BIBBA Improvers Course

WBKA is a support organisation for Welsh Beekeepers.

The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA) will be running a small number of practical and theoretical courses during 2018. These will be aimed at beekeepers who wish to improve their bees that show the characteristics of native bees, with emphasis on suitability to the environment, docility, calmness on the comb, ease of management, good use of stores, etc.

Watch this space for dates and more details or see contact details below:

Please contact Steve Rose or see for more details, other dates and venues.


Last page update 29/11/2017

"Sustainable Beekeeping: A future without Imports"

Saturday 17th February 2018 at The Eden Project, Bodelva, Par, Cornwall. PL24 2SG.

(With additional events on Sunday 18th)

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.

Participation will include entry to the Eden Project.

On Sunday 18th there will be several other events including apiary visits and a Bee Improvement for All (BIFA) day.

For details see