MBA Winter Talks 2019/20
Please come along to our MBA Winter Talks, we have been planning 4 talks this winter season, the dates are Tuesdays nights, the 22 October, 19 November 2019, 21 January and 24 March 2020. 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 21 January 2020 Alan Riach is giving the next talk in our winter talk series with the title ‘A Night Under the Microscope’. Alan is a Scottish Expert Beemaster, President of the Scottish Beekeepers Association and he runs the SBA examination syllabus.
Examining honey bees under the microscope will open up a wonderful new world for you so come along and be amazed by some brilliant photographs of bees, pollen and other beasties under the microscope.
Please check our calendar for more details and more future events.
Introduction to Beekeeping Courses 2020
Moray Beekeepers will be running again 3 one day ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ courses in 2020, the dates being Sundays 10th May, 7th June, and 5th 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 2020
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 (plus an online booking fee) per 2 day course and includes teas, coffees, lunch, handouts and use of consumables where applicable.
The ‘Healthy BEES’ courses for 2020 – please find course descriptions and the booking form to these courses on the ‘Courses‘ page:
- IPM/Adult Bee Diseases (Scotlandwell) – March 14/15
- Swarm Control (Fort William) – April 11/12 SORRY SOLD OUT
- Queen Rearing and Nucleus Creation (Elgin) – May 30/31
- Advanced Colony Manipulations (Newbattle) – June 13/14
- Intermediate Handling (Aberdeen)) – July 11/12 SORRY SOLD OUT
- Honey Bees, Plants and Balanced Nutrition (Dumfries) – August 15/16
- Honey Bee Behaviour (Perth) – September 19/20
- Bee Farming – The Move from Hobbyist to Bee Farmer
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.