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The Beekeepers Annual 2001. Directory of Beekeeping Organisations 

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The Beekeepers' Annual is published by 

Northern Bee Books
Scout Bottom Farm
Hebden Bridge
West Yorks. HX7 5JS

Tel: (01422) 882751 Fax: (01422) 886157


and edited by

John Phipps
Neochori, 24024 Agios Nikolaos,
Messinias, Greece 



Secretary: Clive de Bruyn NDB,

Rural Education & Training Centre

Writtle College

Chelmsford, Essex


Tel: (01245) 420705

Treasurer: Margaret Thomas NDB

The function of AEA is to act as a forum for professionals with an interest in Beekeeping Education to meet and exchange opinions and ideas.

Membership is open to those working in professional beekeeping education or allied areas, full or part time.



Secretary: Philip Jacobi



Wimborne BH21 4HD

Tel: (01202) 880789

Manager, Scheme A:

Bernard White

10 Parkhouse Road, Low Moor,

Bradford, West Yorkshire BD12 0QB

Tel: (01274) 678522

Manager, Scheme B:

Mrs. M. Homer

Eadie Cottage

Cutnall Green

Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 0PQ

Tel: (01299) 851637

Bee Diseases Insurance provides insurance cover for individual beekeepers, association apiaries and commercial beekeepers alike, against the possibility of their bees and equipment being destroyed as a result of a Destruction Order being levied by a visiting officer from MAFF.

The most common disease resulting in destruction is American foul brood but insurance also covers European foul brood at the moment. It should be borne in mind that colonies infected with Varroasis will be weakened and are therefore more susceptible to infection by AFB/EFB.

Scheme A provides cover for the beekeeper with a total of 39 hives or less. Cover is usually obtained through a member's association although a group of eight or more people can also make an application for cover. Initial enquiries should be made through local associations which will refer the applicant to the Scheme A Manager.

Scheme B provides cover for beekeepers with 40 or more colonies in total. Insurance under this Scheme is on a personal basis and further details can be obtained from the Scheme B Manager.





General Secretary:

B.A. Stenhouse

Borders Honey Farm




Tel: (01387) 376737



Chairman: G. Burroughs, Halcyon Honey, Woodstock Road, Charlbury,

Oxon, OX7 3ET

Vice chairman. I. Kirkwood, Heatherhills Honey Farm, Bridge of Cally, Blairgowrie,

Tayside PH10 7J6

Treasurer: M.J. Chandler, Dyers Hall Farm, Sundon Rd, Harlington, Dunstable

LU5 6LL Tel: (01525) 874854

Pollination Sec.: M.R. Williams, 41 Clive Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 1PJ

Tel: (01795) 478800

BFA is affiliated to the National Farmers Union. Membership is restricted to commercial beekeepers with over 40 stocks. Business is conducted at two general meetings of members, the AGM held in London during the National Honey Show and the residential Spring Meeting held at various venues in March.


· To monitor and to keep members informed about developments in commercial

beekeeping, bee science and UK and EEC legislation.

· Liaison with Farmers, Growers, Contractors, Consumers and other organisations.

· Liaison with UK Government Depts dealing with beekeeping and allied matters.

· Liaison and co-operation with CONBA and UK Beekeeping organisations.

· Contact with European beekeeping organisations and representation on the EEC Honey

Working Party (COPA/COGECA) in Brussels.

· Political lobbying through MPs and Euro MPs.

· To promote the production of high quality UK honey and to pursue cases of misleading

labelling and misrepresentation of honey.

· To provide pollination services through the National Pollination Service.



· Frequent Bulletins with news and updates, notes on meetings with MAFF and the EEC,

reports on current beekeeping problems (e.g. varroa) and commercial developments.

· Free advertisement of members' sales and wants (including hive products, bee stocks and spare equipment).

· Crop and winter loss reports.

· Circulation among members of UK and foreign magazines.

· Free insurance for products liability and third party.

