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Dunblane & Stirling Beekeepers' Association

DSBA has learning at its core and boasts a long history of providing training and support to its members.

Supporting our members

A long history of learning & Support

Dunblane and Stirling Beekeepers’ Association (DSBA) has been in existence for more than 70 years.

DSBA has learning at its core and boasts a long history of providing training and support to its members.

DSBA not only runs a very successful and engaging New Beekeepers course, but also delivers a series of winter lectures, and organises an annual honey show and social summer gatherings.

In 2018 DSBA became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with a dedicated Board of Trustees.

The Association has three main purposes:

1. To advance the heritage, culture and science of apiculture

2. To advance the education of apiculture by providing training courses and the production of educational materials

3. To help conserve the natural environment by promoting the importance of bees in the environment

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Benefits of Membership

Education
The Association host a series of monthly meetings with external speakers to educate us on the latest thinking and science related to beekeeping. Our 'Newbee' Beekeeping course is run every spring - not only is its handbook is nationally recognised as being excellent; you can follow up the lectures with practicals at our apiary.​
Heather Honey
DSBA has access to a heather site that is local to Dunblane, and we are grateful to the landlord for providing access to the site. Though heather seasons vary from year to year, we are pleased to offer DSBA members the opportunity of a heather honey crop.
Simon the Beekeeper Discount
Members also have a discount purchasing agreement with Simon The Beekeeper which attracts a 5% discount on online purchases. In addition, DSBA also receives a small percentage of the purchases made.
Mentor Support
If you're a 'newbee' then you have access to our team of experienced mentors to help you answer any queries that you might have.
Bee Nucleus
The Society runs a list of members who have either over-wintered or new nuclei of bees for private purchase between members.
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Closure of Simon the Beekeeper

Sadly, Simon the Beekeeper has announced that they will close with effect of the end of March Normal Trading Normal trading and customer services will

Sublimation

Varroa Sublimation For those of us who as part of our fight against Varroa carry out sublimation, the shortest day 21st December 2022 is just

January Virtual Meeting

Members’ Event on Tuesday 10th January at 7.30pm on Zoom On Tuesday 10th January we will hold our first virtual meeting of 2023 at 7.30pm

Abelo Discount

Abelo Bee Trade Card DSBA has successfully applied for the Abelo BeeTrade Card which offers 12% discount to DSBA members.  The code will be revealed

Hands on Beekeeping

We were able to launch a condensed Hands On Beekeeping programme on Sunday 8th August for the New Beekeepers from 2020 and 2021 courses.

supplies

The Association funds and manages the bulk purchase of bee feed (Ambrosia Fondant and Syrup), long cuff nitrile gloves and jars to provide our members with the most cost-effective access to these supplies. View our full range of supplies in our shop.

Do You Want To Become a Beekeeper?

Perhaps you simply want to know more about honey bees, their activities and products. If this is you, please join us to develop your interest and passion.

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