Our first apiary visit to Lochcarron, May 2022

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Wednesday 18th May 7pm prompt. Fairfield Apiary, Urray.  An event for beekeeping beginners (less than 5 seasons experience). Please book with the Secretary to control numbers. The map has been updated to show the location.

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Recent events:

Saturday 14th May Kay Liston's apiary at Lochcarron. Once again an interesting and informative session in a glorious location. Our thanks go to Kay and her husband for their hospitality.

Wednesday 20th April - Annual General Meeting. St. Clements Church Hall. A very significant meeting as we were required to make appointments for the positions of President and Secretary. Bill Cormack has kindly agreed to stay on for another year but the position of Secretary was not resolved.

Saturday 19th March - Bee shed assembly took place at Brahan. Photos available here.

Wednesday 16th March - Bryce and Elizabeth Reynard gave a presentation on "Swarm control and catching and hiving a swarm." This was a practical demonstration (minus bees!). It was a great shame that the acoustics in the Maryburgh Hall meant that members lost a great deal of the useful information being presented.

Wednesday 23rd February - Alan Riach presented via Zoom a Q & A session on "Manipulating the Colony - how to open the hive, use the smoker and hive tool and what to look for. 

Wednesday 17th - "Observations at the hive entrance" presented by Ann Chilcott 7.30 via Zoom followed by a Q & A session. Ann's biography can be found here

Wednesday 20th - "Anatomy - the bee's inner secrets" an  exploration of the bee’s alimentary, respiratory, circulation, nervous and reproduction system - presented by Alan Riach.

Wednesday 15th September - Andy Watson presented the topic " What type of hive should I get?" Discussion on all of the models; pros and cons. Interesting to hear about the "odd-ball" hives, as he described them, which are novelties and often appear for sale the year after beekeepers have lost interest and their bees! 

Saturday 28th August -  Fairfield Apiaries. 2pm. Another excellent meeting in almost perfect conditions - it was too hot! It was a pity that many members were unable to take the opportunity of three tutors being available, Barbara, Pam and Arthur.  

Saturday 21st August - Fairfield Apiary, Orrin Bridge 2pm - hosted by Anne and Arthur Hill. A break in the weather allowed for Arthur and Pam to open a couple of hives with the rest of the afternoon spent out of the rain in the Honey Shed discussing preparations for the winter and a question and answer session. An historical occasion as most of the 17 participants virtually all had never met each other before! No wonder we won't forget the effect of Covid on our llives.

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