22nd September 2020 - 17th November 2020

BIBBA is launching NatBIP to encourage all beekeepers to produce hardy, docile and productive bees suited to their local environment.

For over 100 years there have been significant importations of honey bees and queens into the U.K. The reasons have varied from the Isle of Wight Disease” and hard winters, such as 1962/63, to management reasons to suit beekeepers.

There is increasing concern by beekeepers, both new and experienced, to continual importations, which is backed by scientific evidence. These concerns include, but are not limited to:-

·Bee health. Possible introduction of pests, diseases and pathogens.

·Unsuitability to the locality. Possibly contributing to increased colony losses.

·Drones interbreeding with existing queens. Weakening the quality of local stock.

A series of webinars have been planned in a logical progression to explain NatBIP, experience of importations, scientific evidence, teaching beekeepers and how beekeeping associations can help improve our population of bees for the benefit of everyone.

The provisional programme of webinars for NatBIP, all Tuesdays at 7.30pm is:-

Tuesday, 22nd September 2020     

The National Bee Improvement Programme – Outline

Speaker: Jo Widdicombe


Tuesday, 29th September  2020     

More details of the National Bee Improvement Programme and Participation"     

Speaker: Jo Widdicombe


Tuesday, 6th October 2020

Global pandemics, bee imports and native bees"                                                 

Speaker: Norman Carreck


Tuesday, 13th October 2020         

My 50 years experiences of imported bees affecting local stock"                          

Speaker: Peter Jenkins


Tuesday, 20th October 2020        

Resilient Honeybees"                                                                                             

Speaker: Grace McCormack


Tuesday, 27th October 2020      

Where we are, how we got here and how we can move on……."                         

Speaker: Roger Patterson


Tuesday, 3rd November 2020          

Some Fresh Ideas for Teaching and Learning"                                                     

Speaker: Roger Patterson


Tuesday, 10th November 2020       

Bees and queens for everyone"                                                                             

Speaker: Roger Patterson


Tuesday, 17th November 2020      

Answering Your Questions"                                                                                 

Speaker: All Speakers


NatBIP provides us with the first ever chance to choose to be self-sufficient with our beekeeping, reducing the need for increasing importations that many beekeepers feel are harming our own honey bees.  It is hoped that as many beekeepers, groups and associations as possible will attend these webinars. Please publicise widely, as this important programme is appropriate to beekeepers, teachers and BKA officials.

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