From David Morland, ADBKA Chair: I learnt recently that my Grandfather was the first bee scientist at Rothamsted and one of the founder members of the International Bee Research Association (IBRA). His books and papers… More
Blackburn 13th May 2017 [edited]
by Malcolm Watson
On 13th May, Steve Sunderland (head of the Scottish bee inspection team) and personnel from the Scottish Government, SASA, SRUC, and the SBA visited Aberdeen to present a bee health awareness day. The event was attended by 36 local beekeepers representing ADBKA, Kemnay, and Moray Associations.
Often neglected IPM Strategies against Varroa
By Dr. Ewan Campbell
The mantra of pest control in any livestock / cultivated crop or invasive species is integrated pest management (IPM). It is a holistic approach that draws on a range of different control methods to keep the numbers of a pest at a minimum. We, as beekeepers should be well aware of IPM when considering how to manage that most persistent of bee pests, the Varroa mite.
Saturday 17 June, 10am until 4pm
Kinnellar Hall, Blackburn AB21 0JQ
Everybody is welcome to join the conference and learn more about recognising and rearing better bees.
My father adored honey and kept bees when I was a child although I only have a memory of that. I had never considered keeping bees and actually do not even like honey.
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”