Conference 2018

Finnish Beekeepers’ Association is happy to invite you to the SICAMM conference in Mustiala, Finland, 12th-15th July 2018 Per Thunman, Dorian Pritchard and Philip Denwood had an excellent meeting in Finland with Finnish colleagues. They stayed in the proposed conference centre and agreed the provisional programme which  can be seen on www.mehilaishoitajat.fi/sicamm-2018. This will be updated as soon as there […]

Breeding for resistance to Varroa destructor in Europe

Abstract – The rich variety of native honeybee subspecies and ecotypes in Europe o?ers a good genetic resource for selection towards Varroa resistance. There are some examples of mite resistance that have developed as a consequence of natural selection in wild and managed European populations. However, most colonies are in?uenced by selective breeding and are intensively managed, including the regular […]
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Bee Improvement for All – Edinburgh

Roger Patterson of BIBBA presenting:To encourage ordinary (that’s most of us!) amateur beekeepers to assess their colonies with a view to improving their bees using criteria they set themselves, which we hope will include improved temper and suitability to the locality. Simple recording will give information on which colonies to cull and which to breed from. There is encouragement to […]

BIM 45 – Spring 2015

From the Chair – Kevin Lincoln Good bees mean producing your own improved stocks, not the exotic imports that wonder where they have ended up … Looking for the best bees – M. Meixner & R Bu?chler An experiment about interactions between origin and environment of honey bee strains. Introduction of exotic bees – Brian Dennis The movement of food, […]

BIBBA Conference 2018

[…]travel there will be the opportunity to arrive on Thursday 6th Sept, with an evening lecture. The organisers want the conference to be a celebration of beekeeping at its best. Throughout the main three days there will be three streams of presentations to choose from. For identification purposes they are “Room 1, 2 & 3”:- Bee breeding, bee improvement, queen […]

Course Feedback

[…]and of confidence to practise the skills acquired. Considerable thanks are due to BIBBA for organising the courses, to Roger and Steve for their presentation and ready willingness to share their knowledge and to Mrs Lynn Rose for her generous hospitality and welcome. David Spalding FEEDBACK form the West Sussex course 2017 course […]

BIM 32 – Autumn 2009

The Harding Hive Debris Floor – John Harding I wanted as much of the debris to fall out free of the hive, specifically varroa, and show my design for a slatted floor Three fertile queens in one colony – Roger Patterson Follow up of the three queens that came through the 2008/9 winter Variation in susceptibility to bee diseases among […]

BIBBA Events Terms & Conditions

[…]be asked to leave the event for the duration, with no refund. 4.    BIBBA Conference and Event organisers reserve the right to change the conference speakers and titles. 5.    Catering at events may be contracted out and covered by the contactors insurance policy. 6.    Confirmation of booking All bookings will be confirmed via the successful PayPal or Eventbrite receipt email […]

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 BIBBA Conference report. Breeding Groups Secretary. Jo Widdicombe The one […]

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 […]

Albert Knight

An appreciation by Brian P. Dennis: Albert Knight first became involved in BIBBA in the winter of 1977 when Adrian Waring was running a beekeeping course at Broomfield College, Derbyshire.   He joined BIBBA in 1978 and took over from Adrian as secretary in 1979, and remained in this role for many years.   He became the voice of BIBBA and was […]

Bees for Sale

[…]Frame Nucs Contact a Local BIBBA Group: We have a number of Bee Improvement Groups around the UK. Often these groups have surplus bees and queens. Click here to find your nearest group. Members wishing to sell bees can put a notice on the website. You must be logged in, then click […]

The Eden Project’s 2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping

[…]overview. Please address any questions you want addressing on genetics to .uk Victoria Buswell:- University of Plymouth Local adaptation in dark European honey bees: preliminary results and a request for help. Norman Carreck:- Sussex University Using whole genome sequencing to analyse the genetic diversity of the UK honey bee population. HONEY BEE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING Dr Mark Barnett, Edinburgh […]
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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. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows […]

