DWF/FBA Joint winter programme  for 2016/17  

DWF/FBA  Joint winter programme  for 2016/17  

DWF and Joint meetings take place at Portmoak Hall 7.30pm

06.10.16 DWF          Dan Basterfield              Foraging Behaviour
13.10.16 FBA DAIRSIE Margaret Thomas                  Manual Handling
20.10.16 Joint Training for Basic Beekeeping Certificate – 1 – Enid
27.10.16 Joint Training for Basic Beekeeping Certificate – 2 – Janice
03.11.16 DWF         Joyce Nisbet –              Observation Hives
10.11.16 FBA DAIRSIE Gavin Ramsay              Scottish Native Bee society
17.11.16 Joint Meal – Grouse and Claret. Booking essential.
24.11.16 Joint Training for Basic Beekeeping Certificate – 3 – Margaret Thomas
01.12.16 DWF       Margaret Ginman –             The Bee Farmers
08.12.16 FBA DAIRSIE Dr Gavin Ballantyne       Weird and Wonderful Pollintors 
15.12.16 Joint Training for Basic Beekeeping Certificate – 4 – Margaret Thomas
22.12.16 Christmas Holidays
05.01.17 DWF       Phil McAnespie        (tba)
12.01.17 FBA DAIRSIE Bron and Dave Wright                          Bees and Trees
19.01.17 Joint Beginners Class 1 – Enid.  Introduction. Structure of the course. Talk from Martin Kay
26.01.17 Joint Beginners Class 2 – Janice.  Occupants of the Hive
02.02.17 DWF Question Panel
09.02.17 FBA DAIRSIE speaker Anne Chilcott, ‘At the Hive Entrance’.  
16.02.17 Joint Beginners Class 3 – Enid.  Disease.  Breakout discussion
23.02.17 Joint Beginners Class 4 – Enid. Opening a hive- How, When & Why
02.03.17 DWF AGM followed by talk on Selling Honey – Enid.  Refreshments
09.03.16 FBA DAIRSIE AGM followed by talk on Selling Honey – Enid.  Refreshments
16.03.17 Joint Beginners Class 5 – Enid.  Building frames and hives
23.03.17 Joint Beginners Class 6 – John D.  Autumn and Winter
30.03.17 Joint Beginners Class 7 – Janice.  Spring and Summer
06.04.17 DWF Easter Holidays/ BBKA Spring convention week
13.04.17 Joint


Enid     Swarm Control   Everybody – especially beginners and new beekeepers
20.04.17 Joint Beginners Class 8 – John D. Apiary locations, Stings.  Film – The Bee Tree
27.04.17 Joint Beginners Class 9 – Film on general beekeeping.  Breakout discussion




All Meetings begin at 7.30 pm sharp, except

 Beginners class 1  19/01 which is 6.30 for registration


Other important dates

08.10.16 Fruit Festival, Perth
08/09.10.16 Botanics Apple Day, St Andrews
11.10.16 Perth  & D. BKA  Question Panel
27-29.10.16 National Honey Show, Sandown Park, London
19.11.16 SBA Members Day, Dewars Centre, Perth
26.11.16 SBA Committee Meeting
10-11.03.17 Ulster Beekeepers Conference, Greenmount
06-09.04.17 BBKA Spring Convention, Harper Adam

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Program winter 2016


Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire


Please see the following message from the SBA Scientific Officer.

Today the National Bee Unit confirmed that Asian hornet workers have been positively identified in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. A 3-mile surveillance zone has been established and teams of bee inspectors are endeavouring to locate and destroy nests in the area.

This is the first confirmed detection of Asian hornet on the UK mainland. Earlier this year Asian hornets were confirmed on the Channel Islands.


See this link for identification pictures. The earlier photo was of an Asian Giant Hornet which was inserted in error and is now removed.



There is no immediate threat to honey bees in Scotland but the confirmation of this pest in the UK is a serious cause for concern. At this stage we are uncertain how far north this pest will thrive.

Gavin Ramsay
SBA Scientific Officer