This exciting event has been organised in response to the increased interest in native and near native honey bees. Many beekeepers now realise the benefits of working with bees that are hardy, productive, healthy and best suit their conditions.
Bee researchers believe that native bees are an important resource that shouldn't be lost. European studies have shown that locally adapted bees perform better than imported ones, with possible health and survivability benefits.
The event is organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) and B4, in conjunction with BIPCo. The morning will have presentations covering research relevant to native/near native bees by research scientists Norman Carreck, Mark Barnett, Mairi Knight and Victoria Buswell. In the afternoon BIBBA President and bee farmer Jo Widdicombe will discuss the principles of practical bee improvement and Roger Patterson will highlight some problems we face. He will suggest ways of helping the wider beekeeping community to achieve a more sustainable culture that avoids importing bees and queens that may be unsuitable.
BIPCo AGM is being held in the Manor Inn, Rilla Mill PL17 7NT, on Tues 7th March, starting at 6pm.
Please come along to have your say.
If you are coming, then please let Nick know by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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