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Newtongrange After School Club

  • Thursday, 5th July 2018 at 10am - 1pm
    Location: Newbattle Bee Academy

    Myriam and David will host a group of children from the After School Club to explain all about…

Newbattle Weather 27 June to 11 July

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Wednesday, 27th June 2018 @ 10:24am

Christmas At Newbattle Fair

  • Saturday, 24th November 2018 at 10am - 4:30pm
    Location: Newbattle Bee Academy

    NBA will participate in the Christmas at Newbattle Fair event from our Newbattle Bee Academy in…

    • 3 people are attending

Vita Bee Health - Honey Bee Health - Web App updated and refreshed

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Thursday, 7th June 2018 @ 4:43pm

  • The free Vita Bee Health honey bee health smartphone web app has just been updated and refreshed. Ideal for use in the apiary, the app helps beekeepers to quickly identify any health issues in their colonies.

    The web app, suitable for nearly all smartphones and tablet devices, can be accessed free from

Bee Craft Webinar on Swarming - 30 May 2018

Posted by Helen Nelson, Tuesday, 29th May 2018 @ 12:09am

Newbattle Weather - 28 May to 11 June

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Monday, 28th May 2018 @ 11:44pm

Milestone for NBA launching the Newbattle Bee Academy

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 21st May 2018 @ 9:13pm

  • The Hon. David Dalrymple cut the ribbon and unveiled the celebration plaque to mark the opening of Newbattle Bee Academy on World Bee Day 20 May 2018. NBA President Myriam Baete welcomed guests and members and thanked the many and various supporters, volunteers and sponsors for their generous contributions in the past 9 months, which resulted in the official opening on such an auspicious day. Vice President David Hennessey delivered an amusing and informative presentation on the Bee Academy journey from its first inception in May 2017, to the launched building we have today. Guests and members enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea, honey tasting, learning about pollination and the impact on food production if there were no bees, viewing bee specimens through the microscope, and the most talked about attraction of the day visiting the apiary to view bees in the observation hive. Some guests were excited to be able to put on a bee suit and gloves and get up close and personal with the bees in the apiary. A magical day which has provided the runway to being able to offer education and learning to become new and improved beekeepers and so contribute to honeybee conservation.

A mention in the Scotsman today - Tuesday 15 May

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Tuesday, 15th May 2018 @ 12:58pm

Bee Health Day - 2 June 2018

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 9th May 2018 @ 2:04pm

  • Details of the bee health day hosted by SASA in Tarland can be found at this link...



EU States to vote on almost complete ban on the use of Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Friday, 27th April 2018 @ 8:42am

  • I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it.

    Member states will vote on Friday on an almost complete ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides across the EU.

    Scientific studies have linked their use to the decline of honeybees, wild bees and other pollinators. 

    The move would represent a major extension of existing restrictions, in place since 2013.

    Manufacturers and some farming groups are opposed, saying the science remains uncertain.

    Neonicotinoids are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, but concerns about their impact on bees have been reinforced by multiple research efforts, including so-called "real world" trial results published last year.

    Change of heart

    Back in 2013 the European Union opted for a partial ban on the use of the three chemicals in this class: Imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. 

    The restrictions applied to crops including maize, wheat, barley, oats and oil seed rape. The new Commission proposal would go much further, meaning that almost all outdoor uses of the chemicals would be banned. 

    The action has been driven by a recent report from the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), which found that neonicotinoids posed a threat to many species of bees, no matter where or how they are used in the outdoor environment. 

    Another key element that has pushed the Commission to hold a vote has been the UK's change of heart on the use of these insecticides. Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced last November that the UK would now support further restrictions.

    "I think it has helped the dynamic," Franziska Achterberg from Greenpeace told BBC News.

    "It has helped sway Ireland definitely, and then lately, the Germans, the Austrians and the Dutch. I think the fact the UK had come around was a good signal for them as well, that they could not stay behind." 

    During the partial ban, some countries including the UK were given permission to use neonicotinoids for short periods. However, the EU Commission is now signalling that it is seemingly intent on pushing the proposal through as it stands. 

    "Several countries have said they want exemptions on sugar beet for example," said Sandra Bell from Friends of the Earth (FOE).

    "So far the Commission have been very strong on this, because they say the Efsa evidence backs the extension of the ban to sugar beet and therefore they are following the science and won't put in an exemption for a compromise."

    Growers will be free to use neonicotinoids in greenhouses across the EU, despite some environmental groups having reservations about the chemicals leaching into water supplies. Other neonicotinoids including thiacloprid and sulfoxaflor will continue to be exempt from the ban. 


    No benefits for bees

    Many farmers are unhappy about the proposed increase in restrictions, saying they do not believe they are warranted on scientific grounds and that the existing partial ban has not delivered results. 

    "The Commission hasn't been able to find that these restrictions have delivered any measurable benefits for bees," said Chris Hartfield from the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

    "That has been a big question for us, and if we can't be certain they can deliver measurable benefits why are we doing this?"