· Comprehensive special beefarmers insurance with the NFU.

· Pollination contracts.

· Advice from experienced members on all aspects of honey farming and commercial

beekeeping; sources of equipment and sundries.

· Product directory listing specialist suppliers.

· Discounts from suppliers.

· Bulk purchase schemes.




These officers offer a comprehensive range of day and evening courses in both theoretical and practical beekeeping for those who wish to take up beekeeping and for experienced beekeepers. They also offer an adult bee disease diagnostic service.

Gloucestershire Tony Boonham, Hartpury College, Hartputry House, Gloucester GL19 3BE

Kent Brian Palmer, Hadlow College, Hadlow, Tonbridge TN11 0AL

Tel: (01732) 850551

Surrey D.H. Daniels, Merrist Wood Ag. College, Worplesdon, Guildford

GU3 3PE Tel: (01483) 232424


The following may offer a range of theoretical and practical courses in beekeeping, in some cases an advisory service or a diagnostic service for adult bee diseases only may be offered.

The range of services and activities is wide and this list is not exhaustive but the following may be contacted for details of facilities in an enquirer's area.

Bedfordshire A.R.W. Griffin NDB, 64 Leafields, Houghton Regis, Dunstable LU5 5LX

Berkshire George Butler, Berks College of Agriculture, Burchetts Green,

Maidenhead SL6 6QR

Devon Dr. Mick Street, Bicton College of Agriculture, Budleigh Salterton


Essex Clive de Bruyn, NDB c/o, Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR

Gloucestershire J.S. Cox, Gloucestershire College of Agriculture, Hartpury House,

Gloucester GL19 3BE

Hereford & Wor.Jim Crundwell NDB, Pershore College of Horticulture, Worcester

WR10 3JP

Hertfordshire Peter Dalby, Oaklands College, Hatfield Road, St. Albans AL4 0JA

Humberside R. Chambers, College of Agriculture, Bishop Burton, Beverley HU17 8QG

Norfolk Paul Metcalf NDB, Easton College, Easton, Norwich NR9 8DX

Somerset David Charles, Cannington College of Agriculture & Horticulture,

Bridgwater TA5 2LS

Wiltshire Oliver Menhinick, Lackham College, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2NY

Suggestions for additions to this list are welcome


Essex is one of the few counties which has a full time County Beekeeping Instructor whose job covers all aspects of beekeeping education. Advice to the general public on bees, beekeeping, hive produce, pollination and insecticide sprays is one aspect of the job, nightschool classes


and dayschools for new and experienced beekeepers is another. Instruction for the full time college students and local schools and associations also comes within this brief. There are also opportunities for residential week long courses and long weekend breaks for new beekeepers and experienced apiarists.

A number of out apiaries are maintained for more advanced beekeeping courses and specialist activities such as queen rearing.


A number of courses are run at various centres in the county. In the winter months the theoretical aspects of beekeeping are covered. Some of these classes are specifically geared to the BBKA examinations. In the summer, when the honeybees are active, practical beekeeping classes are run so that students can learn the techniques of handling bees.


In the last 18 months dayschools have been run on the following topics:

· Queen rearing · Pollen analysis

· Pollen Trapping · Skep making

· Candle making · Royal Jelly

· Honey judging · Swarm control

· Pollen supplement making and feeding · Honey marketing

· Brood disease recognition · Foundation making

· Propolic collection and marketing · Varroa update

· Anatomy of the honeybee · Microscopy

· Computers in beekeeping

For Further information on any classes, courses or dayschools contact:

Clive de Bruyn

(County Beekeeping Instructor)

Writtle College


Essex CM1 3RR

Tel: (01245) 420561



Contact: Northern Bee Books FAO Julie Dower

Scout Bottom Farm


Hebden Bridge

Tel: (01422) 882751

BEES I & II are self-help associations of local, county and country association beekeeping editors which operate principally by exchanging journals monthly through a central address. The schemes are supported by Northern Bee Books.

