As well as supporting experienced beekeepers, Newbattle Beekeepers Association (NBA) operates with a strong emphasis on supporting new beekeepers to become certified Scottish Beekeeping Association (SBA) Basic Beekeepers following a full-year training programme of caring for and maintaining an allocated hive.
The NBA launched in the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College (NBAC) in 2013 with the 4 members of the Lamancha Beekeepers Association, established in 2010, and formerly based at Lamancha Organic Farm near West Linton. Through dedication of its initial membership, the NBA has grown to 46 adult members and 6 juniors, and has become a leading Scottish beekeeping association in the field of education for new beekeepers. Participants join through referral, or from having completed the introduction to beekeeping classes sponsored by and held at NBAC, and delivered each year over a 6 weeks' period in late Spring and Autumn.
The one-year learning programme has led to 55 adult members and 6 juniors achieving distinction level passes of the SBA Basic Beekeepers' Exam (BBE) since 2010. In 2015 the first 2 juniors, then aged 10 and 12, were the first juniors in Scotland to achieve certification.
Are you attending the monthly meeting on Sunday 13 August?
If you are, you will be able to pick up the first Honey Recipe of the Month cards. They will be available to collect from Sunday 13 August. The initiative is part of the fund-raising campaign to raise the money needed to refurbish the hut that will become the Newbattle Bee Academy.
A new recipe will be published each month to coincide with the monthly meeting.
The cards proved very popular when they were used at the Dalkeith Show recently.
The August recipe is for Caramelised Apples, Honey and Ice Cream - A divine medley of texture and flavour that's irresistible and easy to make.
Just to let you know that as part of the gas pipe installation to Newbattle Abbey College, there will be temporary traffic lights sited at the main gate as from Monday next week to allow the pipe to be run from the housing estate and over Newbattle Road.
The lights will be in place all week whilst this essential works takes place.
Apologies in advance for the disruption this may cause.
Here at Newbattle Bees it is a given that we love Honey Bees!
We believe that everyone should give something back to the bees that do so much for us.
Did you know:
Bees pollinate around one third of both fruit and vegtable crops
Honey Bee colony numbers have fallen over the past 50 years, mainly due to disease and lack of food for forage
We are passionate about looking after the Honey Bee and to further this we are working towards setting up the Newbattle Bee Academy
You can find out more and support us to do this by visiting Our Bees Need You campaign at: