Education

Ian Mackie receiving SBA Ian Craig Award
Hive inspection. Photo H. Patterson
Young beekeeper learning about swarm control

A key purpose of the DSBA is to advance the education of apiculture.

Members

For our existing members, we host evening lectures on the first Tuesday of the month from September to April.  These are on a wide range of bee-related topics. View upcoming evening lectures here.

We support members who wish to enrol in the SBA module exams.  Visit SBA for more information.

Find out more about which Modules the DSBA is delivering this year here.

Due to COVID-19, delivery of SBA Modules has been cancelled for 2020/2021 calendar.

New Beekeepers

The New Beekeepers course starts in January with 9 weekly Tuesday evening lectures, followed by practical hands-on-beekeeping at the DSBA apiary in the ground of Stirling University on Sunday afternoons from April to September. 

The lecture model has been improved following feedback from participants to include a further practical lecture from 2020.

In addition, a further lecture was introduced last year towards the end of the winter months. This is designed to help the New Beekeepers from the previous year’s course plan their year ahead.  This was very well-received and will continue.

Mentoring for Members

Beekeeping is a constant process of learning. We believe that there are a number of beginners and intermediates who don’t know or don’t feel comfortable seeking the support they need to become better beekeepers.

To meet these needs, we have introduced a mentoring service through an online help desk tool.  If you have a question about your colony please don’t hesitate to get in touch here with an outline of your query and one of the mentor team will respond within 24 hours.

Schools

Volunteers from the association regularly visit schools in the area to educate the children, and the educators. The Association has access to visual aids as well as the fascinating observation hive.