Details of our monthly meeting speakers and subjects and other events throughout the season.

More beekeeping dates can be found on the SBA Diary Page




Previous Listings:

2012 - 2013 Season

Our programme is as follows:



27 September


"Report on Season"

- Chaired by Alastair
25 October

"Bee Communication"
- Gavin Ramsay

29 November

- Charlie Irwin



31 January


 "AGM, Quiz and Social Night"

28 February

 "Bee Diseases"
- Graeme Sharpe

28 March

 "Producing Honey For Sale"
- Ian Craig

25 April 

"Conservation of The Native Honey Bees"

- Jim McCulloch

30 May
"Members Evening"




Previous Meetings



26 January



 "100 years of the SBA"

- Una Robertson, Edinburgh

23 February

"Making the most of honey and wax"
- Bron and David Wright, Edinburgh

22 March

 "Setting up an apiary"
- Members event

19 April   

" Introduction to Beekeeping"

- An evening for non-members to find out about the basics of beekeeping.  A visit to an apiary will be organised for the following weekend.  £6 per head. 

26 April
"The Season Ahead"
- Graeme Sharpe, SAC Auchincruive





27 January


- Fran McCulloch talking on bee products, followed by a social night.

24 February

"The Native Dark Bee"
- John Durkacz, Fife

24 March

 "The year in the apiary and colony management"
- Ian Craig, Renfrewshire

28 April
"Spring Preparations"
- Margaret Thomas, Perthshire

26 May

Members question and answer session

23 June


A review of the season so far

22 September


Review of the past season

27 October

"Beekeeping and bee products"
- John Taylor, Dunkeld     

24 November

"How honeybees see the world"
- Phil Moss, Oban






21 January


- Apimondia French Night

25 February

"History of the Hive"
- Alan Riach

25 March

 "Nucs: How to make and use them"
- Inhouse DIY Event

22 April
"My bees and taking them to the heather"
- Paul Gibson, Caddenfoot

27 May
Members Night

23 September                      

"Making Mead"
- Ben Bellamy

28 October


Nigel Hurst
- Editor of "The Scottish Beekeeper"                             
25 November

- Terry Clare, President of BIBBA



22 January                      
- Skep making video and social

Mon. 2 March (19.30)

- Lucie Southern, Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  University of Stirling
(Joint Meeting with the Helensburgh Natural History
Society in the Victoria Halls, Helensburgh)

26 March

 "Organising an Apiary"
- Inhouse Event

23 April
"Under The Microscope"
- Alan Riach

 6 May


 Introduction to Beekeeping

- Millennium Hall, Gartocharn, 7.15pm

 7 May


 Introduction to Beekeeping

- St Michael's Church, William Street, Helensburgh, 7.15pm

28 May
"Swarm Control"
- Graeme Sharpe (Scottish Agricultural College)

Summer 2009


Saturday, 13th June, time TBC 


Picnic at the new Association Apiary


Saturday, 15th August, time TBC

Peninsula Progressive - visits to apiaries on The Rosneath Peninsula  


  • Morning coffee at 'Avalon'
  • Picnic lunch at 'Portkil House'
  • Afternoon tea at 'Tromie House'

In the event of poor weather there is the possibility of moving both meetings to the Sunday.

 01 October                      

 "What we do at Ayr Beekeepers"
- Phil Macanespie

29 October

"Member Night"
- Sharing the highs and lows of the last season and getting answers to those questions we never dared ask
26 November

 "Survival of the Fittest"
- Gavin Ramsay, SBA Bee Diseases Convener




25 September

 "Summer Recollections & Winter Preparations"
- A members' night chaired by the President
23 October

 "Beekeeping in the Clyde Valley"
- Kevin Cowie
27 November

 "The role of the Beekeeping Inspector"
- Steve Sunderland (Oban)

Summer 2008

Inspections at The Club Apiary, Glen Fruin

Club Apiary visits, primarily for new beekeepers, will continue, but will now be by arrangement with Alastair Cameron & Jim McCulloch. Contact Alastair on 01436 674707, or Jim on 01436 831664 if you would like to participate.

Saturday, June 8th, 14.00

Secretary's Apiary, Glenarn, Rhu

Weather permitting, we will be checking for evidence of new queens laying, reviewing developments since the last visit in April, and demonstrating mid summer Varroa treatment(s), particularly oxalic acid using the equipment made at the last meeting.  Tea an home baking afterwards.  Follow the yellow 'Garden Open' signs from Rhu Marina and please leave cars on Glenarn Road.

Sunday, July 13th

CABA (Clyde Area Beekeepers Association) visit to Mellis Apiary, Dumfries.

Please contact George Morrison (0141 942 9419) to book a place on the coach and to find out about the departure time from Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow, plus any other details.

Sunday, July 20th

Outing to the CABA bee breeding apiary at Inchinnan

Including Honey Picnic.  Further details to follow...