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  • 07 October 2023 11:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Strap your hives down ahead of the winter storms so they don't end up as a "natural disaster" statistic in the surveys of winter losses. Some examples of good and bad practice, and the consequences of not battening down the hatches.

    Read More Here

  • 06 October 2023 11:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A recently introduced initiative by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) provides help and support for commercial and semi-commercial apiarists. To access the support you must be a BIBBA member and have at least one regular sales outlet, keep locally adapted bees and support the aims of BIBBA.

    For More Details Click Here

  • 05 October 2023 21:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    University of Birmingham researchers say the discovery has implications for our food security.


    Find out More on the BBC News Website

  • 04 October 2023 17:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For all you budding honey competitors, The Scottish Smallholder Festival is being held on Saturday 14 October at The Highland Hall, Ingliston and there is a small honey competition for you to enter.  To date they have received no entries and are most keen to recitify this situation. 


    Closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 8th October.  

    Here is the link for all the Festival information and how to enter:  Take me to the Festival Website

  • 04 October 2023 12:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The courses are aimed at beekeepers with experience who want to pass this on to others - a perfect fit for our mentors!

    Course participants should have gained their Basic Beekeeping Certificate (BB)

    The course is run over two days and will run from 09:00 - 17:00 on both days

    The course is subsidised by the SBA and Newbattle Beekeepers Association is willing to further subsidise the fee by £50 making the cost to an NBA participant £50.

    Places are very limited. To book a place contact Alan Riach Phone or text 07702 436612

    Book your place, pay the SBA fee of £100 and reclaim £50 from Newbattle Beekeepers Association

  • 03 October 2023 12:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The archive of the Scottish Beekeeper Magazine is now available online. It is in PDF format and is searchable in blocks of one year starting in 1924. It ends with the 2020 magazines if you are not a member of Scottish Beekeepers Association. If you are a member all editions are available via the members area of the website  

    Access the Public Archive via this Link

  • 02 October 2023 13:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A new veterinary medicine to treat for Varroa, ApiBioxal 44.2mg/ml solution, has recently been approved for use in the UK.

    It is a ready-to-use treatment based on oxalic acid in solution.

    View Product Details Here

  • 29 September 2023 10:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The next diet of module exams is on Saturday 18th of November, but you need to register to sit these exams by Saturday 30th of September

    There's a variety of topics for to choose from including the management of honey bees, their biology, behaviour, diseases and pests, to honey bee products and forage.

    Should you wish to find out more please use the link below

    SBA Module Exams


  • 28 September 2023 14:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Unfortunately for farmers, bee populations are under pressure, due to factors such as climate change, habitat loss and the use of pesticides. The European honeybee is also being badly affected by a parasitic mite called varroa destructor.

    Based on a moshav, or collective farm, in central Israel, Mr Sade is the founder of tech firm BloomX. He says that the company has found a way to mechanically pollinate crops in a similar way to bees.

    Find out More from the BBC News Website

  • 28 September 2023 14:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Inside this month's magazine:


    * Off the beaten track - hunting Asian hornets on the channel coast
    * Preparing hive products for the show bench - top tips from a top
       exhibitor

    * National Honey Show centenary - from Crystal Palace to Sandown Park
    2023 National Honey Show Programme
    * Mitey vibrations - detecting varroa's tiny footsteps
    * Inspections and bee farmers - an NBU health audit at a commercial
       apiary

    * From Ukraine to Slovenia - interview with a Ukrainian beekeeper
       attending IMYB

    * Shedding light on solitary bees - an interview with Ted Benton

    Read the October Issue Here

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