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.