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Reports and Accounts

[…]2018 BIBBA Report and Accounts to AGM 2018 AGM 2017 BIBBA Trustees’ Report to AGM 2017 BIBBA Accounts- to AGM 2017 AGM 2016 BIBBA Trustees’ Report to AGM 2016 BIBBA Accounts to AGM […]

NatBIP News No3

[…]Going further than the basic inspection to ‘road test’ some of the things I have learned via all those webinars over the winter!  I pray that some of the amazing online training I’ve been glued to all winter has sunk in! With this beekeeping skill in mind, Roger Patterson recently ran a webinar entitled ‘Observation – interpret what you see’ […]

Liz Childerley

[…]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 a paradigm shift taking place in the hearts and minds of beekeepers. I’m delighted to […]

BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens

[…]ways. This ever-growing practice is not sustainable. It is most likely that the seriously damaging invasive pests and pathogens we currently have in our bee populations were introduced into the British Islands and Ireland through the practice of importing bees, including: Varroa destructor, (introduced in 1992. information here) Nosema Ceranae, (first detected in samples taken in 2004. Information here) Chronic […]
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North Gower Bee Improvement

North Gower as a peninsula and especially its northern tip, is reasonably isolated due to a range of natural features. It contains a low number of beekeepers (mostly hobbyists) which may have helped reduce mass import of non-native bees in this area. Furthermore, the isolation of the northern tip of Gower may offer a stronghold for colonies of near native […]

NatBIP News No1

[…]in NatBIP we have added the NatBIP Record Card and instruction sheet. This will also be available in the NatBIP GUIDE on the BIBBA website. Record Card The card can be printed out on A4 paper, one for each colony. It is convenient to punch holes and store in a ring binder for use in the apiary, at each inspection. […]

Section 8.1 – Dominating an Area with the Selected Strain

[…]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 that do. We then have our colonies headed by queens we have selected. […]
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Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

[…]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 season can be collated onto […]
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Section 3.1 – The Selection of Local Stock

[…]selection’ or selection by the beekeeper. The process of improvement depends on propagating the genes of the best colonies and replacing, or removing from the area, the queens of the worst colonies, thus reducing the genetic influence of these genes in the population. This process must be carried out with an awareness of the importance of maintaining genetic diversity within […]

Section 2.1 – How NatBIP will work

[…]of what is, or is not, permitted in the scheme, it is better to allow individuals or groups to adapt and adjust the Programme to what they feel is appropriate for their circumstances. We have made just one rule for participants to adhere to and that is the rule not to use imported, or the offspring of recently imported, stock. […]

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 […]

Section 1.1- Introduction

Introduction The National Bee Improvement Programme is available for all beekeepers, from the geographical area of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, to participate in. The Programme is designed to promote the improvement of local bees and the development of local ecotypes and to avoid further input from imported bees. It is recognised that […]

Section 1.2 – Aims, Imports & Bee Breeding

[…]is achieved, and the system relies on further imports to maintain quality, albeit, with no local adaptation. They represent a serious biosecurity risk through the possibility of introducing new pests and diseases, or variant strains of the ones already here. The damaging effect that these imports have on our local bee populations is also of concern, reversing any development of […]

Section 1.3 – Participation

[…]finance the launch of the programme but financial sustainability must be the eventual goal of the management committee. We are currently offering two ways to support the Programme: 1. Membership of BIBBA for annual fee (currently £20 per annum, if paid by direct debit) Join up and support BIBBA’s Objects, that is: The conservation, restoration, study, selection and improvement of […]

Using a Smoker

[…]don’t leak. If the fabric splits it can often be mended with sticky tape. If it is badly damaged it might be worth buying new bellows. There are different ways of getting air from the bellows to the fire box. If it is a tube, then make sure it lines up with the hole in the bellows. If there is […]