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An exercise in converting a colony on National frames onto Smith frames. Note the packing strips to prevent the sideways movement that would happen with the Smith short lugs. Two days later the queen is now on the Smith frames and laying, with the eggs and larvae on National frames above a queen excluder.

Photographs of Beginners' session in the Gallery below.

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The Association can be contacted through the Secretary on dingwall.beekeeping@gmail.com

Our outdoor meetings are held for the benefit of Association members who are fully aware of and accept the risks involved. Potential beekeepers wishing to attend should contact the Secretary for advice and to be teamed with an experienced member. Clean protective clothing is required for all outdoor meetings, please ask for advice, the Group can provide some items. This is a precaution against the spread of varroa and disease from one apiary to another.

CALENDAR

Wednesday 24th July: Fairfield Apiary. 6.45pm for a prompt 7 pm start. Click on "MAP" page to locate Fairfield Apiary. Please bring a mug. Watch this space for news if there is a cancellation.

Recent events:

Saturday 6th June : a useful and informative meeting for absolute beginners who hadn't handled bees before. Not the best of conditions as the temperature was marginal.

Saturday 22nd June visit to Barbara Gray's apiary, Culbokie.

Saturday 15th June visit to Kay Liston's apiary at Lochcarron.

Saturday 18th May Beginners' Session at Fairfield Apiary.  A "theory" session due to the bad weather.

Wednesday 15th May at Pam Piercy's apiary at Findon Mills.

Saturday 11th May A very useful and enjoyable Beginners' Session at Arthur Hill's apiary at Fairfield, Orrin Bridge in perfect weather.

Wednesday 17th April AGM Dingwall Community Centre 

Wednesday 20th March "A year in the life of a beekeeper." Arthur Hill

Wednesday 20th February Graeme Sharpe spoke to us on "My method of beekeeping."  As usual he had lots of useful tips.

Wednesday 21st November Willie Robson once again shared with us his wide experiences of beekeeping.

Wednesday 17th October  A well attended Honey Show judged by Hamish Robertson, Struan Apiaries. Unfortunately not many photographs were worth displaying.


Memberships are renewed as from the April AGM. A membership/ renewal form can be found mid-way down the Library page.

Guests are welcome and we ask for a £2 donation.

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Some rather tentative viewing of lively bees!
Some rather tentative viewing of lively bees!
Some various bits of kit to examine and talk about.
Some various bits of kit to examine and talk about.
Donated as freebies to the Association.
Donated as freebies to the Association.


 

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