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Who are we?

We are a small group of amateur beekeepers based in the Dingwall area but serving the Black Isle northwards to Evanton/Alness in the east and westwards to the West Coast of Ross-shire where we have members.

We meet on the third Wednesday of the month.   In the winter we meet in the Dingwall Community Centre at 7.45pm when we aim to have a speaker or film show.  In the summer we hold apiary meetings in the evening, commencing promptly at 7pm weather permiting! If there is a demand we hold on Saturday afternoons hands-on sessions aimed at potential and inexperienced beekeepers.

If you would like more information write to or e-mail our secretary . . . or just turn up at one of our meetings to learn more. Potential beekeepers are always welcome, all we ask is a donation of £2 towards expenses.

If, after reading the material on this web site, you are interested in joining the Association then you can download an Application Form by clicking here  and post it to the Treasurer/Membership Secretary, Julian Paren.

The President, Stuart Smyth can be contacted by phone on 01381 621822 and by email.

The Secretary, Ms. Sarah Smyth can be reached by email.

EDUCATION

With increased resources we can buy more educational material in the form of videos etc. for hiring out to members and even have a hired video available for each meeting which can stimulate discussion and an exchange of ideas. Beekeeping is not an exact ‘science’ or ‘craft’, but we can learn by each others experiences and be more informed beekeepers.

The Group holds an instruction manual and overhead transparencies which can be used for lectures. If anyone would like to see them with a view to developing some basic instruction courses please let us know. Those who have been on Graeme Sharpe’s courses will have seen that with the correct material, well prepared, there is no need to be making it up as you go along, all the information is on the screen ready to be repeated.

GROUP LIBRARY BOOKS & VIDEOS

Library books will be available to fully paid-up members from the library box during the winter. Members are asked to bring books with them to meetings. Books are normally available for loan for 3 months. To see a list of books currently held click here.
We now have a few videos available.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE A BOOK OR VIDEO WITHOUT FIRST LETTING THE LIBRARIAN KNOW.

For further details of the Association the following e-mail address will reach the Secretary, Sarah Smyth  dingwall.beekeeping "at" googlemail.com