Trip to the Heather & Picnic

This year the MBA Trip to the Heather and Picnic will take place on Sunday 26th August 2018 and is open to members and guests.
We meet at the Alice Littler car park in Aberlour, at 11 am and will then drive to the heather site near Dufftown in 4 x 4 vehicles, a journey of approximately 15 minutes drive.
We shall car share for those who do not have 4 x 4 vehicles.
Scottish Expert Bee Master, Tony Harris NDB, will give a talk on taking hives of bees to the heather and we will hopefully be able to see full supers of delicious heather honey! Bring your bee suit and wellies!
This is a Bring and Share picnic, so please bring a contribution to the meal, savoury or sweet.(we will drive back to Aberlour for the picnic).

There will also be our special MBA monthly raffle and Tony will bring some heather honey to taste.


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.

The ‘Healthy BEES’ courses for 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



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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.