News and Announcements

No access to apiary on Wednesday 24 May 2017

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 22nd May 2017 @ 2:12pm

  • See note sent out to members by Apiary Manager Myriam 

    The college informed us that a tree surgeon will be working to remove a very large limb detached from a large beech tree.  This limb has fallen on the roof of one of units to the back right of the apiary.  It is lying on the roof as far as the guttering.  There is no immediate danger to any of our hives but some of the smaller branches may fall in the apiary during cutting.

    The work will be done on Wednesday 24th all day and no hives should be opened during that day.  One of us will be there just in case there is a problem for the tree surgeon working in proximity to bees.

    Hope this does not cause any inconvenience to your plans.

    Best regards


Beecraft timely reminder

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 26th April 2017 @ 10:17pm

BBC News: Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say

Posted by Helen Nelson, Tuesday, 25th April 2017 @ 2:01pm

Beelines Event - Science Festival Edinburgh

Posted by Helen Nelson, Sunday, 9th April 2017 @ 8:48pm

SBA newsletter April 17

Posted by Helen Nelson, Sunday, 9th April 2017 @ 11:22am

  • SBA Member Newsletter April17
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    Royal Highland Show Volunteers & Competition

    The Royal Highland Show is nearly upon us and we are delighted to say that we've again been asked to look after the Honey Tent. Last year we had over 40,000 visitors to the tent and we couldn't have done that without the support of you, our merry band of beekeeping volunteers!
    For those who have never volunteered before it's not only a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow beekeepers from across Scotland, but a fantastic learning experience and a great place to recruit potential new members for your local associations. 
    So we need your help again please. Susan Fotheringham has kindly offered again to co-ordinate all our volunteer stewards for the show, so please if you are able to give some time to steward she'd love to hear from you. Before you contact Susan please have a look at what information she needs (just click here) and either complete this information and return by email to her (by clicking here) or call Susan on 07743 703 022

    Thank you so much. 



    The Honey Tent at The Royal Highland Show also plays host to the many honey, beeswax and beekeeping competition classes. If you've never entered a competition before or are a seasoned competitor, then we'd love to see you enter! There's something to suit everyone from competitions in honey, baking, beeswax, candles, cocktails, comb, crafts to photography and primary school posters. To find out more please download the competition schedule here and remember to also complete the entry and remittance forms.

    Good luck!


Bait Hives in the NBA Apiary

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 3rd April 2017 @ 11:00am

  • David Hennessey has placed 3 bait hives in the NBA apiary. The pic shows prospective tenants showing interest after only 2 days of them being in place. Watch this space for updates.


Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 @ 9:24pm

Asian Hornet found in Central Scotland: Notification by the Scottish Goverment

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 @ 6:07pm

  • The SBA has requested all ABA Secretaries to share the following notice from the Lead Bee Inspector.


    An incursion of the Asian hornet late last season in England and subsequent destruction of a located nest was a reminder to us all as beekeepers that we need to be extra vigilant as regards being alert to incursions of invasive species.

    Although Asian hornet is defined as an invasive non-native species and not a notifiable pest of honey bees it is a highly aggressive predator of native insects and poses a significant threat to honey bees and other pollinators. 

    The Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP) comprises representatives from Scottish Beekeepers Association, Bee Farmers Association, Scottish Government (Inspectors, Policy and SASA) and SAC Consulting (Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)).  BHIP has been exploring ways of encouraging the monitoring effort and is now ready to help by issuing traps to all Affiliated Beekeeping Associations (ABA’s). 

    There is already in place a network of sentinel apiaries (early warning stations) at strategic, risk based apiaries around the country which complements a similar arrangement in England and Wales.  However it is considered beneficial to bolster this with additional stations at ABA’s apiaries.  An arrangement is in place to send out to each ABA some proprietary Asian hornet traps. These should be arriving with you shortly, under separate cover, direct from the UK distributor and this note is to alert you to the thinking behind it.  The traps include a start-up pack of lures as well as detailed instructions.

    Comprehensive information on the Asian hornet including identification guides is available on BeeBase:

    If you are suspicious that you may have located a non-native species then please contact GB Non Native Species Secretariat at:

    Samples and photographs may also be sent to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) for confirmation.  Please provide your address and contact details along with as much detail as possible about the specimen (e.g. the shape, size, colour of the body and legs as well as information on where you found it).  Packages should be marked: “Asian Hornet sample” and sent to:

    Fiona Highet (Entomology Manager), Virology and Zoology Section, SASA, Roddinglaw Road, Edinburgh. EH12 9FJ

    If you still have any concerns then please contact and one of our colleagues will get back to you.  Thanking you in anticipation for your understanding and cooperation and happy to discuss further,

    Stephen Sunderland

    Lead bee Inspector and chair to Bee Health Improvement Partnership.

