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Beekeeping Equipment

Posted by Helen Nelson, Saturday, 10th March 2018 @ 11:55am

  • See below email fyi:

    Dear Fellow Beekeepers

    Can you please circulate this flyer to your members and also include on your websites.

    Alnwick and District Beekeepers lost a much loved member last year and a group of individuals from the Association has agreed to sell Gerry Parkin's equipment on behalf of his wife.  Gerry was a beekeeper of over 60 years. All proceeds go to his wife.  

    Lisa Hamlin 

    Auction list for distribution.pdf


May monthly meeting

  • Sunday, 6th May 2018 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: Bee Academy

    We have made some changes to the shape of the May meeting.

    First David will give a…

    • 12 people attended

Did you know that we have a YouTube Chanel ?

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Saturday, 3rd March 2018 @ 5:26pm

  • The Norfolk Honey Company published their most recent video on their YouTube Chanel yesterday. It is particularly relevant to Module Three Study Group members as the title is 'Nosema Infection Sampling,

    Here is the link to our own YouTube Chanel, you will find the video there as we subscribe to the Norfolk Honey Company Chanel.

    Click on play-lists in the top menu bar and on the play button on the left.


Thorne's 2018 catalogue

Posted by Helen Nelson, Thursday, 1st March 2018 @ 11:28am

Unblocking hive entrances

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 28th February 2018 @ 6:46pm

  • While snow on hives in itself is not detrimental to the bees, it is important to ensure that hive entrances are not blocked by the snow. Mentors and Foster parents are asked to check their allocated hives at the earliest opportunity to ensure they are in good shape.

March monthly meeting - RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2018

  • Sunday, 18th March 2018 at 1pm - 3pm
    Location: Bee Academy

    Due to the adverse weather being experienced in Lothians and Borders with…

    • 16 people attended

Article on pesticide residues on garden centre plants

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 19th February 2018 @ 10:57am

  • In the latest newsletter published by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
    there is an article by Katy Malone on pesticide residues in purchases from
    Garden Centres which I think all interested in bees should see.
    When we buy "bee-friendly" plants we may inadvertently be feeding the local
    bees on neonics and other nasties!  Results based on recent research by
    David Goulson and his associates.

    Here is the link to the article:- 

    Magnus Peterson

Bee Improvement Day for all

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 7th February 2018 @ 10:26am

  • Edinburgh & Midlothian Beekeepers Association are proud to announce that they will hosting BIBBA's 'Bee Improvement Day for All' with Roger Patterson (BIBBA) on Saturday 10 March 2018 at the Roslin Institute.The closing date for registration is 20 February 2018. If Saturday doesn't work for you, Lanark are hosting on Sunday 11th although we don't have details so far.

    You can find details for the 10 March 2018 date at this link:

EMBA - Fiona Highet of SASA will be speaking on Bee Diseases & Their Diagnosis

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Tuesday, 30th January 2018 @ 12:28pm

  • Date: Monday 12 February 2018

    Venue: Eric Liddle Centre, Edinburgh
    Time: 19.30 - 21.00
    Refreshments: 19.00 - 19.30 (Please bring your own mug)

    A must attend event for those doing Module 3


Digitised Copies of the 'Scottish Beekeeper' Archives Going Back to 1924

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Monday, 29th January 2018 @ 6:03pm

  • The Scottish Beekeeper was first published in 1924 and now you can find digitised copies at:

    Thanks to the SBA Library & ICT sub-committees for uploading the magazines.

Scottish Beekeepers' Association - 2018 AGM - Sunday 18 March

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Monday, 29th January 2018 @ 3:19pm

  • Notice of the 2018 AGM was published in the February edition of the 'Scottish Beekeeper' The venue for the meeting is: 

            Dewar's Centre, Glover Street, Perth, PH2 0TH

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 11.00.
    A request was made for those planning to attend the meeting to inform the SBA secretary of their intention to be there.
    The notice was published by John Wilkinson, General Secretary, SBA.

Ulster Beekeepers Association - Annual Conference 2018 - Friday 9th & Saturday 10th March

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Sunday, 28th January 2018 @ 11:22am

  • The 2018 Annual Conference will be held at Greenmount Campus, Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT41 1PS.

    Conference Topics Include:

    • Reproduction
    • Medicines
    • Chemicals
    • Communication

    For further information visit the Association website at:

Welsh Beekeepers' Association 2018 Convention, Saturday 24 March

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Sunday, 28th January 2018 @ 11:12am

  • The 2018 Convention will be held at Old Food Hall, Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY

    Advance tickets available @ £7 (under 17 Free)

    Guest Speakers:

    • Susie Hill - Feeding - What, Why & When
    • Dr. Paul Cross - Development of a minature vibration energy harvester for battry-less tracking of honey bees
    • Kirsty Stainton - Research into Antivirals Against Bee Viruses


    • Beekeepers' Question Time'
    • Trade Stands & Exhibitions

    Booking form available at:

National Honey Show Lectures - Videos On-line

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Sunday, 28th January 2018 @ 10:40am

  • Some of the 2017 National Honey Show lectures can be viewed on-line.

