The Moorfoot Group currently comprises six beekeepers setting up an isolation Amm mating apiary in the Moorfoot area. We aim to develop approximately 20 Amm colonies to overwinter in the the Edinburgh, West Linton, Gordon, Penicuik and Kirknewton areas. At present we have approximately sixteen queenright Amm and hybrid/ Amm colonies, mostly grafted by us from Amm frames kindly donated by Kate Atchley and John Durkacz with additionally five grafted Amm queen cells which are awaiting local mating. The locally mated hybrid/ Amm colonies are to supply Amm drones and will be transferred to Moorfoot next April before local non Amm stowaway drones can hitch a ride.
The philosophy of the group was to site the apiary where no sensible beekeepes would want a colony.
However we have found that if the transferred colonies can manage the harsh springs there is ample forage for a good honey crop that will help the site to be self sustainable.
We’re grateful to have recieved a £400 grant from SAMMBA and thank John and Kate for their generous assistance.
Native bee breeders and would-be breeders from the Lothians and Borders met in March to discuss how they might help one another through the coming season.
Continue reading “Borders & Lothians breeders get together”
Many members are seeking to buy native bees and been frustrated by the lack of stocks and information about breeders. So let us explain the current situation, to avoid disappointment, and outline SNHBS’s plans to increase Amm availability for the future.
Continue reading “Sourcing native Scottish honey bees”
Pathways to success
Why have a queen rearing and breeding group?
Breeding groups form a vital part of the work
of the Scottish Native Honey Bee Society. They work well by pooling their expertise,
sharing equipment and having access to larger numbers of good locally adapted
stocks. Although groups show differences in their organisation reflecting local
circumstances and preferences some features are likely to be shared.
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Many of you will know by now that Martin Leahy, a member of Tarland Bee Group, won the title of International Young Beekeeper 2019 at the competition held recently in Slovakia. Martin is a member of SNHBS and believes at least some of his success at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) is attributable to his attendance at SNHBS events. Continue reading “SNHBS member, Martin Leahy, becomes International Young Beekeeper 2019”
Cheviot Breeding members, joined by East Lothian, Edinburgh & Peebles beekeepers, met to learn more about the raising of queens, led by Kate Atchley.
A lovely sunny day greeted the eight participants of the Queen rearing course on the 7th June at Roxburgh in the Scottish Borders. After the initial meeting and greeting it was down to work. A quantity of young worker bees were required to make up mating nucs. Kate has a nifty way to get them off the super frames and into a bucket without too many escaping! [See header photo] Continue reading “Cheviot Breeding Group’s queen-rearing day with Kate Atchley”
The North East of Scotland has a long history of beekeeping and a large number of active beekeepers organised into associations at local and regional level. In the 70s and into the 80s the so-called Aberdeenshire “Maud” strain of bee was discovered as having native bee characteristics and traits, and lineages from this strain were spread far and wide around Scotland. It seems appropriate therefore that the North East now has a group interested in the conservation and breeding of Apis mellifera mellifera.
Continue reading “North East Bee Breeding Group’s First Meeting 2019”
Queen rearing for SNHBS was initiated in May and interested people formed a very loose group in the North East of Scotland, with a good percentage of SNHBS members responding to a request to help out.
Continue reading “SNHBS Queen Rearing at the Cabrach.”
The Ardnamurchan Native Bee Project was wound down last year, partly due to my imminent move to the Scottish Borders and because of heavy colony losses. These losses were due largely to the scarcity of forage in an area which suffered two successive Summers so wet that the bees were hindered from foraging adequately.
Continue reading “Amm breeding in the Cheviots”