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Community Fund – Scottish Beekeepers’ Association – November update

Even though our honeybees are in hibernation we’ve been out and about this month, across Scotland chatting to lots of folks about honeybees, their importance and what we can do to help them. We’d great delight in chatting to pupils from Tarradale Primary School in Muir of Ord and they were buzzing afterwards.

After speaking to hobby beekeepers at Nairn Beekeeping Association we ventured south to spend 2 days in Dumfries as part of RHET Food and Farming events. Over 300 pupils from 6 local secondary schools discovered out all there is to know about honeybees and beekeeping, and were delighted to sample a variety of delicious honeys. We were overwhelmed by the commitment and support of pupils from Annan Academy’s Bee Club, who did a fantastic job introducing everyone to the wonderful honeybee hive!

A few of our beekeeping members were honoured to be asked by Kelso Academy to provide some expert advice to groups of pupils at their ‘I Wonder’ Bee day.  A variety of ‘I wonder how’ bee questions were posed, and the experts assisted the teams in exploring the answers and creating some wonderful videos to present them. And who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, the beekeepers themselves learnt some new things, like how to wire and programme a Raspberry pi.

Kelso High School ‘I Wonder’ Bee Day

Even though December is a shorter month, we’ve still got a packed programme of visits to look forward too!

Community Fund – Scottish Beekeepers – October update

As the honeybees settle down for winter, and the beekeepers breathe a wee sigh, so the winter season of talks and presentations begins! We are delighted to be working with St Maurice’s High School in Cumbernauld to educate pupils and teachers on all things honeybees and beekeeping. Their horticulture and growing clubs have made a fantastic difference to the school and it was wonderful to see their new orchard, raised beds and chicken coop! Fingers crossed there will be a few hives there next year!

St Maurice High School, Cumbernauld

Next it was the turn of the younger ones, when we visited 70 children at Jessie Porter Nursery in Dundee. The 3 and 4year olds were so excited to learn about bees, honeybees and beekeeping. They loved tasting the delicious honey and going home with their new bee friendship bracelets!

Jessie Porter Nursery Children & New Bee Friendship Bracelets

Lastly, we were welcomed back to Alexandra Parade Primary School in Glasgow as part of National Honey Week. Over 200 pupils from Primaries 2, 4 and 5 were keen to learn how honey is made and sample a variety of honey from across the globe. Their new bug hotel looked great and it was thumbs up from everyone for the ‘well tasty honey!’

Alexandra Parade National Honey Week Thumbs Up!

November is shaping up to bee a busy month across Scotland, we can’t wait!

Community Fund – Scottish Beekeepers Association – August

With the holiday season in full swing, August was a quieter month for us and visits. However, around 30,000 visitors attended The Black Isle Show, near Muir of Ord on the 3rd of August. Dingwall and District Beekeepers and their live honeybees were a fantastic draw, whether old or young everyone was delighted to meet the queen!

Dingwall Beekeepers, Live Honeybees and The Queen!

We then hosted our Scottish National Honey Show at the Flower and Food Festival in Dundee. We were delighted to see so many entrants into the competition classes, and over the moon when we received hundreds of posters from the Primary 4 to Primary 7 pupils of Eastern Primary School in Dundee. Boy did they brighten up our tent! It was wonderful to see pupils winning first, second and third prizes! A big thank you to everyone who entered and a special thanks to Rhona and Hilary for organising all these posters!

Scottish National Honey Show & Eastern Primary Poster

It’s back to school with a bang for us in September and we can’t wait to meet many new bee friends across Scotland.

Community Fund – Scottish Beekeepers’ Association – July update

For most July is the start of the holiday season, but not so for beekeepers! The summer months are our busiest time, whether it’s harvesting honey, dealing with swarms or if the weather is rubbish, checking the honeybees have plenty stores!

Schools however are most definitely out for summer!! We’d the pleasure of being invited to two summer camps. First, Toryglen After School Service, where we met some wonderful children, keen to learn more about honeybees and all they do to help us. Cracking crowning moments!

Next, we headed to Off Grid Kids in Glasgow, where we found a lively bunch raring to learn and gosh did we share lots of honeybee facts! The buzzy bees enjoyed their foraging hunt for delicious nectar!

 

We were delighted to send one of our junior beekeepers, Harriet Sweatman, to represent Scotland at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) at Marlborough College in England. This meeting is for young beekeepers (aged 11 to 16 years old) from all over the world, to team up and carry out various beekeeping challenges! 21 countries from as far afield as India, Russia, Lebanon and Denmark took part this year and we’re delighted to say Harriet was part of the team who came second, go Harriet!!

Community Fund – Scottish Beekeepers’ Association – June update

June definitely was a bee month! Hopefully there was lots of bees and honeybees flying and foraging near you. As June started it was back to school for us, we had the pleasure of talking to primary school children, teachers and assistants at several schools. First up was Lomond Primary School in Helensburgh, where Primary 1 and 2 pupils were learning all about bees and beekeeping as part of their Clarendon Ranger activities. From there it was up to Aberdeen where pupils from Hillside Primary got the pleasure of seeing her majesty live…the Queen Bee that is! Later in the month, just as schools were finishing we spent a lovely morning talking to Primary 3 pupils of Ladeside Primary in Larbert as part of their mini beast project, they knew so much about insects it was un-bee-lievable!

Ladeside Primary and their Mini Beast Project!

Whilst in Aberdeen we joined up with Aberdeen Beekeepers’ Association to spend the day at Wood Group headquarters, as part of their Eco Town initiative. Many employees were delighted to watch the live bees and see her majesty laying a few eggs and a few new honeybees emerging.

As part of our adult education programme, we were thrilled to be invited along to Community Networks in Paisley, not only to talk about bees and their importance as pollinators and food suppliers, but also to have a sneak preview at the wonderful gardens and growing projects the team have created there. Well done to all involved!

Last but by no means least, was our week spent at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. For several years now we have been asked by the Royal Highland Society to host the Honey Tent at the show. Our tent is one of the busiest at the show, attracting around 40,000 visitors over the 4 days. As a charity, we rely on our fantastic band of volunteers to set up and man the tent, and this year we had over 200 volunteers to take part, thank you so so much!! The Honey Tent is also one of the major competition tents at the show, and this year we had over 400 entries for the various competition classes. The competitions cover everything from honey, to beeswax candles, photographs and baking so loads to see and enjoy! Our visitors had so much to see and do, with a lot of them spending more than half an hour in the tent! They left with bee friendship bracelets, bee friendly seed packets and information on how to look after bees and honeybees in their area.