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  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 09:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Announcement from David Wright issued - 17 March

    Yesterday’s government statements have increased the precautions proposed to limit the spread of Coronavirus.

    As a result, and In line with the BBKA, the SBA has decided that the Module examinations scheduled to take place

    on Saturday 21 March will be cancelled.

    We are very conscious that candidates have put a great deal of time and effort into preparing for the exams, but we do not wish to put them and invigilators at risk for an activity which is not essential.

    All fees and applications will be valid until March 2021.

    We are sorry that events have turned out this way and are most grateful for all the understanding and patience that you've shown.

    If you have any queries, please contact me by email or by telephone 0131 552 3439 or 07790 215 867

    David Wright

  • Monday, March 16, 2020 11:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From David Wright, SBA

    This is a note for all who are planning to take the SBA module exams on Saturday 21 March and those who are planning to invigilate.

    As the Coronavirus epidemic develops, the UK and Scottish Governments have issued a number of proposals to slow spread and to deal with the consequences of increasing involvement of the population. However, at the time of writing none of these actually affect the module exams. We are aware of the amount of preparation by candidates and are reluctant to cancel the exams unnecessarily. Thus, the papers and instructions have been sent out to invigilators in readiness for the exams next Saturday.

    However, we recognise that circumstances may very well change in the next week and will offer advice accordingly

    We also recognise that individual areas of the country may face difficulties with invigilators or exam arrangements and some venues may have to be cancelled. We are also clear that candidates will wish to make their own decisions and that some may prefer to stay away. In view of these circumstances, it has been agreed that any candidates who do not sit their module exam in March will automatically receive a free transfer of their entry to November.

    Please let me know if you can think I can be of help. My home telephone number is 0131 552 3439 and mobile 07790 215 867. I would very much appreciate being kept informed (by email or telephone) of any change in arrangements planned by candidate or invigilator.

    David Wright 15 March 2020

    All should be aware of the role of coughing and sneezing in the spread of disease and the need for frequent hand washing. There is up-to-date information at includes the need for self-isolation if you have any flu like symptoms such as high temperature and a new persistent cough.

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 17:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contributed by David Hennessey

    A huge thanks to everyone who got their hands dirty today.

    It was cold and a little wet but it didn’t dampen the spirits of those who came to help.  
    TEAMWORK! at it highest level....but fun also, thanks once more.

  • Wednesday, March 04, 2020 15:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    #biodiversity is one of the greatest challenges we face today. Check out the CAF webinar on what can be done to reverse this trend. #WorldWildlifeDay

    What Can We Do About Biodiversity Loss? 

    Click on the link to listen to the webinar

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 16:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A group of women in #BurkinaFaso who previously struggled to provide for their families now hope to triple their average earnings through #sustainable beekeeping. And are teaching other women in their community how to do the same.

    Click to find out more!

    CAF Linkedin post - empowering-women-through-beekeeping 

  • Sunday, February 09, 2020 19:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Large parts of South and East Australia have been ravaged by wildfires. The destruction of natural habitats has great impact for Australian beekeepers who produce 70-80% of their honey from forests. There is some positive news: hive losses were minimised by the fast work of beekeepers who moved ahead of the fires and shifted bees outside of harm's way. People from Beechworh Honey have helped beekeepers relocate hives to safe areas, away from fire risk. Beechworth are supporting Australia's registered charity for bees, the Wheen Bee Foundation. You can donate to their Bee Rebuild and Recovery Fund


  • Sunday, February 09, 2020 19:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    See the Photographs Here 

    The photographs were taken inside a tree and reveal the intimate lives of wild honeybees. These unprecedented images show how the bees cook invaders alive, stay warm or cool, and socialise.

  • Sunday, February 09, 2020 14:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

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    The story of the woman at the centre of an Oscar-nominated film has struck a chord around the world.

  • Saturday, February 08, 2020 07:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

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    "Climate chaos" has caused widespread losses of bumblebees across continents, experts say.

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