    They Include:

    • A Novel Defence of Honey Bees Against Wasps - Heather Mattila
    • Beekeeping as a Profitable Sideline - Will Steynor
    • All About Drones - Kim Flottum
    • The Bee Colony - Tom Seeley

    Watch the videos at:

20th May Declared as World Bee Day

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Saturday, 27th January 2018 @ 10:21pm

  • After over three years of efforts a resolution to declare 20 May World Bee Day was unanimously adopted within the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the UN General Assembly in New York on 17 November 2017. It is supported by all UN Member States, with 115 states being co-signatories or the so-called co-sponsors of the resolution, including the largest states such as the USA, Canada, China, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, India and all EU Member States. 

GroupSpaces- Some images have disappeared from view

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Tuesday, 16th January 2018 @ 5:58pm

  • A couple of weeks ago our GroupSpace developed two major problems:

    • The page tabs disappeared from view - with the exception of the Home tab.
    • Most, but not all images disappeared from view and in particular those that are included in the body of the various pages of the web site. The images have become a question mark just like the one below.

    We have been able to fix the issue with the page tabs and these are now visible again. The colour of the text is now red.
    The image issue continues. We have made several attempts to contact the help desk to make them aware of the problem. Many other groupspace users have also done the same. We are participating in an on-line help discussion forum to try to resolve the problem. We will keep trying. 

Module 3 Exam Application Deadline for the March Diet is 31 January 2018

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Friday, 12th January 2018 @ 6:31pm

Study Group Three starts Tuesday 9 January @ 19.30 in the Bee Academy

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Monday, 8th January 2018 @ 3:33pm

  • Over the last 15 months or so Neil Rutherford has done an excellent job of co-ordinating the study group for the NBKA to prepare attendees to sit the SBA Module Exams. So far around 12 of us have studied and the majority have sat the exams for Modules 1 and 2.

    Module 3 Study Group will start on Tuesday 9th January 2018 from 1930 hrs to 2100 hrs in the new Bee Academy at Newbattle.  The group will discuss future meeting dates at the first meeting but we tend to meet every second Tuesday.  Provisional dates would be 9/1, 23/1, 6/2, 20/2, 6/3 and possibly 13/3 depending upon the exam date.

    Most of those who have already undertaken Modules 1 and 2 are very keen to continue but Neil wants to open this out to the rest of the NBKA community.  

    Although Foster Parents are unable to sit the exam until they have passed their Basic Beekeeping Certificate there is no reason why they should not be involved if they want to but Ewan Mealyou is co-ordinating a similar study group specifically to fit their needs. 

    Module 3 covers Honeybee Diseases, Pests and Poisoning and could be considered as one of the most important Modules of all. It is also unnecessary to have completed modules 1 and 2 so Neil wants to encourage anyone who would like to join the study group to do so. 

Afternoon Tea & Raffle Draw - Saturday 6 January

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Monday, 8th January 2018 @ 2:46pm

  • The Fund-raising raffle draw was held on Saturday afternoon when members and guests came together for afternoon tea. The event was a great success and gave those present an opportunity to see the progress made with the refurbishment of the Bee Academy building. The afternoon was hosted by Joyce Jack, NBA President, and during her opening remarks she was able to thank Martin Vevers, refurbishment project manager for the work done over the past weeks to get the building to an almost finished state.

    The raffle draw took place as members and guests were enjoying the very tempting savories and cakes on offer all served on vintage crockery. 

    The raffle prizes were won by the following people:

    Robert (Bob) Greenhill - Dinner Bed & Breakfast for Two at the Bruntsfield Hotel
    Elly Smith - Case of mixed wine 

    Lucy C - Gift Voucher, Shear Magic Hairdressing, Dalkeith

    A. MacLean - Handmade Lap Blanket - Brood Frame design with bees

    Peter Jack - Handmade Silver Chain Pendant with Fresh Water Pearl Detail

    F & L Ribbons - £25 Gift voucher - Harrisons of Peebles 


Final Work Day of 2017 on the Bee Academy Refurbishment

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Saturday, 30th December 2017 @ 7:35pm

  • The big jobs are almost complete. Colin, the painter completed as far as he could today but will be back to finish the partition wall when it is ready. 

    Alick is also in the same position and can’t do anymore until the worktop and units are in place. 

    Note the 'cells' on the wall in the top photograph. These frame numbers stenciled on the wall when the hut was being used as a dormitory by the army during and just after the second world war. We assume that there was a bed positioned under each number. The cells on the floor in the top photograph will be used to frame details of the Bee Academy Founder supporters. 

     The electrician is waiting on a phone call to return and fix the wall heaters and this can now happen as the walls have been painted. 

    There is not a great deal more to do and the refurbishment should be complete in the early part of January.

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