Dark bee

New Dutch Dark Bee Association

Over the past few months we of De Duurzame Bij have had talks with the Dutch association ’t Landras (the Landrace) ( about closer cooperation. As a result we have agreed to set up a new association named
’t Landras: de inheemse donkere bij (Apis mellifera mellifera) (The Landrace: the Indigenous Dark Bee (Apis mellifera mellifera).

This new association aims at improving and strengthening the population of Apis mellifera mellifera (AMM), commonly known as the local dark bee, in Holland.

We try to reach these goals through:

  1. Census of AMM colonies in Holland.
  2. Registration in a studbook and certification of purebred AMM queens.
  3. Facilitation of breeding purebred AMM queens and drones at breeding stations managed by the association.
  4. Education and information about census and breeding AMM colonies, including publications on these issues.
  5. Fund raising and financial support of projects in connection with these activities.

We will shortly approach people connected to De Duurzame Bij to interest them in joining the new association.
Members of the ’t Landras association will automatically become members of the new association.