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[…]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 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 to […]
Read more » Breeding Techniques and Selection for Breeding of the Honeybee – Ruttner – download pdf

Breeding Techniques and Selection for Breeding of the Honeybee – Ruttner – download pdf

Members can download a copy of this book for their personal use. This electronic download is ONLY available to current BIBBA members. It is strictly copyright protected against any distribution, loaning, display, broadcasting, selling or copying. By downloading this file, you agree to these terms and […]
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Bucks Berks & Oxon Bee Improvement (BBOBI ) – RG9

[…]by Reg Hook, a founding member of SCBKA and a tutor at Berks College of Agriculture. Reg has been breeding near native dark bees for over 20 years and has distributed stock to both members of Reading and Wokingham BKA while teaching at BCA, so it makes sense to continue his work in the local area. Free Virgin Queens Due […]
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I Want Bees

[…]Linnaeus 1758 is a subspecies and northern geographical race of Apis mellifera, the western honeybee. It may be subdivided into many local ecotypes. Its various vernacular names include:“Dark European Honeybee” (English),“L’abeille noire” (French),“Die dunkle Biene” (German) and“Det mörka Nordiska Biet” (Swedish) Apis mellifera mellifera is distinguished from other subspecies of the honey bee by:a) Morphological characters, including colour, size, wing […]

A Proposal for a National Honey Bee Improvement Programme

[…]and propagated the best local bees, a good reason could then be made for not using imported bees. Beekeepers would benefit in two ways, that is, in a reduction in the biosecurity risks associated with imports, and through the opportunity of supporting and participating in a project that could deliver a better-quality bee. Taking part in a scheme to sustainably […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

[…]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 mammals and breeding “pedigree” queens is hard when in nature they fly 3+ miles to mate with up to 35 males from random hives (sources differ […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part two

[…]this wouldn’t work there are many examples of where this has been done and after many years the bees have been found to be 70-99% pure AMM (you do need to be able to tell the difference between AMM and Carniolan queens though). Propagating queens You can start to introduce more propagation methods too – different methods of transferring larvae, […]
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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 […]

Bees for Sale

[…]Queens for Everyone” roadshow. Two 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 […]

Test Valley Black Bee Project – SO20

[…]to the conservation and reintroduction of the native black bee. We are a friendly team of bee keepers working together to improve 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 […]