Visit to Denrosa Apiaries

By Ian Mackley

After last month’s report on the Queen Rearing course [see the June 2018 Newsletter, page 3], I seem to be at risk of becoming ADBKA’s special correspondent on queen rearing. Of course, like many journalists, I can write about a subject but am so far much less adept at actually doing it!

Well over 20 ADBKA members enjoyed glorious weather as we visited one of Murray McGregor’s queen rearing apiaries at his home near Coupar Angus. Murray owns and runs Scotland’s largest commercial beekeeping operation – Denrosa – and has an extensive queen rearing programme to support his 3,000 production hives.

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Ian Mackley

Meet the ADBKA Committee Members

17-08 Iceland 620_edit-1Twenty years ago, if anyone had said I’d become a beekeeper I would have thought they didn’t know me very well.  It would never have crossed my mind or compared with my other interests.  Then one day my daughter came home from junior school with a children’s book about honeybees. That caught my wife’s attention and she found out about, and started to attend, the ADBKA introductory course. However, she wasn’t so keen on diseases and pests so I said I would attend that week so that we at least had the knowledge in the house. I ended up completing the course (and in fact did it all again the following year), but although I was interested I still wasn’t entirely sure
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The AGM, the Quaich, and honey

Barbara 4Our annual meeting on 27 April was a mixed event of Association matters, a celebration of Barbara Cruden’s contributions to our Association, and two talks about honey, honey, honey.

David presented Barbara with the Association quaich as a thank-you from all of us for all her generous contributions to the Association.

In our February newsletter John Cooper, a previous ADBKA Chair, wrote: Continue reading “The AGM, the Quaich, and honey”

Graham Torrie – Local Association Award

We are pleased to announce that at the SBA AGM on 18 March, Graham Torrie was presented with the SBA’s “Local Association Award”.  This is awarded to beekeepers for recognition of the quality of their contribution within their Local Association, and for their active promotion of the art of beekeeping in the environment of that Association.

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Olya Macaulay

I come from the Caucasus region of southern Russia – from the resort town of Sochi which has a sub-tropical climate and is not like the frozen north that people associate with Russia. In the Caucasus region beekeeping is very popular and there are many large-scale bee-farms where they harvest honey and breed bees for export around the world. My parents are honey lovers and still buy it in 3 kg jars, which is a traditional container in Russia for many products. In recent years I have taken Aberdeenshire heather-honey to my parents and other family members in Sochi which they enjoyed.  On one trip to Sochi, I carried 15 kg of honey to the great shock and amusement of customs officers. [Read more about the trip in the January 2018 Newsletter.] Continue reading “Olya Macaulay”

Sandy and Lilian Gordon

Meet the Members

This is a series of articles first published in our newsletter and based on interviews by Lindsey Macauley with Sandy and Lilian Gordon.

Introduction

by Lindsey Macauley

Sandy and Lilian Gordon have been active and supportive members of the association and are some of the most recognised members. Today they continue to offer their services to house association loan equipment and offer their advice to beekeepers who call in.

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