16 August 2022Laying worker - advice on how to handle the situation

At this time of the year you might have suspicions that a laying worker is present in the colony. You will find advice on how to handle this situation on the "USEFUL ADVICE" page.

12 August 2022American Foul Brood has been identified in the Huntly and Biggar areas.

12 August 2022Directions to Eathie - with photographs

The map is now up dated and includes photographs of 'junctions'.

12 August 2022Latest from Ann Chilcott - Beelistener well worth a read.

Her blog centres on "Emergency management of serious bee sting reaction."

23 July 2022Members Only page updated.

The committee meeting minutes for January and April 2022 are now available under [Members Only] "Minutes".

11 July 2022Thank you letter from an online class.


My name is Nicolas and I am an online teacher for an alternative learning program for kids. We were discussing pollinators when we came across your website www.dingwallbeekeepers.org/links.asp while looking for resources. We wanted to say thank you!

One of my students, Claire, did some research and she sent in this article with a lot of really great information on how to grow a bee-friendly garden. This is what she found -


I suggested that she share this with you because it had such great information we thought it could be useful to you and your other visitors. Would you please add a link to it to your web page for them, even if it is just for a little while? I want to show the increasingly large group of students that they can accomplish things if they aren't afraid to come out of their shells and simply ask, especially while being in so much isolation these days! Please let me know if you’d be willing to help so I can share the exciting news with them!
Thank you in advance! Nicolas Fuller

03 July 2022Scotland's new 10-year Honey Bee Health Strategy 2022-23

Scotland’s new 10-year Honey Bee Health Strategy 2022-23 has been published today [Thursday 30th June 2022].

The Strategy has been developed in conjunction with the Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP) and has taken into account the review of the previous strategy and the results of the SG honey bee health survey. 
Its main aim is “Working in partnership to achieve a healthy and sustainable population of honey bees in Scotland”.
The strategy details five pillars which will outline the ways of working which we will base our actions over the next 10 years:

 Education, Training and Knowledge Transfer

 Communication and partnership working across government, operational partners, stakeholders and all of those with an interest in honey bees in Scotland

Pest and Disease surveillance, prevention, diagnosis, and control

 Research and Development.

 On-going review of the regulatory framework

The Strategy will be the overarching document which will be accompanied by an Implementation Plan. This will be a ‘living’ document detailing more specifically the actions which the BHIP will deliver in order to achieve the desired outcomes for honey bee health in Scotland. The Plan will be updated regularly following quarterly BHIP meetings and published on the Scottish Government website on our Bee Health pages.

13 June 2022Scotland's new Bee Advisor - updated with pen picture of Lorraine

Pen Picture of Lorraine Johnston.

Dear colleagues,

As you will now hopefully be aware I am Lorraine Johnston, newly appointed by the SRUC as Scotland’s Bee Advisor, a post funded by the Scottish Government. My post forms part of the education pillar of the Honey Bee Health Strategy for improving bee health, through education, partnership and good beekeeping practices. I wanted to reach out to local associations as I believe you are essential to beekeeping education in Scotland. I wish to encourage everyone to join an association, the SBA/BFA and get a good, experienced mentor. I would also urge all your members to join beebase as the information available on beekeeping there is well researched and free. https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/   

I know local associations are key to promoting good practices, management, bee health and education. I wish to offer my assistance and advice to you so we can work together in partnership to build on the amazing work you all do already to improve beekeeping standards in Scotland. 

The role is a little different to the one Graham Sharpe had. After conversations within the Bee Health Team and the Bee Health Improvement Partnership we have decided that this role needs to have a more strategic approach to education and to work in closer partnership with the Bee Health Team in the Scottish Government. I am currently working with Claire Gill and Luis Molero on improving the education activities by our bee inspectorate.  I am still available for the traditional talks and lectures at associations. What I would really love to know is what you want? What do you feel would benefit your members and their bees? and do you have any new ideas on how to get these messages across?

Some of the projects I am already involved include: 

•            the Honeybee Health Strategy

•            the Varroa Working Group

•            the EFB plan

•            FAS TV working on links between beekeepers and farmers

Within the honey bee health strategy we are working on a specific action through the implementation plan which will look at beekeeping education within Scotland. The actions we will take will be based on the responses Scottish Government received to the survey they recently completed, the experiences of the Bee Health Implementation Plan and feedback from associations. 

My background is in secondary education particularly the National 5 NPA in beekeeping so I can help with any questions about that, and support associations involved. There will be an article in this month’s SBA magazine and Beecraft with more of my background and beekeeping experiences. I hope to provide a focused approach to education and training that suits associations needs today. I would like to see associations being supported to cascade their knowledge and experience to others. I will be at the SRUC stand at the Royal Highland Show on Thursday 23rd and Friday the 24th of June if you wish to come and say hello or get in touch to arrange a time for chat and a cuppa.

Remember that we are all here to help the beekeeping community. You can contact the Scottish Bee Health team, of which I am part, at the Bees Mailbox bees_mailbox@gov.scot or for education and technical questions, you can contact me directly at Lorraine.Johnston@sruc.ac.uk  

I will look forward to hearing from you and to supporting you in the future.

Kind Regards

Lorraine Johnston, SRUC. Bee Advisor. Email- Lorraine.Johnston@sruc.ac.uk Phone- 07795 919209

We are delighted to announce that Lorraine Johnston joins us as Scotland’s new Bee Advisor.
Lorraine takes over from Graeme Sharpe who took early retirement. We would like to thank Graeme for his great work over the years and wish him well for the future. [It is fascinating to think how few of our current members ever came across Graeme.]
While this is a SRUC post, it is funded by the Scottish Government and a key part of the role will be working in close partnership with the Scottish Government Honey Bee Health Team and the Lead Bee Inspector. As part of our Honey Bee Health Strategy, this role comes under the education pillar with the aim of improving bee health in Scotland.
In the coming months, Lorraine will influence the on-going restructure of our team, play a key role mentoring, developing and maintaining the high standards of our Bee Inspectors, be part of the Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP) and the Varroa Working Group.
Below are a few introductory words from Lorraine:
“Hi, just a wee note to introduce myself. I am very excited to have been appointed Bee Advisor by the SRUC and very much look forward to meeting and working with the Honey Bee Health Team. This is my dream job and if I can do half as good a job as Graeme did I will be very happy, they are big boots to fill.
My background is in Education having taught in secondary schools for almost 30 years. My main subject was Religious Moral & Philosophical Studies but I have also taught, Social Subjects, Psychology and more recently have been very involved with the introduction of the national 5 NPA in beekeeping in Scotland’s schools. I am chair of the South of Scotland Beekeepers association and have been heavily involved in beginners training. In my spare time I help my partner with his 50 beehives. Bee obsessed!”
Part of Lorraine’s role is also to provide advice to beekeepers, take technical queries and promote good beekeeping practices. Lorraine is now in post and her enthusiasm and beekeeping knowledge will be a great asset to the team and benefit to the beekeeping community.
Lorraine can be contacted by email at: Lorraine.Johnston@sruc.ac.uk

Best regards,
Scottish Government Honey Bee Health Team

31 May 2022MARKET PLACE web page updated

The surplus WBC equipment which was for ale for Association funds is now free to a good home as useful storage boxes for National frames - otherwise they will become kindlers!

We have moved from the "MEMBERS ONLY" page the two items relating to bees for sale and a custodian required for a colony of bees.

20 May 2022AFB in Blairgowrie area - see SBA report

Open the link here.

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