BEES I was founded in 1984, BEES II in 1994, both after successful beekeeping ediors' courses when it became evident that editors frequently do not have the support they need from their associations. Now fully established as part of the British, Irish Republican and British Columbian beekeeping scene the schemes can make participants and their members the best informed and most up to date beekeepers anywhere. Enthusiasm for BEES is confirmed by a nil drop-out rate.

The aims are:

· to exchange ideas for content and production methods

· to aid others by experience

· to communicate matters editorial

· to share information on national beekeeping issues

· to help and reassure those new to the task

· to give a wider readership to the best writing in

beekeeping journalism

If you are an editor or potential editor and would like to know more about how we operate write to Northern Bee Books.


To join Contact: Mr Rolf Ellis, 19 Whaddon Road, Cheltenham Gloucestershire

GL52 5LZ (U.K.)

Bees Abroad is a new organisation which is registered as a legally recognised UK charity ( Registered Charity No 1079266). We have a very single, very simple objective, that is the relief of poverty through the development of beekeeping. Bees Abroad started when various people who were working independently and privately in two countries ( Nepal and Cameroon) decided to form a properly recognised group because it seemed better to use each others knowledge, experience and skills to best advantage.

We aim to support appropriate and sustainable methods of beekeeping to help people improve their standard of living by becoming bee farmers or to otherwise maximise their benefits from the development of beekeeping and related activities such as improved uses of hive products or marketing.

Bees Abroad offer direct funding and technical support as required for suitable beekeeping projects for a defined period after which they are expected to become self-sufficient. They must be run by a properly formulated local group with a project manager accountable to Bees Abroad. New projects are scrutinised and agreed in detail by the charity's trustees, who include experienced beekeepers, before approval.

We undertake to raise money to help this happen for as many good projects as we are able to cope with. This means that Bees Abroad is first and foremost a direct funding charity.

We raise funds through sponsorship, fundraising events, holidays and member support. By becoming a member of Bees Abroad for just £10 per annum, you can share your beekeeping interests with others, knowing that you are helping to support overseas beekeepers and their families. Members will receive newsletters with progress on the projects and information about the holidays, which offer first hand experience of beekeeping in different countries. We welcome members taking an active part in Bees Abroad. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Hon Secretary, Pam Gregory, Pentrebwlen, Llanddewi Biefi, Tregaron, Dyfed SY25 6RA



Contact: Dr. Nicola Bradbear

Bees for Development



NP25 4AB

Tel: (01600) 713648 Fax: (01600) 716167


World Wide Web:

*** Our Philosophy ***

To assist people living in poor and remote areas of the world, and to raise international awareness about the value of beekeeping for poverty alleviation

*** Our Objectives ***

We support beekeepers in developing countries

We promote simple sustainable beekeeping

We help people to gain an income without destroying their habitat

*** Our Rationale ***

Incomes can be earned from the sale of bee products

Crop yields increased with improved pollination

Diets and health improved

We provide information, give expert advice, run training courses and carry out research. If you need information about 'bees overseas' contact Bees for Development!

HELP US in our important work!

·Sponsor a poor beekeeper to receive "Beekeeping and Development". Help them to improve their living standards for just £16 a year.

·Subscribe to " Beekeeping & Development"

· Join a Bees for Development safari: learn and travel with local beekeeping experts

· Buy your bee books and videos from us. Ask for our catalogue Books to Buy.

