BIBBA Conference 2016 Press Release 01

PRESS RELEASE 10 October 2015
BIBBA Conference 20th- 22nd September 2016
at Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man
The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) will be holding their biennial conference in
the Isle of Man Tuesday 20th - Thursday 22nd September 2016. This follows the highly successful 50 th
anniversary conference that was held in Llangollen in 2014.
BIBBA has members all over the UK and the world so we move the conference around. The last
time it was held in the Isle of Man was in 1973.
The conference will be open to all, whether BIBBA members or not. There will be two lecture
streams, one for the traditional BIBBA subjects of native/near native bees, bee improvement,
queen rearing, etc, the other for those who want topics of a more general nature, which will
include subjects varying from practical to scientific beekeeping. There will be something for
everyone, whatever their interest or experience, to help them improve their bees and
It is intended there will be approximately 20 speakers. These will be some of the best available,
all heard in one venue. There may be a surprise or two, so look regularly on the BIBBA website
for updates.
We have good news in that Randy Oliver has agreed to be a speaker. Randy runs 1,200
colonies in California and has his own website Although his
bees, climate and conditions are very different from ours, he has a vast knowledge of topics that
apply to all beekeepers. This is a good opportunity to hear one of the world's great beekeepers.
A facility has been set up for those who wish to receive information as it becomes available. This
is at
The Isle of Man is easy to get to by both ferry and air. There are direct flights from a dozen or so
airports, with connecting flights from many others. There are information links on the BIBBA
website. Within walking distance of the venue there is a large choice of accommodation to suit
all budgets.
The island is welcoming and a good place for those who wish to extend their visit, with a variety
of activities and culture to suit all tastes.
For further details contact Roger Patterson.
Notes for Editors
ABOUT BIBBA:BIBBA was formed in 1964 by a group of enthusiastic beekeepers who were convinced
of the suitability of native and near native honey bees to the climate and conditions of
Britain and Ireland.
BIBBA stands for:- Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association and is open to all
beekeepers, or not, who share our objective
It is a registered Charity No:- 273827 with the following objective:- The objectives of
the Association shall be the conservation, reintroduction, study, selection and
improvement of native or near-native honeybees of Britain and Ireland.
Full details of BIBBA can be found on our website: -
Why the Isle of Man and Why September
The choice of dates is based on the results of a poll of members and our experience of
the Isle of Man both in the past and recently.
For more details contact Roger Patterson
Or on 01403 790637.
Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association • Registered Office: The National
Beekeeping Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LG • BIBBA is a
UK Registered Charity No: 273827