The Association runs a series of lectures aimed at new or would-be beekeepers (but of interest to everybody) in early spring.

In season, volunteers work at the Crathes apiary on Sundays between 10:00 am and 12:00 am.  Please always contact Naomi Adams, the Crathes apiary manager, before visiting the apiary.

Royal Highland Show

Thursday, 21 to 24 June 2018

Apiary Visit – Queen Rearing
by Murray McGregor

Saturday, 30 June – Blairgowrie at 2pm
(or meet earlier at 1pm for a picnic before the event)

Places are limited.  If you would like to go, please register your interest
by emailing David Morland at  Preference will be given to ADBKA members.  Full details will be notified by email on Sunday 24th June.

Beechgrove Garden Visit
by Mairi Rattray

Thursday, 19 July 2018 at 7pm
Easter Ord

£3 charge per person, payable on the night – this includes tea and biscuits.

Because this event is likely to be popular we are taking bookings by email – please apply as soon as possible to Malcolm (

As there is limited parking, members are requested to car-share – at least two people per car please.

Demonstration – Disease Inspection
by Kirsty Sutherland

Saturday, 28 July 2018
Crathes Apiary, Banchory AB31 5QJ

Turriff Show

Sunday, 5 August to Monday, 6 August 2018

Volunteers wishing to help on the show, please contact David Morland.

Social Event with Barbeque
by Joan Gilbert-Stevens

Saturday, 11 August 2018
Muir of Fowlis (details to follow)

SBA Convention
Glasgow and District Beekeepers’ Association Centenary 1918-2018

Keeping Bees Well

Saturday, 22 September to Sunday, 23 September

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
232-242 St Vincent Street
Glasgow G3 4RJ

Clive de Bruyn
Margaret Murdin
Margaret Lear

Tickets are on sale now.

Demonstration – Winter Preparations
by Malcolm Watson

Saturday, 29 September 2018 at 2pm
Crathes Apiary, Banchory AB31 5QJ

The SBA 2018 touring lectures – Marin Anastassov

Nutritional requirements of honey bees and supplemental feeding

Friday, 5 October 2018  at 7:30pm
Kinellar Hall, Fintray Road, Blackburn, AB21 0JQ

Marin Anastassov will visit Aberdeen as part of his autumn tour around the country.  Marin is a master beekeeper and currently, amongst other accolades, a Trustee of Gloucestershire Beekeeping Association.

Honey Show

Saturday 20 October 2018
Kinellar Hall, Fintray Road, Blackburn, AB21 0JQ

SBA Exams

Saturday, 10 November at 10am
(Venue to be announced)

ADBKA Convention with Social Evening

Saturday 17 November
(Venue and more details to follow)

Lecture – Insect and Bird Photography
by Bob Humphreys

Saturday, 1 December at 2pm
Kinellar Hall, Fintray Road, Blackburn, AB21 0JQ