SBA Lecture Tour

Reading Bees

Dan Basterfield

Friday 7 October 2016 at 7pm
Kinellar Community Hall
Blackburn AB21 0SS

Don’t miss the visit by this year’s SBA Touring Lecturer, Daniel Basterfield, NDB.  Daniel grew up with beekeeping around him, earning pocket money by clipping and marking queens. Having spent 15 years working in large companies, he returned to the family beekeeping business in Devon, expanding the business and building a brand new Honey Farm. He is a member of the Bee Farmers Association, holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping, and is a BBKA Master Beekeeper and Examiner. He runs 120-140 double-brood Modified Commercial hives, migrating between various farm crops in East Devon, and raises queens for prolific, productive and healthy qualities. Outside of the beekeeping season, Daniel undertakes teaching for the BBKA and NDB, for which he has developed a number of training courses.

For more information about the SBA lecture tour, click here.

SBA Tartan Weekend and Beekeeping Convention

SBA Beekeeping Convention will be held in Elgin this year on 9-11 September.  This is an excellent opportunity for us in Aberdeenshire to attend this year’s convention which will have  international international speakers, fantastic workshops, trade exhibits and great entertainment across the whole weekend. Continue reading “SBA Tartan Weekend and Beekeeping Convention”

Clive de Bruyn and Steve Sunderland study day

ADBKA is hosting a study day on Saturday 27 August (9:30am to 4:30pm) at Kinellar Community Hall, Blackburn, AB21 0SS.

Clive de Bruyn will talk about what hobbyist beekeepers can learn from professional and commercial beekeepers and beekeeping in the Caribbean.

Steve Sunderland will give us updates on current issues affecting beekeepers in Scotland.

Booking is essential as places are limited.  Please send a £10 fee as a cheque made payable to ADBKA, or as cash, to Rosie Crighton, 29 Marcus Crescent, Blackburn Aberdeen, AB21 0SZ, with name, address any special dietary requirements and SAE for return of tickets.  The fee  includes refreshments and light lunch and delegate pack.

[This ADBKA event is also listed in the Diary.]

BIBBA Conference 2016

BIBBA Conference 2016 will be held on 20-22 September on the Isle of Man.

Three full days of quality international speakers with lectures on many aspects of beekeeping: from beginner to expert there will be excellent content for all of us to improve our beekeeping.  Disease occurrence and spread and future threats to our bees are high profile; now is the time to focus on breeding from the best, locally, for less defensive, robust stocks of honey bees.

Where better than a conference with like-minded beekeepers?  Speaker profiles, lecture content summaries and booking are all now available online, links below.  Please take a look and whatever you do don’t miss the Early Bee prices, available now. Large choice of accommodation, conference dinner, lots to see, so why not extend your visit?  See you there!

“This weekend’s conference was excellent and more than met expectations – I hope this sets the standard for future UK beekeeping events and look forward to the next one!” ~ Delegate feedback Llangollen 2014.

Direct interactive links

Website with full details

Trisha Marlow, Publicity Officer, BIBBA

[Randy Oliver (photo above), known to many through his Scientific Beekeeping website, will be talking each day.]

Get hands-on at ADBKA’s Crathes Apiary

Would you like to get involved in running our apiary at Crathes Castle this year? We’re looking for volunteers who are prepared to give up a couple of hours from 10am to midday on Sunday mornings to manage our stocks and generally maintain our apiary facilities.

Don’t worry if you’re just starting out, we’ll ensure that there’s always a mix of experienced beekeepers and beginners.

If you’re interested, email me at, or
call me on 013398 82038.