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Welcome to the Aberdeen & District Beekeepers Association

Scottish Charity Number: SC031754


Welcome to the Aberdeen & District Beekeeper's Association. We are a charity that exists to promote all aspects of beekeeping in and around Aberdeen, on the north-east coast of Scotland.

In the following pages you will find out about our Association and the fascinating craft of beekeeping. Maybe you will even want to come and join us. We look forward to hearing from you.


Saturday June 28th

2pm, at the Association Apairy, Crathes Castle, Banchory, AB31 5QJ
Disease Inspection and demonstration of ‘shook swarm’ method with Kirsty Sutherland.


Saturday July 12th

2pm, Association Apiary, Crathes Castle, Banchory, AB31 5QJ
Preparing bees for moving to the heather


Saturday 26th July

2pm at Hillcrest, Craigmyle Road, Torphins, AB31 4HW
Harvesting honey, hosted by Graham Torrie.


3rd and 4th August

Turriff Show, The Haughs Show Ground, Turriff, entries close 12th July 2014


Saturday 16th August

2pm, Going to the Heather with Murray McGregor, Commercial Beekeeper, location to be advised.


Saturday 13th September

2pm at the Association Apiary, Crathes Castle, Banchory, AB31 5QJ
Preparing bees for winter and varroa treatment


September 18th Thursday

Introduction to bees and beekeeping. A series of 6 lectures for beginners and those interested in starting beekeeping. More details to follow.


ABKA is pleased to acknowledge the financial help from the following towards the cost of a new apiary building for our new apiary site at Crathes Castle. The project is supported by the Scottish Government and the European Community Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER Program (2007-2013), along with Scottish Natural Heritage.


For information about honey bees, bumble bees, wasps and other related wee beasties please visit our new Bee Information page.

Newsletter and membership application form in PDF format.

>Do you think you have a swarm? click here for an easy to use identification guide

>Are you interested in becoming a member? click here

>Find out about up and coming events in 2014 here