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Welcome to the October BM Newsletter by Karl Colyer

[…]colony starved to death in the first week of September. I’ve nothing against personal choices on bees but these bees were probably not best suited to new beekeepers and their surroundings. We need to improve our bees!The NatBIP webinars are progressing well. Please attend on the night if you can – feel free to ask questions. Recordings will also be […]
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Book title

[…]History of the Bee”, written by John Anderson. As well as some lovely hand-drawn details of bee anatomy, there is another book tagged on from page 36 called “How to Handle Bees”, from the same author. You can download the book […]

Adam Tofilski Webinars

[…]mellifera mellifera, which is nowadays endangered by extinction because of imports of non-native bees by beekeepers. The native bees deserve to be protected because they are better adapted to local climate and survive better. The simplest method of protection is not buying any imported queens. It would be even more effective to identify local bees and requeen non-native colonies with […]

Brian Holdcroft

[…]Local Museum and Art Gallery where he discovered an observation hive. The memories of seeing the bee activity in this hive still loom large with him today.He has a particular interest in the historical relationship that we have with the honey bee and much of his work as an artist references these connections. contact Brian at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens

[…]supports the prosperity and wellbeing of all our current populations of bees, including honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees as well as other pollinators, Imported honey bees pose a considerable risk each year to our present populations in many different ways. This ever-growing practice is not sustainable. It is most likely that the seriously damaging invasive pests and pathogens we […]
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Thanks for the Donation

[…]donation will be used to further BIBBA’s aims of conserving the native honey bee and educating beekeepers to improve their local […]

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 […]

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 […]

Webinars – January 2022

[…]with a number of different approaches. In 2016 a number of beekeepers who wished to practice more bee-friendly methods of keeping bees founded Lune Valley Community Beekeepers and Fred became its chairman. The Group has grown steadily ever since, mainly with members new to beekeeping whose interest lies mainly in environmental matters rather than honey production. Lune Valley Beekeepers maintain […]

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 […]


[…]appropriate. The Teaching Apiary: A brilliant resource For many years Teaching Apiaries have been used by Bee Keeping Associations (BKAs) to teach the practical side of beekeeping. Alas, not all BKA’s yet have these valuable facilities, though this book should encourage them to consider the value of having one. Roger Patterson has been involved with his local BKA teaching apiary […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]a single graft cell when we introduced grafts on 16th August. It is not clear why this should have been so, but the bees were clearly beginning to prepare for Winter – drone numbers were very low and a lot of propolis used to seal the boxes together. Temperatures did not exceed 20C in the last 10 days of the […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]present in the air at that point in space and time. To understand this, imagine that in the long course of the evolution of the honey bee, a mutation were to arise in some colony that favoured the production of many drones. That colony would then naturally produce many drones. The genes that carry that mutation, which we can call […]