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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.


3rd and 4th August

Aberdeen and District Beekeepers Association will have a stand at Turriff Show on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th August. Honey will be for sale and there will be rolled candle making for all to try.


Saturday 16th August

Saturday 16th August starting at 2pm, Going to the Heather with Murray McGregor, Commercial Beekeeper.  At Dinnet Moor. Car parking at Burn O’Vat visitors car park. Meet at 1.50pm.


Saturday 13th September

Saturday 13th September starting at 2pm at the Association Apiary, Crathes Castle, Banchory, AB31 5QJ. Preparing bees for winter and varroa treatment.   


September 18th Thursday

Introduction to Beekeeping - Autumn Classes

Week 1. Thursday 18th September, 7.30pm – 9pm. Aberdeen Grammar School, Skene Street, Aberdeen,  AB10 1HT.

Week 2.  Thursday 25th September, 7.30pm – 9pm.

Week 3. Thursday 2nd October, 7.30pm – 9pm.

Week 4. Thursday 9th October, 7.30pm – 9pm.

Week 5. Thursday 30th October, 7.30pm – 9pm.

Week 6. Thursday 6th November, 7.30pm – 9pm.

If you have often thought about keeping bees but never quite got round to it, this is your opportunity to learn more about this fascinating hobby. This 6 week course will cover many aspects of the theoretical knowledge needed to keep bees. It will include:- bees and bee diseases, when to call the bee inspector, equipment, products of the hive, and many other topics related to starting out in beekeeping.  

All welcome, young and old, new and experienced beekeepers alike!
Cost:- £10, redeemable against new membership for 2015.   


Please note change of date for Honey Show, now Saturday 18th October, 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