🥈Modest colony increase – BIBBA
Small scale beekeepers only wish to make a small number of extra colonies, perhaps to increase the size of their apiary by a colony or two, to replace losses or for a management reason. Colony
increase isn’t often taught by BKAs for some reason, so smaller beekeepers often buy extra colonies. Even if you only have one colony, there is never any need to buy bees or queens again.
There are a few trip-wires to avoid, but they should be learnt by all beekeepers anyway. Methods will be discussed that will suit the average beekeeper. This may suit local BKA teachers, so they
can pass ideas on to their members.
Part of a series of webinars “Sound Foundations in Beekeeping”. Ideal for those who have recently started, but there will be material suitable for the more advanced.
If you are looking for more webinars by BIBBA, you can find them here.
Roger PattersonDeputy Chair of BIBBA
Roger was brought up on a farm in West Sussex and started beekeeping in 1963. He has travelled widely, speaking on and demonstrating practical beekeeping, where his down to earth approach gained by observation, lateral thinking and being taught by many colonies of honey bees for over 50 years is appreciated. He is privileged to have seen different bees being kept in different conditions, which, together with removing several hundred wild/feral colonies has formed his opinion of what bees are best suited to our fickle climate.
Roger encourages beekeepers to use simple management techniques and keep good tempered, healthy and productive bees that suit their locality. He has not bought an imported queen for well over 50 years, preferring to rear his own from the best of those that have survived locally.
He is a prolific writer and owns and manages Dave Cushman’s website www.dave-cushman.net, that is accepted as one of the world’s most comprehensive beekeeping websites.
In his three webinars, Roger will attempt to cover some points the other speakers may have omitted. He will address some of the issues that face beekeeping and some the previous speakers may have raised. Apart from a few short spells, honey bees have been imported on a fairly large scale for over 100 years. Importation doesn’t seem to have solved anything, other than to weaken the stock that is already here for short term gain.