NatBIP News No 7

It is said that the duty of a gardener (and indeed, a farmer) is to leave the soil in better heart than it was found. As for beekeepers, the same could be said about our bees. It is good to leave better quality bees what than we started with. This could mean more ‘hardy’, ‘pest and disease resistant’, ‘good-tempered’ and ‘productive’ bees, or whatever characteristics we value.

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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part two

More advanced Strategies in Bee Improvement suitable for native bees Many people find queen rearing a daunting prospect. There is an overwhelming amount of information, methods and advice. For clarity you simply need to select your selection criteria, a method of starting queen cells, a method of mating your queens and a method of introducing…

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BIM 49 – Spring 2017

  • From the President – Jo Widdicombe
  • Trials and Tribulations – Frank Hilton
  • Are you a Natural Beekeeper? – Brian Dennis
  • Natural Beekeeping – Philip Denwood
  • Racial Profiling of Mongrels – Paul Honigmann
  • Bee Improvement and QR – R Patterson
  • History of Manx beekeeping – Cilla Platt
  • Making Increase – Brian Dennis
  • Locally Adapted Bees – Wally Shaw
  • Bee Races in Switzerland – Balser & Padruot Fried
  • B4 Press Release – Plymouth University
  • SICAMM Conference – Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda
  • Intelligence v. Chemical Responses – Brian Dennis
  • This is a non-smoking area – Brian Dennis
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BIM 47 – Autumn 2016

  • Queen raising – Alan Brown
  • Burzyan wild-hive honeybees – R. A. Ilyasov,
  • M. N. Kosarov. A. Neal, F. G. Yumaguzhin
  • Queen rearing on the Isle of Man – John Evans
  • The SMARTBEES project – Jo Widdicombe
  • Conferences and Workshops – Roger Patterson
  • Working for a better bee – Mark Edwards
  • Polynucs – Peter Edwards
  • QR at Keepers Cottage – Peter Edwards
  • Black bees in Wales – Eifion Williams
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Keith Pierce “Apideas: Their operation and maintenance”

I have been beekeeping now for over 25 years, selectively rearing queens of our Dark Native Irish Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera. My selection program is based on the ability of my bees to over-winter strongly, together with disease resistance, docility, productivity, colour and more. My home and main mating apiary is just on the outskirts…

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“Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

“Bee Improvement for all” is a one day course that is designed to help beekeepers to improve their bees by using some of the opportunities that bees give them during the season, as well as giving information to those who wish to raise more queens .

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John Harding Queen Rearing

The main purpose of this systemis its versatility and to have an additional use so you always double its value in purpose, and it’s not lying around for the best part of the year unused. Given the choice honeybees prefer vertical narrow empty spaces with unlimited depth, and just enough space to build 5 or6 combs side by side…

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NatBIP News No13

courtesy the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Crown Copyright

The use of imported queens may provide temporary relief to issues of quality in our bees but have not provided stability within the population as a whole.

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