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2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]their own bee stocks. Who is it for? This course is aimed at beekeepers who:- currently manage several colonies know the “basics” of beekeeping, i.e. the life cycles, swarming procedure of a colony, disease recognition, etc, are able to recognise eggs and young larvae, can handle bees reasonably well What equipment is needed? All clothing and equipment that is brought […]

Black Bee Reserve

[…]Plymouth University spoke of current research by her Department of Molecular Sciences into local adaptation in UK populations of the black honey bee. The academic research draws on the bees from Mount Edgcumbe as well as from other sites including The Eden Project and Paignton Zoo.  Lord Teverson (currently serving on the EU Energy and Environment Committee) told us of […]

Bee Improvement for All – Portishead

Date:- Saturday 27 January 2018 Time:- 9.00 for 9.30-4.30 approx. Venue:- The Folk Hall, 95 High Street, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6PR Cost:- £10 per head adult. £5 per head for under 18, who must be accompanied by a fee paying adult. Refreshments included. Bring your own lunch. Bookings and Enquiries: Bookings must be made using the following link (no payments […]

Lancashire Black Bee Project

[…]in 2015 and is being delivered through “The Bee Centre”. We currently run 12 breeding apiaries across Lancashire with a further two in North Wales. We have now established a BIBBA group to help promote and support the goals of the Association alongside the wider remit of The Bee Centre. The goals of our work in Lancashire include:- To develop […]

Test Valley Black Bee Project – SO20

[…]the qualities of the existing surrounding bee population. Our aim is to work towards locally adapted colonies focusing on the reintroduction and proliferation of the native black bee. Contact: Nicola Crosswaite 07905929114 […]

Bee Improvement for All – Devon

[…]there have been over 40 of these popular events since 2014, many of which have reached venue capacity. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope we can reschedule it for another time. You may wish to attend a free apiary visit in the […]

Mount Edgcumbe Cornish Bee Group – PL10

[…]the group’s membership with beekeepers from both the Cornish and Devon sides of the lower River Tamar. Our aim as a BIBBA group is to foster interest in the native honey bee and to help beekeepers to improve their own stock using Amm characteristics as a guide. contact Kathy […]

Hazelbeach Black Bee Breeding Group – SA73

The group works in South West Pembrokeshire to breed and conserve a strain of the local black bee. An ultimate aim would be to influence the conservation of the black bee widely in the Pembrokeshire peninsula. contact Mel […]

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

[…]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. The first thing for a new beekeeper to understand is that honey bee mating biology is very different from that of […]
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A Proposal for a National Honey Bee Improvement Programme

[…]of this risk. There is also growing concern about the loss, through introgression, of locally adapted strains of honey bee due to the continuous introduction of honey bees that may not be accustomed to our climate and conditions. The Rural Network for Sustainable Bee Breeding (RNSBB) (the taskforce within COLOSS for breeding and conservation) https://www.beebreeding.net/ states, ‘We believe that the […]
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National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP)

[…]that alternative. The National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) aims to make an alternative available as well as a reason for making that choice. The Coloss Group’s experiment examining the survival qualities of imported bees as compared to local bees, around Europe, reported in the Journal of Apicultural Research, (2014, Volume 53 Issue 2) highlighted the benefits of using local bees […]

Bee Improvement Days 2021

[…]bees, with emphasis on suitability to the environment, docility, calmness on the comb, ease of management, good use of stores, etc. The improvement of bees is an important and interesting part of beekeeping. The suitability of bees to the environment and their temper are issues that concern the caring beekeeper, but are not often taught. This course will cover many […]

Bee Improvement Strategies

[…]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. Kevin […]

The Native Irish Honey Bee

[…]all beekeepers who keep Amm bees or who want to know more. It covers all the essentials: What is a native Irish honey bee? Consideration of honey bee genetics (which will become an increasingly important issue in the 2020s as our knowledge of honey bee genetics increases), conservation, bee improvement and queen rearing, and a review of the past, present, […]