BIBBA Conference 2023

ARCHIVED ARTICLE BIBBA: Supporting Practical Beekeeping The 2023 BIBBA conference will be held in Carmarthen on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September. To help those travelling a long distance, the facility will be open to attendees from midday Friday 1st September. There will be a wide variety of topics to suit all beekeepers with two…

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NatBIP News No13

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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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NatBIP News No12

December 2022 Jo Widdicombe The National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) aims to reset the widely accepted approach to bee improvement which, for many, consists in buying in new queens to improve the quality of their bees. Unfortunately, bringing in queens of exotic sub-species at best only produces a temporary improvement and, on the down-side, will…

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NatBIP News No11

November 2022 Jo Widdicombe What qualities do we want in our bees and how do we assess them? Whether we are working alone to improve our bees, or working with others, in groups, we need to decide what qualities are important for us to have in our bees. This may seem tricky if working with…

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NatBIP News No9

Photo courtesy of Richard Senior

In the long-term we want to see a bee population that is locally adapted and truly sustainable, that is, for example, one that is not reliant on regular chemical treatments to control varroa.

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