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BIM 26 – Winter 2006

[…]scale, Part 1 – Dr.Dorian Pritchard SICAMM Conference 2006 – Philip Denwood York and District Queen Rearing Programme 2006 – Tom Robinson Obituary: Alan Bernard Hinchley – David Allen Bee Improvement Magazine: subject index. Issues 1-25 – Philip Denwood BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 31 – Spring 2009

The Harding queen raising system. John Harding A tribute to Gordon Hartshorn. Tom Rowlands Beekeeping in Northumberland. Dorian Pritchard Three fertile queens in one colony. Roger Patterson Brother Adam and the dark bee. Dorian Pritchard Breeding Group news. Jo Widdicombe The Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall. Jo Widdicombe Survey of native bees. Roger Patterson Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects. […]

BIM 30 – Winter 2008

[…]one that nearly got away. Micheál Mac Giolla Coda Bedfordshire Beekeepers’ Association queen rearing day. Wally Thrale Bee improvement and conservation in Southern England. Terry Clare Galtee Group queen rearing workshop. Jim Ryan Bee improvement and conservation in County Louth. Medway and North Kent Bee Breeding Group (MedBees). Terry […]

BIM 29 – Summer 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 easy — eventually! Peter Edwards Varroa destructor and winter losses Terry Clare Nature Reserves […]

BIM 28 – Autumn 2007

[…]– Micheál Mac Giolla Coda Gormanston and BIBBA – Terry Clare BIBBA General Meeting, Gormanston – John Hendrie The Gormanston Summer Course – Sandra Unwin What is BIBBA For? – Brian Dennis Reflections – Terry Clare International Conference: The Dark Bee in Russia BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM27 – Spring 2007

[…]BKA Bee Improvement Group – Peter Edwards Project Discover – Mervyn Eddie Techniques for Queen rearing & Introduction – Albert Knight BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

Albert Knight

[…]a handout they had obtained from one of Albert’s presentations many years before. Old documents show how much Albert did for BIBBA, including a 19 year stint as secretary. At the 2006 BIBBA AGM Albert was presented with a crystal vase in recognition of many years outstanding service by BIBBA President Micheál Mac Giolla Coda. Failing eyesight unfortunately curtailed Albert’s […]

Bees for Sale

BIBBA are encouraging their members to raise extra queens and nucs to sell in order that we can dissuade beekeepers from buying imported queens. We presently do not have the ability to inspect or vouch for such queens and nucs and simply require the seller to give an assurance that they are raised from local stock and are not imports, […]

Sustainability – Bees and Queens for Everyone using low-cost, simple methods

[…]to produce them. In addition, many BKAs are unable to produce enough bees for their beginners and queens to head them. In response to the obvious need BIBBA are staging a series of one day regional events in early 2019 to help and encourage everyone from the small-scale beekeeper upwards and BKAs to produce bees and queens from local stock, […]
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Sustainable Bees & Queens

[…]to produce them. In addition, many BKAs are unable to produce enough bees for their beginners and queens to head them. In response to the obvious need the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) are staging a series of one day regional events during the 2018/19 winter. These are to help and encourage everyone from the small-scale beekeeper upwards […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens : Midlands

[…]to produce them. In addition, many BKAs are unable to produce enough bees for their beginners and queens to head them. In response to the obvious need the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) are staging a series of one day regional events during the 2018/19 winter. These are to help and encourage everyone from the small-scale beekeeper upwards […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens : East Anglia

[…]to produce them. In addition, many BKAs are unable to produce enough bees for their beginners and queens to head them. In response to the obvious need the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) are staging a series of one day regional events during the 2018/19 winter. These are to help and encourage everyone from the small-scale beekeeper upwards […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South West

[…]to produce them. In addition, many BKAs are unable to produce enough bees for their beginners and queens to head them. In response to the obvious need the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) are staging a series of one day regional events during the 2018/19 winter. These are to help and encourage everyone from the small-scale beekeeper upwards […]

Sustainable Bees & Queens – South East

[…]to produce them. In addition, many BKAs are unable to produce enough bees for their beginners and queens to head them. In response to the obvious need the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) are staging a series of one day regional events during the 2018/19 winter. These are to help and encourage everyone from the small-scale beekeeper upwards […]

What does BIBBA Offer?

[…]bees so they suit their environment, are productive, healthy and gentle to handle. Encouragement to raise queens from local stock. Provision of relevant information and methods. Demonstrations and workshops on practical subjects, such as colony assessment and queen rearing. Publications and guidance on all aspects of bee improvement and queen rearing. Support projects in areas with a high level of […]

How I select my ‘Breeder Queens’

How I select my ‘Breeder Queens’ by Jo Widdicombe   At the start of a new season I like to make a shortlist of which queens are good enough to breed from, in other words, to become my breeder queens. I do this by looking at the current condition of the colony as well as looking at the record of […]

Appetitive floral odours prevent aggression in honeybees

[…]the surprising capacity to block recruitment by the alarm pheromone. This effect is not due to an olfactory masking of the pheromone by the floral odours, but correlates with their appetitive value. In addition to their potential applications, these findings provide new insights about how honeybees make the decision to engage into defence and how conflicting information affects this process. […]
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Strategy

