The Purpose

With the purpose

•             We will survey colonies of honey bees within the South West Peninsula, including possible feral colonies, to ascertain the distribution and quality of the Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm) population.

•             We want to involve a wide a population of beekeepers in Cornwall in the conservation of the Cornish Amm population.

•             The improved breeding stock of Cornish Amm will provide a good starting point for research involving disease resistance. It is much easier to improve bee stock with a pure strain than a hybridized one.  Disease resistance is known in the Cornish Dark Bee population particularly Varroa tolerance.


The Way Forward

•             Working from Cornwall

•             Reduce the reliance on imported bees

•             Greatly reduce the importation of bees at Governmental level

•             Collaboration with Land Owners /Eden/Paignton/Heligan