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MBA spring working party

MBA members are invited to join our working party on 09 March 2019 to get our apiary ready for the new season. We meet from 11am in the apiary. If interested to join or have any queries please email Alan MBA Winter Talks 2018/19

Please come along to our MBA Winter Talks, we have been planning 4 talks this winter season, the dates are Tuesdays nights, the 23 October, 27 November 2018,  29 January and 26 March 2019. 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 26 March Tony Harris is giving his talk.

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

Introduction to Beekeeping Courses 2019

Moray Beekeepers will be running again 3 one day ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ courses in 2019, the dates being Sundays 5th May, 2nd June, and 7th July. The courses take place at our training apiary near Elgin and run from 10am till 4pm.

Please find more details about the courses and booking opportunities on our MBA course page.

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 – tba

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.

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