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Membership

Welcome to Moray Beekeepers Association (MBA)

Your enjoyment and knowledge of beekeeping will be enhanced through contact with fellow enthusiasts and participation in club events in our area so please come along and join in.

You do not need to have bees to be a member of the club – all you need to have is an interest in beekeeping and conservation.

As a new member you can learn as quickly or slowly as you wish. We have a full programme of events throughout the year, and during the summer months, members can attend the open apiary events at the training apiary where you can further improve your beekeeping skills.

Benefits of Membership

Support and advice from beekeeping experts
Practical demonstrations and visits to members’ apiaries
Free and subsidised Beekeeping courses
Free refreshments at meetings
Fortnightly Apiary Instruction Meetings in summer
Free borrow of beesuits/gloves at meetings
Beekeeping talks in winter
Free Monthly Newsletter
Free use of association equipment
Analysis of bees for disease at discounted prices
Free hive health check
Free use of Association library
Access to the S.B.A. Examination Syllabus
Purchase of frames, wax, jars and equipment at discount prices
Purchase of queen bees at discount prices
Purchase of nucleus of bees at discount prices
Advice on honeybee conservation and attracting pollinators into your garden
Purchase of beekeeping clothing from BB Wear at discount prices
Purchase of bee friendly plants/seeds (borage, phacelia, limanthes, wildflower) at discount prices.

Beekeeping courses

We run a series of beekeeping courses for the general public throughout the summer and will soon be starting courses for MBA members at various levels. See the courses page for more details.

Association apiary

MBA runs a training apiary, on farmland near Birnie, and we are grateful to Tarmac for their support with this.The apiary is used for courses, training, and soon to be introduced Queen rearing and bee breeding projects.

Fees
The Annual Subscriptions for members shall become due by 1st March annually, at which time they must be paid to the Treasurer. If subscriptions are not paid by 1st June, a late payment surcharge will be payable by Full, Full Concession (£3.00) and Youth members (£2.00).

There will be five categories of membership by subscription;

  • Full member – £12
  • Full Concession member (over 65s) – £7
  • Youth member (12-16) – £5
  • Junior member (6-12) – Free
  • Conservation Member – £10

The qualifying date for Full Concession, Youth and Junior memberships will be 1st January of the current year.

There is a joining fee of £5 for new Full or Full Concession members and lapsed members rejoining after a break in their membership.

If you would like to join us then download our application form here – Membership Form 2016

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