Trip to the Heather & BBQ

This year the MBA Trip to the Heather and Picnic will take place on Sunday 25th August 2019 and is open to members and guests.
We meet at the Glenfiddich Distillery car park, Dufftown, 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!
We will then have a BBQ at the Drummuir Estate nearby, so please let us know if you plan to attend so we can make appropriate arrangements for the BBQ.

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 2019

Heavily subsidised by the Scottish Rural Development Programme, Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund, these courses are aimed at beekeepers of all levels who wish to improve and will be held in various locations in Scotland.  Ifyou have a desire to learn 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 2019 – please find course descriptions and the booking form to these courses on the ‘Courses‘ page:

  • IPM/Adult Bee Diseases (Scotlandwell) – March 9/10
  • Swarm Control (Caithness) – April 13/14
  • Queen Rearing and Nucleus Creation (Elgin) – May 25/26
  • Intermediate Handling (Dumfries) – June 8/9
  • Advanced Colony Manipulations (Elgin) – July 20/21
  • Honey Bees, Plants and Balanced Nutrition (Newbattle) – August 10/11
  • Honey Bee Behaviour (Dalkeith) – September 28/29
  • Bee Farming – The Move from Hobbyist to Bee Farmer – November 23/24


SCIA draft constitution closed for consultation and in process for application

MBA members find the draft document in our ‘Constitution‘ section.

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.