Membership of Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’ Association will benefit all local beekeepers – whether you are just planning to keep bees, a novice, an improver or an experienced beekeeper. It is also a sociable way of joining the local beekeeping community. We cover an area from Banff to Brechin and west along Deeside and Strathdon.
The best way to get into beekeeping is to complete our ‘Introduction to Beekeeping‘ course that runs in February-March each year. If at the end of the course you decide to try the craft and get bees, then join the Association at that point to access the further support and information you will almost certainly need. If you miss the course and don’t want to wait up to a year, then you could join the Association anyway, come to our events and start to learn a little about beekeeping that way.
ADBKA membership benefits include:
- Meetings, lectures and demonstrations:
- A series of practical demonstrations covering key basic activities – inspection, swarm control, varroa treatment etc, appropriately timed through the active season.
- Lectures, often online, in the off-season by invited speakers covering beekeeping and related subjects.
- An annual Honey Show held at the end of the season, around mid-October and often a one-day Convention in November
- Occasional workshops on activities such as skep-making or entering the honey show.
- Short courses, largely aimed at beginners and improvers, and support for those wishing to participate in the SBA education/examination/qualification system.
- Occasional social get-togethers or ‘bring and buy’ events.
- Participating in managing the Association’s own bees at our own Apiary, as a good way of building’ bee-time’ and receiving coaching from experienced beekeepers.
- Access to the wider membership and experienced beekeepers for advice and help.
- A monthly Newsletter and a Members’ Facebook Group if you wish to join it.
- Access to a range of relatively costly but infrequently used equipment, mostly for honey extraction and wax processing, for usually free loan.
- Access to the Association’s extensive beekeeping lending library. Books can be borrowed by post. On request, members can also borrow books from the national Moir Library owned by the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association.
Join Aberdeen & District Beekeepers’ Association:
The annual memberships are:
Household membership enables everyone in a household to participate in ADBKA events as if they are individual members. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. However, Household Members do not get a vote at the AGM.
To join the Association or to renew your membership please go to the ADBKA payments page.