Club Bee


Sustainable Bee Improvement

Friday 2 March 2018 at 07 30 PM

Luddington Village Hall

Jo Widdicombe is a bee farmer currently running 150 hives in Cornwall.  He is President of BIBBA and author of the book “The Principles of Bee Improvement”.  He has also appeared on BBC Countryfile when the program visited the Mount Edgcumbe Black Bee Reserve. 

In his Presentation titled “Sustainable Bee Improvement”   Jo will explain how a sustainable system of bee improvement can be set up.  By refraining from imports and by focussing on near-native bees a local strain can be developed and maintained allowing the quality of bees in the area to be steadily improved.  This system avoids the increasing hybridisation of our bee population which makes sustainable improvement in the quality of our bees so difficult.

The aim is to produce a hardy population of productive bee with minimal bio-security risk, that is, less chance of introducing exotic pests and diseases.


From the centre of Stratford on Avon take the B439 signposted Evesham.

As you leave the built-up area take a left turn into Luddington Road immediately after the 40-limit sign.

Continue along Luddington Road for about a mile, the Village Hall is on your right.

Ample parking at the hall

Luddington Village Hall
Luddington Road
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 9SD.