    March 2017

Newsletter: Apimondia Conference Istanbul September/October 2017

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 20th March 2017 @ 1:58pm

  • Apimondia 2017 Newsletter - March 2017.pdf

    From: Apimondia <>

    Subject: 45th Apimondia Congress Newsletter

    Date: 18 March 2017 at 14:38:32 GMT

    To: Apimondia <>

    Prot. no. 492                         Rome, 13 March 2017

    Dear Friends,

    Please find attached herewith the latest issue of the 45th Apimondia Congress Newsletter.

    Looking forward to meeting you in Istanbul next September, we remain,

    Yours sincerely,

    Riccardo Jannoni-Sebastianini

    Apimondia Secretary-General

Asian Hornet found in Central Scotland retail warehouse

Posted by Helen Nelson, Saturday, 18th March 2017 @ 7:42am

  • Shared by Gavin Ramsay last night on SNHBS FB:

    News release today from the Scottish Government, says: 

    Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) 

    17 March 2017 update: 

    SG today confirmed that a single Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina had been identified at a retail warehouse in the central belt of Scotland. The Asian Hornet is a non-native species and a serious predator of honey bees and other pollinators which has recently become established in Europe. There are no more public health risks associated with Asian hornets than with other bees or wasps. 

    Asian hornets were first identified in the GB during autumn 2016, that outbreak was dealt with and no further reports have been confirmed since. It is not possible to identify the origin of this individual and no further sightings have been made, however for surveillance purposes SG has placed Asian Hornet traps in the area and alerted the pest control industry and beekeepers to be vigilant for this species
    Asian Hornet

Bee Craft Hang out

  • Tuesday, 14th March 2017 at 8pm - 9pm
    Location: See link in details below

    Unbelievably it's a month since our last hangout!  The March one is tomorrow evening, Tuesday…

SBA AGM - 19 March 2017

Posted by Helen Nelson, Sunday, 12th March 2017 @ 9:09pm

  • The SBA AGM will be held in Dewars Centre, Glover St, Perth and Kinross PH2 0TH starting at 11 am. Check the SBA website for details

Membership Only – Scottish Native Honey Bee Society (SNHBS)

Posted by Helen Nelson, Thursday, 9th March 2017 @ 9:05pm

  • The following is for those who are unable to make the SNHBS start-up meeting on 1st April 2017, but still want to support the organisation by becoming a member.

    The membership fee for 2017 till 31st December is £15

    For membership only please go to the SNHBS website link below, complete the membership form, and press the submit button.

    For BACS /direct bank transfer

    Please complete the form on the website link: 

    Select BACS as your payment method, and press the submit button. Once the Treasurer has received your membership form you will be sent by email the SHNBS bank details for you to transfer your payment of £15

    For cheques  

    Please complete the form on the website link above, press the submit button and post a cheque for £15

    Payable to: SNHBS

    Post to Kate Atchley, Anasmara, Acharacle, PH36 4JX

Newbattle Beekeepers Association members' badge

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 8th March 2017 @ 3:01pm

  • We now have a Newbattle Beekeepers Associaton members' badge. If not done already collect one at the next meeting scheduled for Sunday 2 April 2018 when we will revert to summer hours of 2 pm to 4 pm. Many thanks to Joyce Jack for sourcing them.  

2017 Spring Survey

  • Friday, 28th April 2017 (all day)
    Location: See survey files attached

    SBA Overwintering survey Spring 2017[656].docx
    SBA Overwintering survey Spring…

Scottish Native Honey Bee Society - Start up meeting

  • Saturday, 1st April 2017 at 10am - 4:30pm
    Location: The Lovat Hotel, Glasgow Road, Perth PH 0LT

    Booking deadline date is 18 March 2017. Go to…

Presentation to local Rotary Club

  • Wednesday, 12th April 2017 at 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Location: Laird and Dog, Lasswade

    Peter and David H will give a talk on beekeeping to the local Rotary Club that meets in the…

SBA Wax Workshop

  • Saturday, 4th March 2017 at 10am - 4pm
    Location: E.H.Thorne (Beehives) Ltd at Newburgh, KY14 6HA


    A one day course on candle making, wax moulding, flower & fruit…

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