Alex McLaren Beekeeping Centre

Since 2000, DSBA has managed an apiary in the grounds of Stirling University where we offer practical training for new beekeepers and learning opportunities for the continued development of members.

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.

We hold an apiary open day in the late summer for non-members who are thinking about taking up beekeeping.  Please register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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The Apiary committee


The Apiary Committee is a team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers with a wide range of beekeeping knowledge built up over a collective 50 years of experience.

As well as teaching and supporting the new beekeepers at Hands On Beekeeping, they meet throughout the year developing the apiary site and managing the colonies through the winter months.