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BIBBA

Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association

BIBBA was formed as the Village Bee Breeders Association (VBBA) by a small number of beekeepers in 1964. There have been a couple of name changes since then, but the current purpose is exactly the same as it was in 1964 - ".....for the conservation, restoration, study, selection and improvement of the native and near-native honey bees of Britain and Ireland."

Over the years there have been many changes, but BIBBA has always stayed loyal to the intentions of the founders. There have been a number of publications that includes books and booklets, all with sound information on bee improvement and breeding. There are a number of breeding groups which vary, depending on their location and the people involved at the time.

BIBBA has traditionally been good at organising conferences, lectures and workshops. The conference is organised biennially, with a very successful one in 2014 in Llangollen to mark the 50th anniversary. There are a variety of workshops and since 2013 a number of "Bee Improvement for All" (BIFA) days are held during the winter months in conjunction with other BKAs. These are very popular and encourage all beekeepers to raise their own queens, rather than buy them, which may be imported.

The buttons on the left link to a small number of bee improvement pages and the BIBBA website.

Roger Patterson.