Next regular hive inspections with members able to attend is on Sunday 24th July in the Birnie training apiary from 11:00am.


Congratulations for passing the SBA Basic Beekeeping Certificate with “Distinction”!

We congratulate our three members Elaine Harding, Ricky Weston, and Andy Meynell, who did a brilliant job and all passed on Sat 9 July 2022 their SBA Basic Beekeeping Certificate with “Distintion”! Well done for all your hard work and to John Gifford who prepared and steered them through the theory for this exam. A big thank you also to the examiners Bryce and Elizabeth Reynard and Fred Millwood, all Scottish Expert Beemasters, who came to Birnie for the exams.


Elaine & Liz/Bryce


Ricky & Fred


Andy & Bryce





MBA Monthly members meeting – next members meeting 14 August 2022

Unfortunately our next official monthly members meeting on 10 July 2022 had to be cancelled with no inspections on this and the following weekend!
Please find below the dates for our following official member meetings in the Birnie training apiary. We meet at 10:45 to start inspections at 11am and welcome you again to join us there to help with the inspections, or just have a chat over a tea or coffee and some cake or cookies, meet fellow beekeepers for inspirational discussions, get or give advice, and enjoy the time.

Dates for the official members meetings are the following Sundays @ 10:45 for 11am start:

  • 12th June
  • 10th July
  • 14th August


Weekly hive inspections – invite for our MBA members to join the duty beekeepers

We invite all members to join us for our weekly hive inspections on a Sunday, either to help us with the inspections or just watch, whatever you feel comfortable with. It is an ideal opportunity for new and less experienced beekeepers to get some hands-on experience under the guidance of our duty beekeepers, but we are also looking for experienced beekeepers who would wish to join as a duty beekeepers and help with the weekly inspections. Starting times might vary depending if we have training courses running and time will be advertised on here and on Instagram.

Next regular hive inspection is on Sunday 24th July in the Birnie training apiary from 11:00am.

We are also looking for experienced beekeeping MBA members who would be interested to help out occasionally with the inspections as duty beekeepers. Please contact Mike if you are interested to help out.


Sustainable Bees: Global Environmentalist, Sir Tim Smit, shares his thoughts on NatBIP

BIBBA is now taking forward their flagship National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) into its next phase and, as part of this want to promote their message about native honey bees and bee improvement to a much wider audience.  Sir Tim Smit (from the Eden Project) offered to help to promote that message through this short video. Although he is not a beekeeper himself, he is an environmentalist of global standing and has been a long-standing supporter of our aims and objectives. He has helped to establish reserves for the
native honey bee at both the Eden Project and at the Lost Gardens of Helligan in Cornwall.
Link to the video


AFB/EFB Reminder – Scottish Bee Inspectorate

With the recent cases of AFB in the Edinburgh (1) and St Andrews (2) areas, the Scottish Government Bee Inpsectorate have issued a reminder to all Scottish beekeepers, which can be read in full by clicking here.


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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.