The ADBKA Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, 24 March, at Kinellar Hall. Any member wishing to make a nomination for the committee should notify the secretary at least a week before the AGM, having first obtained consent from the person concerned for their name to go forward.
The Scottish Native Honey Bee Conservation Project
The Scottish Native Honey Bee Society is asking beekeepers in Scotland to help find examples of the native honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera.
If you think you have dark bees with no significant orange banding, please consider taking some good photos and submitting them to the SNHBS survey.
ADBKA members interested in our native honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, may be interested in attending the Scottish Native Honey Bee Society’s annual meeting at Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross on Saturday 17 March 2018 at 10:00-16:00.
Annual Meeting – Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross
Saturday 17 March 2018 at 10:00-16:00 Continue reading “Scottish Native Honey Bee Society”
Each year Aberdeen Beekeepers run a series of evening classes intended for beginners. The classes are open to all, and there is no obligation to become a beekeeper or to join the association afterwards. Some people just want to learn more about the fascinating world of the honey bee. However, those who do wish to progress will be given sufficient knowledge and practical skills to start on this popular hobby in a way which is both enjoyable and mindful of the bees’ needs.
The ADBKA Annual General Meeting is on 24 May this year and all members will be welcome. As is customary, the roles of Office Bearers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) are up for re-election. Last year’s Chair, Graham Torrie, and Secretary, Rosie Crighton, will not be standing again.
Any member can put themselves forward for nomination. Contact Rosie if you are interested (01224 791181) .
We are also looking for a few enthusiastic beekeepers to join the committee as Trustees of ADBKA. We will give preference to members who have kept bees for some time and who would like to be involved in the running of one of Scotland’s largest beekeeping associations. This will require active participation in running and organising events or becoming part of the core crew at the apiary.
Contact David Morland (07768244420) if you are interested.
From John Durkacz:
As spring slowly arrives I write to ask if you could inform your members of this overwinter colony survival survey. The survey questionnaire and explanatory sheets are attached in 3 different formats (older Word, new Word, and PDF). Responses should be in by the end of April. There will be reminders in the magazine and the SBA website as we hope to have as many returns as possible in this final survey.
The accumulation of 6 years of data from this Dundee / SBA collaboration will be assessed by independent experts after the collection of the Spring 2017 data which will look at geographical, weather, reported Varroa load and land use factors and their effects on our bees.
Many thanks for your help,
John E Durkacz
[Photo: Ian Mackley]
by Gavin Ramsay
Arrangements for the start-up meeting of the Scottish Native Honey Bee Society on 1 April are now in place. Continue reading “Scottish Native Honey Bee Society”