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
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
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
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 ...
Visit the research section for more information on past and future surveysincluding a new survey on pollen diversity.
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 ...
This will take place in Llangollen, North Wales from 26 - 28 September 2014. More information ...
The accounts can now be viewed from the link on the 'About' page.
Published by the markets convener. More information....
Registered Scottish charity no. SC009345
GALLERY - The online SBA photo gallery on Picasa