    The Commission's proposal needs to reach a qualified majority to go forward, meaning 55% of states representing 65% of the EU population will have to support the measure. 

    If that fails, the Commission will likely take it to an appeals committee within weeks. If that also fails to produce a result, then the Commission can unilaterally impose their ruling. 

    British farmers say that if the proposal goes ahead, it could have significant impacts on the types of crops grown across the Continent.

    "The irony of the current restrictions is that it has led to the decline of oil seed rape being grown in the UK and that's reflected across the whole of Europe," said Chris Hartfield from the NFU. 

    aigners took to the streets in 2013 in favour of the partial ban

    "We're not decreasing our consumption of that product, we are just importing it from outside Europe, where it is often treated with neonicotinoids - I would expect to see that continue."

    There is a cautious optimism among environmental campaigners that the measure will go through, either today or in the very near future. 

    Some believe that it heralds a new era for EU farmers where the needs of the environment are seen as more important than production.

    "It's a significant indication that we need a different form of farming across Europe that farms with nature and not against it," said FOE's Sandra Bell. 

    "The ban on neonicotinoids, if it happens, could be a really important step towards a more general questioning of the use of pesticides and the harm they are doing to our environment."


Invitation to Attend - Top Bar Hives Workshop

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Monday, 23rd April 2018 @ 7:50am

  • with John Vendy on Saturday 9th June, 10 - 4 at Belhaven Community Garden, Dunbar East Lothian. 
    £30 including tea, coffee and lunch. 
    Reservations can be made by calling Lorraine Turner on 0793 0906443.

Joyce and Peter Jack receive the SBA ABA Award medal for services to NBA and beekeeping in general

Posted by Helen Nelson, Tuesday, 17th April 2018 @ 1:01pm

  • On Sunday 15 April 2018 at the Newbattle Beekeepers Association Bee Academy Joyce Jack and Peter Jack receiving the Scottish Beekeepers Association Affiliated Beekeepers Association Award medal from SBA President Alan Riach for services to NBA and beekeeping in general. A richly deserved award for an amazing contribution by both over the years.

    Check out the NBA
     FB page for lovely photos, comments and congratulations to Joyce and Peter

The Newbattle 10 day Weather Forecast is Back

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Monday, 2nd April 2018 @ 10:14pm

Next Bee Craft Live event - 28 March 2018

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 26th March 2018 @ 1:53pm

  • Link to the next Bee Craft live event:

    28th March at 20:00

    The Bee Craft Live panel are looking forward to George Clouston from Arnia joining them on 28th March. George will be talking about Arnia’s remote hive monitoring system (covered in August 2017 issue of Bee Craft p.24), the new research Arnia have been involved with and we will be taking your questions LIVE! It’s sure to be a great show, and we hope you can join us at 8 pm GMT, 28th March 2018.

PBKA: 27th March for talk by Professor David Evans

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 26th March 2018 @ 1:45pm

  • See below note from Peebles Beekeepers Association on a talk on 27th March by Professor David Evans:

    We’re delighted that Professor David Evans has been able to reschedule the talk that was cancelled due to the snowy weather.

    His talk now take place on 27th March, in place of the AGM, which is to be rescheduled (details to follow).

    David Evans is Professor of Virology at St Andrews University, and is the author of the popular blog “The Apiarist”.

    He’ll talk about his latest research into varroa and Deformed Wing Virus, and how beekeepers can best protect their bees from these. His talk: “Varroa and DWV: Science and practical beekeeping” and will explain viruses and how rational varroa control works.

    As usual, the talk will start at 7.30pm at the Community Centre (Drill Hall), Walkersheugh, Peebles: there is a small charge (£1) to cover costs, and any contributions to the refreshment table will be very welcome!

SBA celebrating Glasgow and District Beekeepers' Association Centenary 1918-2018

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Saturday, 24th March 2018 @ 5:18pm

  • Autumn Convention

    Keeping Bees Well


                Clive de Bruyn

            Margaret Murdin.                                                              

                Margaret Lear        

    Trade Stands

    Saturday 22 September 2018


    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

    232 - 242 St. Vincent Street

    Glasgow, G3 5RJ

NBA 18 March 2018 meeting - talk on Nosema - more info from David

Posted by Helen Nelson, Tuesday, 20th March 2018 @ 10:51am

  • I would like to thank everyone for listening to me on a rather dry subject, Nosema, and to bringing some interesting topics into the forum.

    After the talk, Maurice and I  discussed if indeed the sublimation of oxalic acid did effect  N.Cer. as he thought. Please see his response......Hi David. A good night's sleep provides an answer. Fumigate twice with acetic acid? 

    We now have a definitive answer, although freezing is still a good option.

    Maurice also brought up something Martin mentioned.....Martin also raised a good point. Stimulating with sugar can be useful for drawing fresh comb,although it is not thought necessary in a good flow.

    In conclusionwhat we are currently doing to reduce Nosema spores is great and this has been shown by low counts of spores and no incidence of Nosemosis. We now have other options to fall back if the status quo changes.

    I would also like to thank Maurice for his invaluable input.


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