Apiary

Alex McLaren Beekeeping Centre

Introduction

To complement the New Beekeepers lecture training programme, we manage an apiary in the grounds of Stirling University which is specifically for the training of new beekeepers as they transition to the more practical Hands On Beekeeping.

We have a dedicated team of volunteers who maintain the apiary and provide the weekly Hands On Beekeeping training.  Meet the Apiary Committee here.

History

DSBA has a long history of training new beekeepers. The apiary is named after Alex McLaren who inspired learning.  Alex was a school teacher from Falkirk who continued to teach others about beekeeping.  The DSBA continues to uphold that teaching tradition.

Development

As part of the ongoing development, we recognised the need for disabled access and larger storage facilities.  In the autumn and winter of 2019/20, the Apiary Committee was involved in this development project, until work was put on hold in March 2020 due to the COVID 19 crisis.  We hope to return by the end of the year to complete the work. 

Queen Rearing Group

To encourage the continued development of beekeepers, and in particular, the provision of local bees, the queen rearing group works with a number of beekeepers to develop their skills. Our aim is to help members learn and gain experience in queen rearing.

To find out more click here.