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Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

[…]Beekeepers was founded in June 2016 by a small group of beekeepers who wanted to engage in more bee-centric rather than beekeeper-centric approaches to beekeeping, and adopt a focus on improving the environment for bees rather than producing honey. These approaches included: only inspecting colonies three or four times a year unless really necessary letting the bees swarm naturally and […]

Silent Earth

[…]the agenda of debate relating to pollinators in the 2020s. This a key debate with which all beekeepers and beekeeping organisations will need to engage. BIBBA certainly intends to be at the centre of this debate. If you have not already seen it, it is well worthwhile reading Dave Goulson’s recent interview with Sarah Wyndham Lewis (of Bermondsey Street Bees) […]

LVCB Breeding Group-LA1

[…]in 2016, Lune Valley Community Beekeepers promotes a responsible, alternative, low intervention, bee-centric approach to beekeeping. With a Club apiary in Lancaster our main area of operation is the lower Lune Valley and the surrounding areas. We have just set up a breeding apiary with the objectives of providing a source of healthy, dark, docile bees, well suited to our […]

NatBIP News No 7

[…]that we are part of a movement that is taking steps to a sustainable future, that aims to improve beekeeping and leave our bees in a better condition than we found them. Enjoy the winter break and make positive plans for next […]

Colony Increase – The Roger Patterson Method

[…]The author has 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 […]
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NatBIP News No6

[…]through natural selection. This is why BIBBA puts emphasis on the native strain of honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera. Beekeepers can argue about the relative merits of different strains and sub-species but ultimately, for bee improvement, we need to go down the easiest route. If beekeepers could all agree, we could try to impose an exotic strain on to our […]

BIBBA Monthly – June 2021

[…]colonies per year in favourable conditions. This is an excellent method for sustainably producing bees to supply new beekeepers and for providing an income stream for commercial beekeepers. Several queens can also be mated in the nucs during the summer, so adding value. Producing bees and queens locally avoids the use of imports that are a concern to many beekeepers, […]

NatBIP News No5

[…]us to select and improve from this population. As beekeepers, we sometimes ask a lot of our bees, but bee improvement offers us the chance to develop bees that are good survivors as well as offering the qualities that the beekeeper wants or needs. Queen rearing and drones Photo by Roger Patterson It is worth remembering that all the queens […]

Live @ the Hive

We have been beset by technical problems but hope to return later in the year. Over the summer, BIBBA is broadcasting a series of live, unscripted apiary demonstrations. These will be live streamed on YouTube for members to watch. Recordings will be available later for anyone to watch. “Live @ the Hive” features Roger Patterson bringing you live sessions direct […]

Webinars on YouTube

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NatBIP News No4

[…]Unfortunately, this has been going on for a long time, and the result is destabilisation of our bee population. We have a bee population in which the development of local adaptation is constantly undermined by the introduction of new untested genes. The development of a locally adapted bee is a goal worth aiming for and accepting that we have to […]

West Linton BKA-EH46

Midlothian group helping local beekeepers and novices start beekeeping and bee improvement. Our intention is to lend a colony bees to each new beekeeper that joins us, from which they can, with our assistance, breed new colonies both for themselves and to repay their debt. For further information please contact: […]

East Midlands 1998

[…]sake of change, or to be panicked into making changes when things go wrong. This last season has been disappointing largely because it has been such a wet season, as the weather records that have been broken clearly indicate. What we have learnt though, in this wet season, is that in such conditions we need to modify our techniques to […]

Reports and Accounts

AGM 2022 BIBBA 2021 Trustees Report BIBBA 2021 Accounts AGM 2021 BIBBA 2020 Trustees Report BIBBA 2020 Accounts AGM 2020 (postponed) BIBBA Trustees Report and Accounts for 2019 AGM 2019 BIBBA 2018 trustees report BIBBA 2018 final accounts AGM 2018 BIBBA Report and Accounts to AGM 2018 AGM 2017 BIBBA Trustees’ Report to AGM 2017 BIBBA Accounts- to AGM 2017 […]

NatBIP News No3

[…]the bees’ reaction. If the feed holes on the crown board are covered, uncover them to view the bees. The bees should be calm and not worried by the intrusion so far. If they are taking to the air and possibly pinging off the veil it is a bad sign, and you will be thinking more towards a score of […]

NatBIP News No2

[…]working within a Group, due to achieving greater influence, unless you happen to be a large-scale beekeeper whose bees can dominate your area. You may be lucky enough to be near a larger scale beekeeper who is sympathetic to the NatBIP project. This could have big advantages, particularly when it comes to the mating of newly reared queens. If you […]

Liz Childerley

[…]I witnessed BIBBA moving through a very exciting chapter in its history.  Never before have beekeepers in such numbers been so receptive to the solutions for sustainable beekeeping that BIBBA offers. I’m delighted also that the National Bee Improvement Programme has been welcomed so heartily by beekeepers and with a near 50% increase in our membership during 2020 there is […]

