David Edes

Honorary Life Membership for the Hills and Piercys, for Pam it coincided with her first membership 48 years ago.

The equivalent of being awarderd OBeeeEeeees!

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

New password for Members (2024-2025) now in operation.



Tuesday 23rd - Angie is hosting 1 more meeting to support folk interested in taking the Basic Beekeeper Exam.

Thursday 25th -Olrig & District BKA in Caithness has invited us to their Swarm Prevention and Control Presentation by Phil Collett of Oor Bees. The zoom invitation was sent out by email.

Saturday 27th AGM of SBA - Spectrum Centre, Inverness. Our Association and Inverness-shire will co-host the event at the Spectrum Centre in Inverness. You do however have to register and you can pay £10 towards the lunch, teas,coffees and cakes (great value!). Register at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/sba/1150582# . We need to know catering numbers a couple of weeks before the event and if anyone would be willing to help on the day, please let Angie or myself know.The SBA AGM business will take place in the morning and we hope there will be up to 3 talks in the afternoon with something to interest all beekeepers. The Spectrum was chosen as the venue as it is located in the bus station, beside the railway station and car parks. 


Tuesday 14th and Wednesday/Thursday 29th/30th. The Association has been invited by RHET to provide educational sessions for some S1 children at Fortrose Academy on 14th May on Food and on 29th/30th May at the Black Isle Showground for Primary 5-7 on the Importance of Pollinators to Food Production. If any of you have any interest in this, either by way of expertise for the prep or enthusiasm on the day, please get in touch as help would be appreciated!

Friday 17th - Barbara Gray is running a session for Beginners at her Culbokie Apiary. 2pm Spaces are available.

Sunday 26th - Queen Rearing Session from Andrew Card in Balloch (max 12 members) Please get in touch with the Secretary if you would like to attend.

Friday 31st - Barbara Gray is running a session for Beginners at her Culbokie Apiary. 2pm Spaces are available.


Thursday 1st - Black Isle Show - volunteers will be required.

Friday/Saturday 23rd/24th - Black Isle Food and Drink Festival - volunteers will be required.


Saturday 5th - D&DBKA Honey Show - Munroes Nurseries, Munlochy.

The "Latest news" column will be regularly updated with what's new for the Association.

We will continue to keep you up to date with emails. Feel free to use our Facebook page to communicate with your fellow members.

Recent events:

Saturday 20th 10am-4pm at Culloden Baptist Church, Wellside, Balloch IV2 7GS. Andrew Card of Loch Ness Honey organised a visit from Abelo with their Equipment Trade Show. We were delighted with our reception at the Show, meeting members and prospective new members and spending more money than intended! Thanks, Andrew Card.

Wednesday 17th D&DBKA AGM St. Clements Church Hall 7.30pm. Angie ran a quiz to entertain us. 

Wednesday 20th March  Elizabeth and Bryce Reynard gave a talk on 'Hive Products Beyond Honey', both educational and entertaining, even to the extent of presenting a dead mouse (don't ask!) and a novel use of old brood boxes.

Sunday 3rd -  Lorraine Johnstone presented "The nuc method, an easy guide to control swarming". This included how to use nucs to produce comb and make an increase and improve your honey yield. 

Thursday 22nd February - a pleasant evening spent in the company of East Ross Beekeepers' Association listening to a presentation by Claire Gill on her role as Lead Bee Inspector. 

Wednesday 17th Ben Woodcock from the National Honey Monitoring Scheme (NHMS). 7.30pm. This was a Zoom meeting when Ben talked about the scheme and the residues which can be found in honey. Here is a link to the NHMS website if you would like a preview of what they do.  National Honey Monitoring Scheme (honey-monitoring.ac.uk)

Wednesday 6th December - Christmas Social with Bee(tle) Drive, Christmas punch and nibbles. An enjoyable evening for those that braved the weather conditions. Bill Fraser demonstrated his home-made bee-vac which generated plenty of discussion as did the items donated for Association funds. The Bee(tle) Drive was postponed until a future date.

Wednesday 15th November - Dr Stewart MacPherson gave a talk on "Allergy and Anaphylaxis". After refreshments Angie Dunn led a discussion on "Requeening methods" with members working in groups discussing the 4 proposed methods.

Wednesday 4th October - Honey Show 7.30pm  St Clements Hall, Dingwall. The judge was Enid Brown. This turned out to be the most successful and well-supported Honey Show for many years.

Memberships are renewed as from the April AGM. A link to the membership/ renewal form can be found on the "Joining the Association" page. A new password will be forwarded to you by the Membership Secretary.

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