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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.
JOIN MORAY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
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
HONEYBEE CONSERVATION PACK
“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.
MBA Honey Show 2017
It’s Honey Show time again on 21st October 2017. All members are asked to participate and entries are wanted for everything from honey through booze, beeswax and baking to stunning photographs! Entries are accepted from 10am to 12am and judging commences at 1pm that day. Please find the schedule including recipes here.
Scottish Beekeepers Association Tour 2017
This years talks to local beekeepers take place between 3rd and 11th October hosted by the regional beekeeper associations. Details of the talks with titles, dates and times, and location are found in our calendar.
The talk hosted by the MBA in Elgin takes place on Monday 9th October at 7pm in the Elgin Town Hall, speaker is Margaret Thomas MCSP NDB is giving a talk about ‘What motivates the bee to act as it does‘.
Profile of this years speakers:
Margaret Thomas MCSP NDB:
is an esteemed beekeeper achieving first BBKA Master Beekeeper, and then NDB certification in 1982. Margaret, from Essex, learnt her beekeeping under the tutelage of Ted Hooper in the 1970s. At Ted’s retirement, she joined the group of some 12 beekeepers led by Clive deBruyn discussing varying topics culminating in a two week stay with queen rearer John Keefus in Toulouse in France. The group spent the time grafting (with matchsticks), making fondant, filling mini nucs, putting them out for mating and placing mated queens in travel cages ready for the post. During her 39 years in Essex Margaret was an active member of the Essex Beekeepers and served on the CEC as Southend Delegate, Disease, and Examinations Delegate, and managed the Essex Honey (Barleylands) Show for a couple of years. She was awarded Life Membership of the Essex Beekeepers in 2010. Husband of 50 years, Dick, was Chairman of the CEC for some time.
Margaret’s experience includes being a retired Moderator of the BBKA Examinations Board, and tutoring for the BBKA Correspondence Course. As a Bee Farmer, she served on the committee of the organisation that represents commercial beekeepers in UK as Magazine, Minutes and Pollination secretary, the latter managing the placement of around 1000 hives in Kent on top fruit, and some hives on borage and oil seed rape north of the Thames. Margaret has lectured across England and Scotland and has been guest lecturer several times at the week’s course at Gormanston just north of Dublin, and Greenmount near Belfast.
Ted Hooper asked Margaret to update the disease section of his book Guide to Bees and Honey, and the Beginners Bee Book with the collaboration of Clive deBruyn. Both are a must on all beekeepers’ bookshelf.
Now retired with husband Dick in Scotland, Margaret is a Trustee of the Scottish Beekeepers Association, where her brief is all subjects related to hive products. Beekeeping as an amateur managing a mere 4 colonies in the fickle climate of Scotland is a new challenge for Margaret, who continues to teach beekeeping.
Tony Harris NDB:
INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING COURSES 2017
Moray Beekeepers were running 3 one day ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ courses in 2017, the dates being Sunday 7th May, Sunday 4th June and Sunday 2nd 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 £40 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.
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Full details on courses run by the MBA are given below.
INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING COURSES 2017
Moray Beekeepers will be running 3 one day ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ courses in 2017, the dates being Sunday 7th May, Saturday 4th June and Sunday 2nd July. The course takes 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 £40 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
BASIC BEEMASTER COURSE
(MBA Members only)
The Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA) Basic Beemaster Course will again be run in 2017. To take the assessment you must have owned and managed bees for 1 full season. There will be several classroom sessions at Spey Bay Hall with the remaining classroom sessions on following dates. There will also be two practical sessions at Birnie Apiary, with the actual assessments usually taking place in June or July.
You will be assessed by an SBA Assessor. It is both practical, assessing your ability to handle bees, beekeeping equipment and to interpret what you can see in the hive, and it is oral as you will be asked questions (on your own) to assess your understanding of basic beekeeping theory. It should not exceed 1 hour. The pass rate is 50% and if you want to take further modules you need a distinction which is a pass of 75%.
You need to complete an application form asap enclosing cash or a cheque made payable to the Scottish Beekeepers Association for £15 and return to Alan Riach, Woodgate, 7 Newland Avenue, Bathgate, EH48 1EE. You can also book and pay online by clicking here
There is also some useful information on that page including the syllabus.
To book a place on the course, or for further information, contact Tony Harris.
Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!
There will be a small charge of £20, payable to Moray Beekeepers Association to cover course material and room hire.
SBA MODULE EXAMS
(SBA Members only)
There are also opportunities for those of you who have already passed the Basic Beemaster to pursue your studies further through the SBA modules. The most recent study group helped support 6 MBA members to pass Module 1: Honeybee Management.
The next diet of module exams will be in November 2017 (you are too late for the March exams) and applications should be made directly to the SBA .
Further Introduction to Beekeeping courses will be run during the summer as well as a Honey Bee Health & Disease Day and a Queen Rearing & Nucleus Creation workshop, so watch this space for the latest information.