All income generated supports our valuable and important work



General Secretary:

Peter B Spencer

National Beekeeping Centre

NAC, Stoneleigh Park

Warwickshire CV8 2LZ

Tel: (01203) 696679 Fax: (01203) 690682

BBKA Headquarters:

National Beekeeping Centre, National Agricultural Centre,

Stoneleigh, Warks. CV8 2LZ Tel: (01203) 696679 Fax: (01203) 690682

(Office hours 9.00am­12.00 Monday - Friday (inclusive)

Telephone answering service outside office hours


Brian Milward, Office Assistant


President: M.J. Badger, Kara, Thorn Lane, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 1NN

Chairman: N. Hughes, 103 Coniston Road, Kempshot, Basingstoke, Hants RG22 5HU

Vice Chairman: I A Preece, Appledore, Box View, Colerne, Chippenham SN14 8DH

Members: F.B. Cramp, 2 Woodland Drive, Groby, Leicester LE6 0BQ

A.P. Dalby, 37 Cecil Road, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN8 8TN

G.R. Davies, Landscore, Eastern Road, Ashburton, Devon TR13 7AR

Dr I Davis ,Land-Kotal, Brinsea Rd, Congresbury, Bristol BS49 5JJ

Mrs V. Forsyth, Bryngwyn, 62 Stryd Fawe, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0HB

J. Hendrie, 1 Wasdale Close, West Bridgeford, Notts NG2 6RG

G.H. Moxon, 9 Savery Street, Southcoates Lane, Hull HU9 3BG

G. Munro, 17, Blackheath Business Centre, 78b Blackheath Hill, London

SE10 8BA

Dr G Jameson-Turnball,, 48, Coleton Gardens, Ingleby, Barwick, Tyneside

TS17 0YA

Mas. I.C. Waring, Stoneycroft, Back Lane, LT. Addington NN14 4AX

Treasurer: Miss A West, Sunnybank, Mells, Somerset BA11 3PE



General Secretary



The Husbandry Committee also covers bee diseases and European & UK Government regulations. Details from the Secretary, Dr. I Davis


John Hendrie, 1 Wasdale Close, West Bridgeford, Notts NG2 6RG

Tel: (0115) 982 5804


The Technical Committee covers: Environmental Issues, Research and Scientific, Spray and Pesticides matters of concern. Details from the Secretary, I. Preece.


Member Associations fix their annual subscription rates according to their financial requirements and the services they provide for their members. The annual capitation fee payable by County and Area Member Associations to BBKA is £7.50. The membership fee payable by Specialist Member Associations is £25 per annum and the Individual Members' subscription is £10 per annum, overseas £15 per annum.


The Examinations Board of BBKA performs a national function, providing a structured range of examinations fulfilling the needs of all beekeepers. All matters concerning examinations, except for the correspondence course, should be addressed to the Examinations Secretary.


Courses to prepare candidates for the Basic Examination, and Modular Examinations are available.

Details from the Courses Secretary, G.M. Collins, 72 Tatenhill Gardens, Doncaster DN4 6TL.


The Legal Adviser to the BBKA may be able to help Local Associations with legal problems to a limited extent. Contact through the General Secretary.


Help and advice for members who have suffered losses from poisonous sprays may be obtained from the Technical Committee Secretary. A leaflet, 'Protecting Honey Bees from Pesticides' is available from Headquarters.


The various gatherings of beekeepers continue to be a feature of BBKA's many functions and provide a vital service for the dissemination of knowledge and the drawing together of members.

The three day Convention held in conjunction with the National Honey Show and the Spring Convention at Stoneleigh, combined with the comprehensive features of the Bee Fair, are now firmly established events. From time to time day or weekend courses are held on special subjects. For the past two years there has been a stand featuring bees and beekeeping at the BBC Gardeners World Live Show.



Every Individual Member of BBKA and every fully paid-up member of a Beekeeping Association affiliated to BBKA is indemnified under Saturn Public Liability policies for sums which they may become legally liable to pay in respect of claims arising out of beekeeping activities made against them for injury or for damage to property. The cover extends to maximum of £2,000,000 arising from any one accident or series of accidents. The beekeeper must bear the first £250 of each and every claim.

Two other types of insurance are available to beekeepers:

1. The "All Risks" which covers loss of or damage to hives and equipment

2. The BBKA Combined Insurance Scheme for Member Associations, which covers various

activities of associations.

Further details can be obtained from the BBKA Treasurer.


