Category Archives: 2021

BIBBA by Stephen Barnes

BIBBA was formed originally as the Village Bee Breeders Association (VBBA) on 27th July 1963 by Beowulf Cooper and a small group of beekeepers. It grew into a national organisation and then changed its name to the British Isles Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA), to reflect its wider base of membership. In 1997 the name was changed again, to Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association, whilst still retaining the acronym BIBBA, to reflect the true activity of […]

Trees and Shrubs for Bees by Matt Keane

There are many reasons why people choose to plant and here at Future Forests, we get asked all sorts of queries, we do our best to provide the right info and more importantly the right plants to suit your needs. You may want to plant trees for shelter and protection, maybe you want to plant a coppice for firewood. Maybe you need a hedge for privacy, perhaps you want to fill your garden with fruiting […]

Christmas Forage & Fodder by Edward Hill

Commenting on forage is difficult as there is little available even if your bees are out and about during mild spells, but Christmas is a good time to look at the importance of pollinating insects and how they contribute to our festive season. This has been another good year for hollies (Ilex aquifolium), they are covered in berries. There were lots of flowers on them in the spring and thanks to the honeybees, bumble bees […]

Ten of the Best by Declan Magee

I’m a gardener who keeps bees – or vice versa. When I’m asked to name the plants my bees love best, it’s a pleasurable challenge. My garden is in an exposed seaside site in southwest Kerry, with howling gales, drenching rain and a soil short on nutrients, heavy in acid and water. All the plants have to live with this and are therefore hardy. So, my Top Ten then: CEANOTHUS. Evergreen with waxy leaves, with […]

Winter Seasonal Notes

January Periodically heft the hives to assess the stores and feed fondant if necessary, avoid moving the crown board by using an eke or empty super if needed. Buy and build any equipment for the coming year and paint and repair any spare equipment. [Keep an eye on sales from suppliers.] Attend any Association meetings. Listen to any speakers and more experienced beekeepers to swap ideas and gain information. Prepare a book or sheets for […]