Salisbury and District BKA

  A group formed to encourage and support local beekeepers keep locally-adapted bees with locally raised, open-mated queens of local heritage.   Please Contact: Matthew […]

NatBIP News No1

[…]of individuals or groups as different approaches are inevitable. The particular qualities of the bees will vary in importance for different beekeepers and some may wish to alter the card for this reason. The important thing is that it is quick and easy to use and that it produces useful information that shows the variation between colonies. When working in […]

Section 8.1 – Dominating an Area with the Selected Strain

[…]any improvements we may have gained through our efforts to establish our selected strain. We have been monitoring our colonies and keeping accurate records to enable us to see at a glance our progress (see using NatBIP record card). We can then select and cull the queens that we consider don’t display the chosen traits and replace them with ones […]
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Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]the apiary and between apiaries. The best queens are produced by strong colonies of well-fed bees. The nurse bees are able to produce copious amounts of royal jelly and thus feed the queen larvae adequately. Rearing from poor weak colonies without adequate feeding will result in inferior queens. Queens can possibly be reared from mid-April to mid-September in many areas, […]

Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

[…]and can be adjusted or changed according to your own preference. Instructions Top table Box Beekeeper/Group: Name of beeper and/or Group or Association Queen or Colony Origin: Source or origin of Queen and/or Colony Name or No. of Strain: Queen Name or No.: Name/no. if breeder Queen Mark/Age: Letter for year colour. Circled if marked Queen description: Colour, stripes, clipped? […]
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Section 3.1 – The Selection of Local Stock

[…]in the following text. 1. Native appearance Most of us will be starting with randomly hybridised bees, that is bees that are a mixture of various sub-species. This is the result of over 150 years of importing bees that originated in different climatic zones around Europe. Some people view importing bees as a positive, citing genetic diversity, docility and prolificacy […]

Section 2.1 – How NatBIP will work

[…]or local associations, often with useful facilities such as a ‘group apiary’. Commercial beekeepers or bee farmers will be especially welcome as they often exert a big influence in an area due to the number of colonies that they run. The Improvement Process Put simply, the improvement process is about increasing the frequency of favourable genes in a population and […]

NatBIP Guide

[…]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 as appropriate. This can provide a hard copy of the document which can be stored in an A4 binder. Individual sections can be reprinted as necessary […]

Section 1.1- Introduction

[…]find common ground and begin to select and improve their local bees. For over 150 years we have been importing bees of other sub-species, often with the aim of obtaining better quality bees. At best, this has only resulted in short-term relief, perhaps with more docile bees but, unfortunately the good qualities cannot be maintained, and it is not long […]

Section 1.4 – The Agreement

[…]use of imported bees, or the offspring of recently imported bees. The focus will be on: native bees near-native bees long-established local bees in an area This will allow any beekeeper, whatever their circumstances, to avoid the use of imported stock and take part in improving the honey bees in their […]

Section 1.3 – Participation

[…]use of imported bees, or the offspring of recently imported bees. The focus will be on: native bees near-native bees long-established local bees in an area This will allow any beekeeper, whatever their circumstances, to avoid the use of imported stock and take part in improving the honey bees in their […]

Using a Smoker

[…]leaves, etc, etc. It is permanently in my car, so I have it if needed. I always take it to the bees, but I’m in a rural area, so unless it has been raining there is always fuel available. Keep matches or other method of lighting with you, but in emergency I have used a magnifying glass on a sunny […]

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BIBBA Associated Organisations

[…]either live or as recordings. BIBBA is a national charity concerned with improving standards of bees and beekeepers. We feel we can best do this in collaboration with existing organisations. We have therefore formed a category of “BIBBA Associated Organisations”, that will help two way communication between organisers. By becoming a “BIBBA Associated Organisation” you can enjoy the benefits listed […]

Webinars – Summary

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BIBBA Monthly – December 2020

[…]amount of time at home during 2020. It has given me a chance to think about how to improve my bees and beekeeping and to decide what equipment I prefer to use and which can be let go. The NatBIP message is still spreading amongst beekeepers and the BIBBA and other webinars offer some golden tips to try next year. […]

New Member Euro Direct Debit

[…]being made on your account.• If an error is made in the payment of your Direct Debit, by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association or your bank or building society, you are entitled to a full and immediate refund of the amount paid by your bank or building society.– If you receive a refund you are not entitled to, […]

Selwyn Runnett

[…]the importance of honey bees as part of the wider eco-system and their role as pollinators. He has been keeping bees actively for 12 years and became a part-time commercial beekeeper three years ago committed to methods of sustainable commercial beekeeping. He currently runs about 60 hives with plans to increase up to 150. He is a Member of his […]

Richard Senior

[…]Association- combining his love of bees with his love for teaching.  Richard started his beekeeping journey with a nuc of bees in 2006 after a 6-week local association beginners’ course and over the years has gradually expanded to 50 colonies. Proud to be the current chairman of Barnsley Beekeepers Association, Richard is a strong believer in locally produced bees and queens […]