This committee was established to develop apicultural education and the BBKA correspondence courses.


· BBKA Year Book contains detailed information about BBKA including the Annual Report

of the Executive and other committees and the Annual Accounts. Copies can be obtained

from Headquarters for £1.00p + 9" x 6" s.a.e.

· BBKA News is issued six times a year, free to all members of BBKA. The Editor/Advertising

Manager is Mrs. S. Blake, Stratton Court, Over Stratton, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5LQ
Distribution is organised by Mary Dartnall, 2 Harlyn Road, Southampton SO1 4NF
· Association Officers' Handbook is about running an association and contains useful

information for all area and local BKA officers. £2.00 from BBKA HQ.
· Directory of Lecturers & Demonstrators - compiled by the Education Committee to help
those who organise meetings. Send 60p and a 9" x 6 1/2" s.a.e. to H.Q.

The Association's range can be bought at several of the major national events.
Mail order enquiries should be addressed to L. Brooks, The Firs, 6 Ivens Lane, Litchborough,

Nr. Towcaster, Northants NN12 8JG.

The main items are:

· Leaflets ­ a number of reasonably priced leaflets on beekeeping matters.

· Show material ­ a range of Prize Cards, Class Cards, Labels and specimen Show Rules,

Honey Grading Filters and Medals.

· Hive Plans ­ detailed plans for the construction of Modified National, Smith, WBC hives

and the Sundown Floor.

· Other items ­ Honeybee Anatomy Transparencies, Badges, Brooches, Ties.

A wide selection of video cassettes, projection slides and sound cassettes on beekeeping and conservation generally is available, including two videos on varroa.

Requests for video and sound cassettes should be made to BBKA HQ, requests for projection and microscope slides should be made to BBKA Slides Officer J.W. Rainey, Delft Cottage, Wood Lane, Aspley Guise, Milton Keynes MK17 8EJ Tel: (01908) 582888.


Catalogues of available material are available for 75p on receipt of a 9" x 6" s.a.e. New material is reviewed by the librarians who welcome enquiries, suggestions and donations of items to improve the service.


Avon Wing Cmdr. T A Salter 44 Edward Road, Clevedon, Somerset BS21 7DT

Tel: (01275) 870295

Berkshire Mrs. S. Napper, 56 Lamorna Crescent, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 5WF

Tel: (01189) 455094

Bournemouth Mrs. E. Ware, 23 Barrowgate Road, Throop, Bournemouth, Dorset
Tel: (01202) 516883

Bucks. Mr M Buckle, The Little House, Newton Blossomville, Beds MK43 8AS

Tel: (01234) 881262

Cambridgeshire M. Elaine Rose, 19 Storey's Way, Cambridge CB3 0DP Tel: (01223) 353255

Cheshire M.F. Haynes, 98 Gatley Road, Gatley, Stockport SK8 4AB Tel: (0161) 491 2382

Chesterfield Mrs. S. Wright, 21 Mitchell Street, Clowne, Derbyshire S43 4SH

Tel: (01246) 810771

Cornwall J P Widdicombe,, 4 West Street, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1AA

Tel: (01752) 822335

Cornwall West D G McIntosh, North Parade, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4SH

Tel: (01736) 361294

Cumbria J A Harris, Bankhead Farm, Newby East, Carlisle, Cumbria

Tel: (012280) 573 289

Derbyshire M J Cross, Harlestone, Beggarswell Wood, Ambergate, Derbyshire DE56 2HF

Tel: (01773) 852772

Devon C. Utting, Codden, Golf Links Road, Westward Ho!, North Devon

EX391HH Tel: (01237) 474500

Dorset C. Slade , 13, Church Road, Maiden Newton, Dorset DT2 0AB

Tel: (01300) 320777

Dover & Dist. Mrs E Gordon-Sales 10 Radnor Park Road, Folkstone, Kent Tel: (01303) 251971
Durham G. Eames, 23 Lancashire Drive, Belmont, Durham DL17 0HA

