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  • Monday, August 05, 2019 16:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contributed by Helen Nelson


    Lunch over, off to the apiary - Phil Collett S of S Beekeepers Association far left

    Gerry, 2nd right, our driver for the day joined in the activities

    NBA members had a memorable day yesterday visiting South of Scotland Beekeepers Association Bee Space near Dumfries. A huge thanks to Phil CollettLorraine Johnston and John Mellis for making us very welcome and sharing their remarkable journey on creating their wonderful Bee Space facility. Lorraine also gave informative insight to her work at Annan Academy setting up and managing a juniors' Bee Club and pioneering the NP5 Beekeeping qualification for Academy students. Lorraine is a role model for others to emulate. A packed lunch and the usual amount of cake and biscuits having been consumed, we ventured into their enviable apiary to check out some colonies. I was particularly taken with the cute little Abelo hive where we saw the new queen which Phil duly marked. Thanks again and many congratulations SoS on your wonderful achievements. And .. the weather was perfect :-)

    In the Apiary - John Mellis, far right, Phil Collett, centre left & Gerry the driver, centre right . 

  • Thursday, August 01, 2019 09:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest update from Bees Abroad on their work in Zambia and Uganda is just in. Brief details are given here .

    The Zambia project is in Monze which is in the Southern Province close to Victoria Falls. It is in partnership with the Sustainable Rural Development Agency to train women in adding hive products to smallholding farm yields. Beekeeping typically increases family income by around 20% and the project is going well.  Stuart Andrews visited in April-May to check on progress with Phase 2 and plan the third phase of the project.

    Should you want to find out more about this work in Zambia read more Here 


    Supporting Young Beekeepers in Uganda

    Volunteer from Bees Abroad are sharing their skills with young people in Uganda, helping them to learn and build their own livelihoods. In Uganda 70% percent of the population is aged 24 or under and 83% of 15-24 year olds are unemployed.

    Working with Africa Ray of Hope Bees Abroad have recently completed a train the trainer course  with a youth group near Fort Portal.
    When the course started they already had five hives, but they were in a swamp, the combs were crossed and what they had learned about beekeeping was not adequate to make the most of the opportunities beekeeping brings. The first step was to improve the local beekeeping and help to establish a well-managed community training apiary.

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 10:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 07:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contributed by Helen Nelson

    A blast from the past! ....2 years ago yesterday we launched the fundraising programme "OUR BEES NEED YOU! and with courage, determination, resilience and great team working, the target was soon exceeded. Starting with a derelict WWII hut, and with the generosity and kindness of volunteer NBA members, family, friends, businesses and other contributors, the Newbattle Bee Academy was officially launched on 20 May 2018 (World Bee Day). SInce then it has been used as a learning space for beginner and experienced beekeepers alike, a meeting place for members and others, a training facility to deliver training courses and workshops, and while the NBA apiary is the beating heart, the Bee Academy is the buzzing hub of NBA activities. The NBA Committee thanks all contributors over the past 2 years for their amazing contributions of time, skills, financial and all other kinds of donations, and Newbattle Abbey College for being an encouraging and supportive partner over the years. We look forward to optimising all opportunities presented to teach more new beekeepers, provide continuous learning for all members and spread awareness of the importance of bees to our environment.

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 07:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

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    Pesticides are blamed for Russia's mass bee deaths, while French honey production is also down.

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