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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
beekeeping was for me. Continue reading “Ian Mackley”

Do you have dark native honey bees?

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.

For more information about the project, and how to participate, please visit the SNHBS website here, and here.

 

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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Scottish Native Honey Bee Society

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.

Scottish Native Honey Bee Society

Annual Meeting – Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross
Saturday 17 March 2018 at 10:00-16:00 Continue reading “Scottish Native Honey Bee Society”

Olya Macaulay

Meet the ADBKA Committee Members

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”

Skep-making workshop – November, 2017

‘The first bit is the hard part’, instructor Bryce Reynard announced as six ADBKA members gathered for a workshop in the noble art of skep-making.  The tables were covered in straw. Bales of string and alarmingly large needles were ready for use. Bryce had kindly brought along a collection of his work, and after he had introduced himself and his background in forestry and his own introduction to basket-making via a birthday present, the workshop started with a discussion of skep-making around the various part- and fully-finished examples.  The wide variety of possible materials, from straw to brambles, nettles, various grasses and so on, was of interest to everyone. Continue reading “Skep-making workshop – November, 2017”