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 21st February @ 7.30pm


Steve Riley is the current Chair and Education Officer at Westerham Beekeepers, a club in the south-east of England.  He is a member of the “Path to Varroa-resistance in the UK” team that launched the education and science website: www.varroaresistant.uk (a really interesting website!) in April 2023.  He presents on “Identifying Varroa-resistance Traits” to beekeeping associations around the UK, including sessions and seminars at the BBKA Spring Convention and National Honey Show.

The link will only appear for members below:

the Farm Advisory Service
@7pm on Monday 26th February 24

Join the Farm Advisory Service for an evening of field margins and hedgerows. Dr Lorna Cole will discuss how the value of these much loved farmland habitats depends on how they are managed. Lynne Bates from the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Graeme Walker a Scottish hedgelayer who will provide tips on how to create and enhance hedgerows and species-rich grasslands and field margins.   Dr Celine Delabre will join us from NatureScot to highlight how result-based payment schemes could help improve the benefits of these habitats for wildlife and build farm resilience.

To book your free place please visit:


The Welsh Beekeepers Association
@7.30pm on Thursday, 29 February 24

The Welsh Beekeepers’ Association invites you to a talk by Ann Chilcott – Observations at the Hive Entrance.  This presentation is intended for beekeepers at all levels but new beekeepers usually find it particularly useful.

Opening a hive of honey bees for inspection is always stressful for them to some extent, and the longer they are exposed the greater the risks of chilling, robbing etc. “Observations at the Hive Entrance” is about what you can learn from watching honey bees near their hive and around the apiary. Understanding bee behaviour and being in tune with a colony can help them enormously and reduce the disturbance of unnecessary inspections. Sometimes management decisions can be made from observations made outside the hive.

Ann Chilcott has been keeping bees in Nairnshire, Scotland, since 2004 and currently manages 12 colonies in several apiaries. She is qualified to Scottish Expert Beemaster level and involved in education at local and national levels. She spends a lot of time on practical hands-on mentoring of local beekeepers, teaching children, giving presentations, writing articles for journals, supporting local beekeeping association in key roles, reviewing books, continued self-development, and sharing knowledge worldwide through her blog: www.beelistener.co.uk

To book your free place please visit:


The Scottish Beekeepers Association
@7.30pm on Wednesday, 6 March 24

At 7.30pm on Wednesday the 6th of March let us take you on a journey to South Africa to find out more about the bees and honey there. We’re delighted to welcome our hosts Natasha Lyon and Mike Allsopp.  Natasha Lyon is a South African honey expert, and Mike Allsopp is a bee scientist at the Agricultural Research Council and an expert in Apis M. Capensis.  They will discuss the bees of South Africa, including Apis M. Capensis and Apis M. Scutellata, the diverse flora of South Africa, their beekeeping year, and the honey varieties enjoyed

To book your free place please visit:


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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