Introduction to Beekeeping Courses 2018

Moray Beekeepers will be running again 3 one day ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ courses in 2018, the dates being Sunday 6th May, Sunday 3rd June and Sunday 3rd July. The course took place at our training apiary near Elgin and runs from 10am till 4pm.

We spend the morning in the classroom looking at the life history of the honeybee and go over all that is required to get you started as a beekeeper. After lunch we will give you a bee suit and gloves and show you the fascinating world inside a hive of bees. We end the day tasting some of our fabulous local honey. We ask for a donation of £50 for the course and this includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, course hand outs and use of the protective clothing.

Numbers are restricted to just 12 on each course so book early if you are interested.

e-mail: Alan Ranson <>


The Healthy ‘BEES’  (Bee Education in Scotland) Project Courses

Heavily subsidised by the Scottish Rural Development Programme, Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund, these courses are aimed at improver and advanced beekeepers and will be held in various locations in Scotland.  You are an improver if you have kept bees for a year, with a desire to learn and if that’s you, you will be very welcome!  The overall aim of the project is to improve honey bee husbandry, beekeeping skills and honey bee health which will secure a sustainable and healthy population of Scottish honey bees.

Led by tutors qualified to a minimum of Scottish Expert Beemaster and limited to small groups they offer high quality training at an affordable cost. The training will cost students £60,00 (£65.11 if booking online) per 2 day course and includes teas, coffees, lunch, handouts and use of consumables where applicable.

Upcoming ‘Healthy BEES’ courses 2018 – please find course descriptions and the booking form to these courses on the ‘Courses‘ page:

  • IPM/Adult Bee Diseases (Scotlandwell) – February 24/25
  • Swarm Control (West Kilbride) – April 21/22
  • Queen Rearing and Nucleus Creation (Elgin) – May 26/27
  • Intermediate Handling (Dalkeith) – June 9/10
  • Advanced Colony Manipulations (Edinburgh) – July 21/22
  • Honey Bees, Plants and Balanced Nutrition (Blackburn) – August 18/19
  • Honey Bee Behaviour (Pitcairngreen) – September 29/30
  • Bee Farming – The Move from Hobbyist to Bee Farmer (Holywood) – November 17/18


MBA Winter Talks 2017/18

Please come along to our MBA Winter Talks, we have been planning 3 talks this winter season, on the last Tuesday on November 2017, January and March 2018. The meetings are held in Elgin Town Hall starting at 7pm, Tea/Coffee, cake and cookies are available after the talk, and including a raffle. Entry fee is £2 for members (don’t forget your membership card) and £3 for non-members.

On 28 November Katy Malone, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust conservation officer for Scotland, is talking about bumblebee conservation.

On 30 January Ann-Marie and Stuart Thomson form the Highland Wax Company talking about the development of their business in a niche market and about their products made from locally sourced beeswax. The products range from massage waxes, lip balms, skin balms to body scrubs and candles. These will be also available to sample and purchase.

On 27 March Tony Harris, NDB, is sharing his secrets and experience of a professional bee farmer and talking about ‘Maximising your honey crop’!

Please check our calendar for more details and more future events.


The MBA is also available on Facebook, please check it out here.



Moray Beekeepers Association was established in 1919. We are a growing number of mostly amateur beekeepers located in North East Scotland, with the association being based in Moray.

MBA exists to promote and foster an interest in the study, development and practice of beekeeping and to protect and conserve the future of the honeybee in Moray and Scotland.

Please join us and help to preserve and protect the honeybee!!

The cost to join us is very modest and the benefits are substantial! Further details can be found here


“Honeybees are truly the gardener’s friend and are not the killer beast depicted in the cinema. If not for them
and the other species of bees, plant life would be reduced to mainly wind-pollinated grasses and trees, as
bees pollinate most of the flowering plants. Their value to food production is priceless as they pollinate many
of the crops grown worldwide…”
Interested in how you can help bees? We’ve produced a new, updated conservation pack to download.


For Association members only – Throughout the summer we carry out our seasonal management tasks on the colonies at Birnie. You are most welcome to come along and help out. Please get involved, your beekeeping association needs you!
Contact the secretary to get the detailed dates and times for these sessions.










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