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SBA Wax Workshop - 5th March

Posted on 12 October, 2021 at 20:00


5th March 2016 at Thornes of Newburgh

A one day course on candle making, wax moulding and foundation moulding/wiring will be held at

E.H.Thorne (Beehives) Ltd at Newburgh (KY14 6HA) on Saturday 5th

March 2016 from 10-00 am to 4-00pm.

Course tutors will be: Enid Brown, Ian Craig, David & Bron Wright & Phil & Joyce McAnespie, Cynthia

& Alan Riach.

Tea, coffee and bisc...

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Products from the Hive!

Posted on 15 February, 2017 at 13:15

In our January, we had mini-workshop from Lindsay Baillie (Ayr Beekeepers) on making soap, balms & other products of the hive. A great evening was had by all. 

January notes - take heed, cold weather ahead

Posted on 9 January, 2017 at 6:10

North Ayrshire Beekeepers Association

Austen’s Monthly Notes – January

Today, Sunday 8th January, has dawned with ridiculously warm temperatures for the month of January, which I fully intend to take advantage of to apply my second fumigated dose of Oxalic Acid to all of my colonies. Hopefully this action will remove virtually all of the phoretic Varroa mites which may remain from their previous treatment in Dece...

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November Beekeeping Notes

Posted on 28 November, 2016 at 14:10

Austen’s November Notes

I was tempted to write this month’s notes in very large type; just to fill the page, because as you will probably have realised, there is now a considerable diminution of observable bee activity. The ‘warm’ time interval during the day during which bees can profitably fly has all but shrunk to zero as the daylength has declined. That’s not ...

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September Notes

Posted on 18 September, 2016 at 15:25

Austen’s September Notes

To some beekeepers we are now at the start of the’ bee year’ with today’s hatching brood being the bees which will hopefully take the colony into next spring. Therefore it is important to have colonies which currently have young and vigorous queens and have several frames of brood. Old bees will die off before Christmas and it’s the current batch of young ones which will determine w...

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July Hints and Tips

Posted on 20 July, 2016 at 4:55

I’m sorry we are now well into July and I have not produced these earlier. The observant amongst you will realise that despite the long evenings that we are now heading back to winter and have had our annual ration of 2 weeks of warmer sunny weather. Doom and Gloom? Maybe we should be looking forward to the second half of summer being blessed by large crops ...

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June Hints and Tips - look out for swarming signs!

Posted on 8 June, 2016 at 4:30

Austen’s June Notes


The end of May and first few day’s in June have certainly seen a change in the conditions from relatively cool weather to a bit of a heatwave (at least by Scottish standards). Nectar has been pouring in to hives from the Sycamore and Chestnut trees and next in line is the Hawthorn if it decides to be ‘co-operative’ this year. Notably the first clover flowers are ...

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April Beekeeping Tips!

Posted on 17 April, 2016 at 16:00

North Ayrshire Beekeepers Association


Austen’s April Notes


“April showers and sunny hours”, so goes the saying. Well March didn’t exactly go out like a lamb and it looks like the first days of April will be subject to considerable rainfall. The recent change to a more southerly airstream has removed the chilly edge...

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March Beekeeping tips

Posted on 14 March, 2016 at 15:50

From our Association Chair, Austen Brown..


"We have recently had some sunny days, and whilst it has felt very pleasant in


the sunshine, the air temperature has not been so warm. So the first tip is not


to take out frames and go into the bee ‘cluster’ unless you absolutely have to.


Doing so may well result in the queen being rejected by the bees and the


colony being seriously set back...

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