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 – 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 […]

Appetitive floral odours prevent aggression in honeybees

Honeybees defend their colonies aggressively against intruders and release a potent alarm pheromone to recruit nestmates into defensive tasks. The effect of floral odours on this behaviour has never been studied, despite the relevance of these olfactory cues for the biology of bees. Here we use a novel assay to investigate social and olfactory cues that drive defensive behaviour in […]
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A Proposal for a National Honey Bee Improvement Programme

[…]partly due to more favourable weather conditions, but also perhaps due to a lack of initiative by UK Government and beekeeping organizations. DEFRA formed a committee in 2018, known as the “Queen Rearing Working Group”, with representatives of various beekeeping organisations in England, to investigate the possibilities of increasing home queen production in order to reduce the demand for imported […]
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Paypal UK Members

renewal each year on 1st January Ordinary membershipone person £25 Full Name Telephone number Joint membershiptwo people at same address £35 Full Name Telephone […]

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 […]

PayPal – Rest of World

BIBBA communications are now online; we aim to produce occassional printed material. the overseas rate has been reduced to £20 membership is valid until 1st January next after completing your payment please go […]

Webinar – Season Three

The recordings for all our Season Three Webinars are on our Youtube Channel. Below is the play list (use the button that says 1/9 in the top right corner of the video […]

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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Alla Neal

Treasurer Alla started beekeeping in 2014 and together with her husband manages 12-15 colonies on multiple sites. She does not import bees and has been a BIBBA member since 2015. She has passed BBKA General Husbandry assessment in 2019 and hopes to become a Master Beekeeper and a Honey Show judge one day. Alla is a Chartered Accountant and is/was […]

Videos

Introduction There are many beekeeping videos online, but as with books, there are a large number that are poor quality, inappropriate for our conditions or give poor advice. There seems to be an urge by beginners to make a video about their new hobby and display it for the world to see, when they may lack adequate knowledge or experience. […]

Richard Senior

[…]Law with Information Technology before working in Austria, post graduation. After returning to the UK, Richard qualified as a primary school teacher and worked as an Assistant Headteacher in Catholic, Primary Education. Since 2019, Richard has been working as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator as well as being a member of the Bee Farmers’ Association- combining his love of bees […]

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 […]

Webinar Programme

Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our future programme. Recordings of the majority of webinars are also available on our YouTube […]

Webinars on YouTube

OUR SPRING WEBINAR PROGRAMME HAS NOW FINISHED Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our exciting, upcoming programme. Recordings of the majority of our spring webinars are available below and on our YouTube […]

Colony Increase – The Roger Patterson Method

[…]used the whole method or parts successfully for over 40 years. Although it has been used in the UK, there is no reason why it can’t be successfully implemented throughout the world. It is suitable for all beekeepers, whether small scale where selective parts of this book can be used, or by larger sale where the full method is more […]
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NatBIP Guide

About this Guide This Guide is intended to be under constant review and will be added to, updated and amended in the light of the latest 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 […]

Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

Colony Record Card – NatBIP 1 How to use This card is designed to be a multipurpose card that can be used for normal hive management as well as for bee improvement in one apiary, multiple apiaries, or in a bee improvement group. The data collected on each card is for one colony. The summaries at the end of the […]
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NatBIP News No3

[…]NatBIP News edition together, we are forecast near-Mediterranean weather across most parts of the UK, and more importantly for beekeepers, quite a sustained period of warmth over several days.  Perhaps these are the right conditions to finally get inside the hive and take a look at what’s been happening during the winter. One of my 2021 beekeeping objectives is to […]

NatBIP News No5

NatBIP News No5 The 2021 Season Many areas have had a difficult start to the season, through April and May. In Cornwall, where I am, the Spring season is usually good for bees, with plenty of nectar and pollen available. This season was quite different being cold and dry through April to the point of there being almost no nectar […]