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Latest News

Small Hive Beetle in mainland Europe

Small hive beetle has been detected in Italy. There is more information in a statement from our Bee Health Convener on the Bee Health page ...

Varroa in Caithness

As of 25 July 2014, Varroa has been found in Caithness in the area near Halkirk. Once it has been spotted in a new area it is generally too late to eliminate it - unless the introduction is very recent and especially if the beekeeper is very isolated. In this case there is quite a community of beekeepers and it seems unlikely that they will now ever be free of it. Beekeepers in the area should be aware of the possibility that the infestation might have spread further. Please contact the Bee Health Convener for guidance. You will find contact details in the 'About' section of the web site.

Posted by the ICT Convener, 3 August 2014

SBA Constitutional Change

We have received confirmation from the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR) that our Stage 1 Application to change our legal status to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) has been approved.  We shall therefore continue with the process, submission of a Stage 2 application to be formally incorporated; and confirming our timetable for transfer our assets to the new organisation, and formally winding-up the existing organisation.

Posted by the ICT Convener, 1 August 2014

American Foulbrood Outbreak, Tarland, Aberdeenshire

An outbreak of American Foulbrood (AFB) has been found in an apiary in the Tarland area of Aberdeenshire. The disease has been confirmed by SASA and the infected hive is being destroyed. Further information is available in the Scottish Government Press Release.

All beekeepers are urged to be vigilant for signs of the disease, to maintain good husbandry practices and to notify any suspicion of disease to BeesMailbox@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

Posted by the ICT Convener, 23 July 2013

SBA Autumn Convention 2014

The 2014 SBA Autumn Convention will take place at Barony College, Dumfries on September 27th. Bookings are now being taken. More information including programme and booking details ...

University of Strathclyde / SBASurveys

Staff at the University of Strathclyde work closely with the SBA to carry out regular surveys of SBA members, and this research is described in more detail on a separate page.

The report of the 2013 survey is now available. A report of the main findings of the 2013 survey will shortly appear in “The Scottish Beekeeper”. More information ...

The Dundee SBA Overwinter Survey 2014

The 2014 survey has now been launched, and the SBA urges everyone to take part in order to help to gather valuable data for ths survey. More information and survey form ...

BIBBA 50th Anniversary Conference 2014

This will take place in Llangollen, North Wales from 26 - 28 September 2014. More information ...

Annual Accounts year ending 31 Dec 2012

The accounts can now be viewed from the link on the 'About' page.

Supermarket Honey Report 2012

Published by the markets convener. More information....