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"Bee Improvement for All"

A whole days learning how to improve your bees

For details see below

Bee Improvement should be of interest to all beekeepers and for a number of reasons including temper, quietness on the combs and suitability to the locality.

The queen is an important factor in the characteristics of a colony, so colony assessment and queen selection need more attention than many beekeepers give them. This does mean queen rearing, but the bees give us many opportunities during the summer to raise queens with little effort needed by us.

"Bee Improvement for all" is a one day course that is designed to help beekeepers use these opportunities to improve their bees, as well as giving information to those who wish to raise more queens. Some speakers and books don't serve the beekeeper with a few colonies very well, as they often use methods that are beyond the needs of the ordinary beekeeper. This course is organised to help and encourage beekeepers of all abilities to improve their bees, using simple techniques without the need for specialist equipment.

Amongst the topics covered will be:

There will be plenty of information on colony management, with emphasis on understanding what is happening inside colonies and keeping things simple.

Many beekeepers believe some of the current bee problems have been caused by the importation of bees and queens. This course will help beekeepers to rear their own queens from local stock and not rely on imports.

"Bee Improvement for all" (known as BIFA Days) courses are organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) at various venues throughout the U.K., usually hosted by local BKAs or bee breeding groups. They are all day events, usually assembling at 9.00am, finishing at 4.30-5.00pm.

BIFA Days were started during the winter of 2013/14, with 10-15 run each winter. Venues have been as far apart as the Channel Islands, The Isle of Man, Lancashire, Yorkshire, East Anglia, Kent, Somerset and Pembroke. There have been a lot in between too! The feedback has been tremendous.

The hosting BKAs have done a brilliant job in organising the events and publicising them locally. They have been a huge success and the hosts should take the credit for it. This shows that everyone worked together for the benefit of bees and beekeeping. The real benefits were gained by the beekeepers who have been given a lot of simple information that will allow them to improve their bees. A number have attended more than one event!

If you would like to have one of these courses in your area please Email me.

Locations and Dates:

Please see the BIBBA website for those that have been arranged.

Roger Patterson.