External Seminars

There are a number of external seminars open to members to attend, please refer to the links to find out more

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External Seminars

There are a number of external seminars open to members to attend, please refer to the links to find out more:

North Ayrshire Beekeepers' Association (NABA) warmly welcomes DSBA members to join them on Wednesday 20th March @ 7.30pm.

Bumblebees: their lifecycles; habitat requirements; and importance as pollinators.

Planet Earth is home to more than 20,000 different species of bee; as diverse in size and appearance, as they are in behaviour, life cycles, and habitat requirements. Around 280 of these species can be found in Britain & Ireland.

This illustrated talk will focus on Bumblebees – their lifecycles, roles as pollinators, and how we can help by creating more pollinator-friendly gardens and habitats.

Brigit Strawbridge is a wildlife gardener amateur naturalist, and advocate of bees. Based in Cornwall, she writes, speaks, and campaigns to raise awareness of the importance and diversity of native woild bees and other pollinating insects. Brigit is author Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature. She is patron of charity ‘Caring for God’s Acre’ and ambassador for CIC ‘Kernow Conservation’

the Royal Scottish Society of Arts
@7pm on Monday 25th March 24

Professor Barbara Webb FRSE, of the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh will speak on “Inside the brain of a bee”.The talk will be held in the Augustine United Church (41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL), but will also be hosted on zoom. 

Bees and other insects are able to perform impressive feats of navigation. They can track their location relative to their nest during long foraging excursions and take the bee-line home. They also remember the location of food and can communicate this to their nest-mates by dancing on the honeycomb. Although these behaviours have been studied for many years, we have only recently discovered the brain circuits involved. It appears the insect brain has evolved to perform the trigonometric functions needed for navigation. This lecture will explain what we now know about how it works.

Barbara Webb obtained her B.Sc. (in Psychology) from the University of Sydney in 1988 and her Ph.D. (in Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Edinburgh in 1993. Following lecturer positions in Nottingham and Stirling, she joined the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh in May 2003. Her main research interest is in biological perceptual systems for the control of behaviour, which she studies by building computational and physical (robot) models of the hypothesised mechanisms. In particular, she focuses on insect behaviours, as their smaller nervous systems may be easier to understand. She was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2022.

Please email [email protected] if they want to attend this event online.

Scottish Beekeepers' Association (SBA) on  Wednesday the 3rd of April from 7.30pm 

For our final webinar of this winter series, we’re delighted to host a Food Safety panel session on Wednesday the 3rd of April from 7.30pm with Andy Pedley.

Andy was an Environmental Health Officer for 46 years and has been a beekeeper for over 30 years. In this informative panel, Andy will be discussing the importance of knowledge of Food Safety processes for beekeepers and providing advice on practical actions.

We welcome questions, so if your members would like to pose a question to Andy, please ask them to email this before the 3rd of April to Gino Jabbar at

[email protected]

Our webinars are free and open to all, to book a place your members just need the link below


the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations, has been working in the interest of beekeepers in Ireland for more than 75 years.  It has a very interesting selection of webinars ranging for those for beginners to the more advanced subjects, that can be accessed here:



Scottish Beekeepers’ Association

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