Many of our Upcoming Meetings and Events scheduled to take place at the Bee Academy are now happening online using the Zoom meeting or webinar application.Check out our Latest News Updates or Event Detail listings below for further information
BeeBase is the Animal and Plant Health Agency's (APHA) National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and it supports Scotland's Bee Health Programme which sets out to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks. It incorporates all the apicultural information relating to the statutory bee health programme in England and Wales and since 2010 the Scottish programme. There are interactive maps, details of current research areas and advisory leaflets. Registered users can view their own apiary records, diagnostic histories and details.
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All ready and waiting for our guests to arrive
Litter picking in Lord Ancrum's Wood immediately before heading over to the Bee Academy
Newbattle Abbey College Junior Rangers’ (JRs) busy and fun day culminated in attending a talk at the NBA Bee Academy this afternoon. Keeping up with the outdoor theme and despite the rain Helen and Malcolm hosted the JRs outside talking about all things bees and used the NBA WiFi and laptop to share a few videos. Lots of interest and attention was shown and great questions asked. Honey tasting and ending the session with hot chocolate was warmly received. Some of the JRs will be moving up to Dalkeith High School when the new school year starts and will be seeking out teacher and NBA member Ross McGlade about the planned bee club and N5 certificate in beekeeping studies......
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The association has established a relationship with Dalkeith High School to assist with the establishment of an apiary at the school that will allow interested pupils to learn about the art and craft of beekeeping. Neil Rutherford is leading the project on behalf of the association and is working with Ross McGlade, a teacher at the school and also a member of the association to set up a school apiary and to act as mentor to Ross. The first colony took up residence on Saturday 18 July in a secure but very visible area of the school premises.
We are planning to set up a dedicated page on the website to bring you news of the latest developments. Watch this space!
An ideal location for the school apiary
Ross and Neil
The Hive awaits the transfer of the colony
News from the SBA
With the current restrictions and physical distancing measures, we have decided to cancel the following exams and events. The organisers will be in touch directly with applicants who have booked onto these, and will provide more details on the refunding of fees paid.
- Junior & Basic Beekeeping Practical Exams
Beginner beekeepers may find themselves struggling this year with the lack of practical advice and support. In an effort to help, Alan Riach and Fiona Dagge-Bell have kindly created a useful guide to providing 'Remote Mentoring for Beginner Beekeepers'. To download this guide please click here. Our practical series of beekeeping videos may also be of interest, to view these please click here.
Gilbert (Happy) O'Conner and Mike Duncan (The Pleasure Pirates), reworked and reworded this song especially for the fundraising Sundowner for Bees for Development, held 10th June 2020. Made famous by Dame Shirley Bassey, the song was originally written by Michael Julien and Al Timothy. Grab yourself a sundowner and enjoy...
A mid-17th century proverbial bee-keeper's saying:
Using Zoom is a way to reach out virtually and stay connected – especially as you are staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Watch the video by clicking on the image (right) to see and hear about the easy steps to join a Zoom call for the first time.
The Beekeeping Year - Summer check out the beekeeping tasks for the third month of the summer season by clicking on August (below left)
Consists of a leaf bract with some small yellow and white flowers which will turn into ‘berries’ hanging underneath the bract. Limes generally blossom in June and July. The fresh flowers have a sweet honey like aroma.
Lime Tree, Linden Tree, Tilia
Photos from inside a tree reveal the intimate lives of wild honeybees.
Unprecedented images show how the insects cook invaders alive, stay warm or cool, and socialise.
A Big Thank You to Myriam, Helen & David
At the association AGM held on 2 February, 2020 Martin Vevers, the newly elected Chairperson presented small tokens of appreciation to Myriam Baete who is standing down as Apiary Manager, Helen Nelson who served for four years as the association Secretary and David Hennessey who stood down from his role as Chairperson in October 2019.
Each received a hardwood board made from locally sourced timber and made by association member Michaela Huber. The boards are engraved with a Celtic bee which is used as part of the Newbattle Beekeepers Association logo.
Helen was later elected to serve as Vice Chairperson and Myriam & David were elected as Trustees for 2020.
Martin went on to present certificates to those members present who were successful in passing SBA Module Examinations in Apiculture. Martin was also successful in the examination he sat and his certificate was presented to him by Neil Rutherford, Study group leader.
Neil presenting Martin with his certificate
Annette and Ewan are one examination away from attaining all seven SBA Apiculture modules.
They are currently preparing to sit Module 8, their final module exam in
Should they be successful in that examination they will be awarded the Advanced Module Certificate to recognise having passed all 7 modules .
Ewan has started his preparations for the Intermediate Practical Certificate which will be followed by the Apiarean (advanced practical) Certificate. On attaining that, Ewan will be awarded the Expert Beekeeper Certificate.
Annette Evans & Ewan Mealyou
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Visit our Learn More page for further information on beekeeping and our many activities. You will find leaflets and articles covering a wide range of beekeeping topics and information on Newbattle Beekeepers Association & Bee Academy activities.
Newbattle Beekeepers Association (NBA) started in the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College (NBAC) in 2013 with 4 members of the Lamancha Beekeepers Association, established in 2010, and formerly based at Lamancha Organic Farm near West Linton. Through the dedication of its initial membership, the Newbattle Beekeepers' Association has grown to 80+ members and has become one of the foremost Scottish associations, trailblazing in the field of education for new and not so new beekeepers.
As well as supporting the more experienced beekeeper, NBA operates with a strong emphasis on training new beekeepers to become certified Scottish Beekeeping Association (SBA) Basic Beekeepers following a full-year practical training programme involving caring for and maintaining a colony of bees in a dedicated hive. Find out more about the programme Here
The course participants join as members of the association through referral, or from having completed the Introduction to Beekeeping classes sponsored by and held at Newbattle Abbey College and delivered each year over a 6 weeks' period in late Spring and Autumn.
We also offer a programme of lectures, visits, demonstrations and other practical activities related to the craft of beekeeping.
In May 2018, on World Bee Day we launched Newbattle Bee Academy to promote the art and craft of beekeeping and as a resource to be used by the community.
On 28 August 2019 the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) entered the association in the Scottish Charity Register. This means that Newbattle Beekeepers Association now has charitable status under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. Our charity number is SC049575.
As a registered charity we are required to supply a copy of our constitution to anyone who asks for it. You can read and download a copy Here
We are also required to supply a copy of our annual accounts (January - December 2020). Request a copy Here
Why You'll Love Keeping Bees
Is Beekeeping For Me?
If you like thriving gardens, biology, nature, and helping the community and environment, keeping bees can be a deeply satisfying hobby.
As you've no doubt heard and read, pollinators are experiencing unprecedented decline. The reasons are many, but interest in beekeeping is growing because of it. One way to provide garden and community pollination is by keeping honeybees. Hive by-products are a major bonus. Honey for eating and cooking and wax for candles, balms and other products.
Learning the Craft
Successful beekeeping calls for an ability to handle bees with gentleness and firmness, and without fear. The good beekeeper will train to become keenly observant, capable of making quick and accurate diagnosis, and be alive to the needs of their bees. The intending beekeeper is advised not to acquire bees until they have had an initial period of preparation in the elements of the craft. this can be done by handling bees under supervision. Newbattle Beekeepers Association gives the aspiring beekeeper the opportunity of meeting experienced local beekeepers and the benefits offered by the association including hands on training delivered through Newbattle Bee Academy
About Honey Bees
"The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams"
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau lived for two years, two months, and two days by Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. His time in Walden Woods became a model of deliberate and ethical living. His words and deeds continue to inspire millions around the world who seek solutions to critical environmental and societal challenges.