From: karl colyer <karlcolyer@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: 25 January 2019 17:11
To: info <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Fwd: Sustainable Bees & Queens training event - Chepstow, March 24th
I've been given a contact name, Nicola Bradbear. My name is Karl Colyer and I'm
a trustee at BIBBA. We've laid on some training events as below and have just
added Chepstow to the list. The other eight venues already have 850+ bookings
so interest appears to be exceptionally high. Only £11 per person for a 10am to
I'd very much appreciate you sharing this with Welsh beekeepers and other
people interested in sustainable beekeeping. BIBBA will also have a stand at
the Welsh Beekeepers Convention the week afterwards. If it helps for BFD to
have a complimentary stand and some complimentary tickets at this venue, that
is no problem. Please just let me know.
Regards from Karl
Sustainability - Bees and Queens for Everyone using low-cost, simple methods
There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience
about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several
grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and
pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our
Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement Survey that shows the majority
of beekeepers prefer home-reared queens but need help to produce them. In
addition, many BKAs are unable to produce enough bees for their beginners and
queens to head them.
In response to the obvious need the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders
Association (BIBBA) are staging a series of one day regional events during the
2018/19 winter. These are to help and encourage everyone from the small-scale
beekeeper upwards and BKAs to produce bees and queens from local stock, by
using simple techniques that may be little more than a variation of what many
beekeepers already do and at little or no cost.
• Why raise queens?
• Addressing perceived problems in producing queens in the U.K.
• Overwintering bees and queens.
• Demystifying queen rearing.
• Simple queen rearing methods.
• Simple and efficient ways to produce nuclei.
• Suggested methods for BKAs to supply bees and queens to
• Methods for small and larger quantities.
• Benefits of teaching apiaries.
• Queen rearing facility in teaching apiaries.
• Queen rearing as a collective exercise.
• Producing bees and queens, yet still getting a good honey crop.
• Including queen rearing and bee improvement in BKA teaching
• Reducing winter losses.
• Other events that provide relevant tuition.
It will be helpful to beekeepers of all abilities from beginners to the most
experienced, as well as BKA officials, beekeeping teachers, apiary managers,
The all-day event (10.00am-4.00pm) costs £11/head (around a third of the price
of one queen and 5-10% of a nuc!). Refreshments will be provided, but please
provide your own lunch. Booking must be made in advance.
For further details and to book https://bibba.com/
Sustainability - Bees and Queens for Everyone
using low-cost, simple methods
The locations and dates for the events are as follows:
• 3rd Feb 2019 Kent Lenham ME17 2QT
• 9th Feb North West Frodsham WA6 7QN
• 16th Feb Midlands Warwickshire,CV37
• 17th Feb East Anglia Lawshall IP29 4PE
• 10th Mar North East Newton NE43 7UL
• 17th Mar Chesterfield to be finalised
• 23rd Mar South West Devon EX5 1AA
• 23rd Mar Wales Chepstow NP16 5HJ
• 30th Mar South East West Sussex RH12 3JJ
The all-day event (10.00am-4.00pm)
ONLY £11 per person
Refreshments will be provided, but please provide your own lunch.
Bookings must be made in advance.