[…]including disease resilience; Breeding and rearing of locally adapted bees as a stepping-stone towards the restoration of native and near-native bees; and Scientific research on issues relevant to native and near-native bees. For all beekeepers and the general public, it does this by: Providing information on all aspects of native, near-native and locally adapted bees; Designing and delivering education and […]

BIBBA Monthly – September 2019

Queen Rearing – my preferred method by Jo Widdicombe Setting Up a Breeding Conservation Group BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

I Want Bees

[…]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 venation, abdominal hair length;b) Genetic […]

Membership Application

[…]bees so they suit their environment, are productive, healthy and gentle to handle. Encouragement to raise queens from local stock. Provision of relevant information and methods. Demonstrations and workshops on practical subjects, such as colony assessment and queen rearing. Publications and guidance on all aspects of bee improvement and queen rearing. Support projects in areas with a high level of […]

Webinars – Season Two

[…]of Mating” Tuesday 1st September 7:30pm – Roger Patterson – “Challenge what you are told……….” View Recording – Roger Patterson – “Challenge what you are told……….” Tuesday 8th September 7:30pm – Peter Jenkins – “The KISS Approach” View Recording – Peter Jenkins – “The KISS […]

Videos

[…]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. Beekeepers, especially beginners, may have difficulty sorting the wheat from the chaff, perhaps being persuaded to use  “advice”, “information” or […]

BIBBA Associated Organisations

[…]a “BIBBA Associated Organisation” you can enjoy the benefits listed below. All you need do is to make sure we always have two email addresses for each organisation, that will not be displayed. Organisations supportive of BIBBA’s objectives can register as associated organisations; there is no fee for this. They will be listed on our website and can have their […]

Using a Smoker

[…]know there are some who don’t use smoke and advise others not to either. I don’t want to get into too much discussion here about that and as always, I suggest you please yourself. What I will say though, is that in my opinion any bees that are worth anything will defend themselves, so expect them to become defensive. For […]

Colony Increase – The Roger Patterson Method

[…]BKAI often find many bee keeping books can over complicate processes which make them very hard to follow, however, Roger makes colony increase a very easy and attainable process.I’m kicking myself that this wasn’t available at the beginning of the year as it’s just what was needed, so no guesses what I’ll be encouraging our association to do for our […]
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National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP)

[…]a good reason for choosing 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 […]

Section 1.1- Introduction

[…]strain of bee that breeds true. These decisions will be up to individuals, groups or associations to make but bringing in bees of non-native sub-species is not permitted under the Programme agreement. The maintenance of genetic diversity within our bee population is extremely important for the resilience of our bees and for the ability to cope with whatever climatic or […]

Section 8.1 – Dominating an Area with the Selected Strain

As we progress through the NatBIP programme to improve our bee stocks it pays to give some thought to how we are going to consolidate 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 […]
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NatBIP News No1

[…]to get proficient at using the card is to put it into practice. It will soon become second nature to make accurate assessments at each inspection. The purpose of the card is to show which queens are the ones to produce offspring from and, perhaps just as important, which queens should be replaced when the opportunity arises. Assessment of colonies […]

Dover and Districts BKA Q rearing support group – CT4

[…]both theory and husbandry techniques delivered as Zoom meetings. Individual members are guided to choose a queen rearing method appropriate for their circumstances and skill level; individual or small group support will be given as they undertake their queen rearing. There is no charge for this course, but participants must be a member of Dover & District BKA and, if […]
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Bee Improvement Days 2021

[…]involved in a bee improvement group or are considering starting one. It will suit those who want to raise good quality queens by using "artificial" methods in batches of 6 or more in controlled conditions. The information gained should prepare attendees for producing many more queens on a regular basis if required. Attendees should know the "basics" of beekeeping, i.e. […]

The Native Irish Honey Bee

[…]in the 2020s as our knowledge of honey bee genetics increases), conservation, bee improvement and queen rearing, and a review of the past, present, and future for the native honey bee in Ireland. This is not just an excellent read, it is one of those books that you will keep going back to time after time. reviewed by Selwyn Runnett […]

Home3a

[…]and associated islands* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to a stable and sustainable future for our beekeeping ...READ MORE BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens for these 15 […]

Home5

[…]and associated islands* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to a stable and sustainable future for our beekeeping ...READ MORE BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens for these 15 reasons Education and Training eLearning Course Beekeeping is fun! And with our online courses, you can develop […]

BIBBA YouTube Videos

[…]you see is what happened. These sessions are popular because they are practical, often expanding into discussion that has little to do with what is happening in the colonies. To view these sessions live please register here (link). We will thencontact you when we arrange a date. NatBIP The videos under this heading cover the National Bee Improvement […]

Home

[…]and associated islands* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to a stable and sustainable future for our beekeeping ...READ MORE BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens for these 15 reasons Education and Training eLearning Course Beekeeping is fun! And with our online courses, you can develop […]

Scillonian Bee Project

[…]there met Nick and Jilly.  Nick and Jilly are ​running a 5 year ​Project ​to make beekeeping on the 5 Isles more sustainable by improving the forage on the isklands as well as improving the existing honeybees so that they are better able ​to thrive ​in the unique Scillonian environment. ​Nick last looked at a number of the colonies on […]

March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]of locations across the UK. It is essential that we work with a small group of them to see how they could help BIBBA implement our flagship National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) and how we can help them to run viable commercial businesses using locally adapted stock. Four of our Trustees are themselves small-scale commercial beekeepers. Our next outing with […]