Tel: 07970 926250
Essex H.W. Clark, 74 Mount Crescent, Brentwood CM14 5DD Tel: (01277) 220561

Glos. C. Smallwood, "Cartref" Dark Lane, Swindon Village, Cheltenham GL51 9RW

Tel: (01242) 235074

Gwent Mrs J Bromley, Ty Hir, Monmouth Road, Raglan, Monmouthshire NP5

Tel: (01291) 690331

Hampshire Mrs. J. Powell, 64 Burnt House Lane, Stubbington, Portsmouth PO14 2EF

Tel: (01329) 663467

H'gate & Ripon Mrs. M. Smith, Flat 1, 1 Brunswick Drive, Harrogate HG1 2PZ


Tel: (01423) 858209

Herefordshire Mrs. H.L. Beaver, Rose Cottage, Upper Hill, Leominister HR6 0JZ

Tel: (01568) 720343

Hertfordshire Mrs. O.M. Gabriel, 25 Winton Drive, Cheshunt, Herts. EN8 9JP Tel: (01992) 626903

Hunts. D Williams, Wikyn House, Church Street, Woodhurst, Huntingdon PE17 3BN

Tel: (01487) 822228

Isle of Man Mrs E Speers, Fy-Yerrey, Eyreton Road, Crosby, Isle of Man IM4 4BR

Tel: (01624) 851784

Isle of Wight Mrs. J. Starling, Afton, Cranmore Avenue, Yarmouth PO41 OXS

Tel: (01983) 760634

Kendal & S. W'ld J.M. Bottomley, 21 Hillcrest Drive, Slackhead, Beetham, Milnthorpe

LA7 7BB Tel: (01732) 883163

Kent P. Baker, Friston, Borough Green Road, Igghtham, Kent TN15 9HS

Tel: (0181) 777 1841

Kings Lynn Mrs. M. Dunkley, Castle Farmhouse, Wormegay, Kings Lynn PE33 0SE

Tel: (01533) 840315

Lancs. & N.W. Mr Myron, Park Cottage, 24, Laurel Road, West Park, St Helens

Tel: (01744) 21614

Leics. & Rut'd F.B. Cramp, 2 Woodland Drive, Groby, Leicester LE6 0BQ Tel: (0116) 287 6879

Lincolnshire Mrs. A. Holderness, 15 Holdingham, Sleaford, Lincs. NG34 8NR

Tel: (01529) 302774

London J Lush, 97 Larkhill Rise, London SW4 6HR Tel: (0207) 622 9407

Ludlow & Dist. Mr Proctor, Stone House, Knowbury, Shropshire SY8 3LR Tel: (01548) 890895

Manch. & Dist. Mrs. M. Bohme, 54 Dunster Drive, Flixton, Manchester M31 3WR

Tel: (0161) 747 7292

Middlesex Mrs. J.V. Telfer, Midwood House, Elm Park Road, Pinner HA5 3LH

Tel: (0208) 868 3494

Mole Apiary D. Cutler, Romney House, 70 Hurst Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT6 1AL Club Tel: (0208) 224 9283

N'castle & Dist. J R Pearce, 8 Lynwood Close, Darras Hill, Ponteland, Newcastle NE20 9JG

Tel: (01661) 824810

Norfolk Mr Heighes, 27 Parsons Mead, Eaton Village, Norwich NR4 6PG

Tel: (01603) 453123

Northants. Ms M Holland, 22 Graham Hill, Silverstone, Northants NN12 8UQ

Tel: (01327) 857328

Northumberl'd I. Homer, Dyke Row Cottage, Stanegate, Newbrough NE47 5BE

Tel: (01434) 674395

Notts. M. Jordan, 29 Crow Park Avenue, Sutton on Trent, Nr Newark NG23 6QG

Tel: (01636) 821613

Oxfordshire Mrs Moyes, The Grange, 31 Acre End Street, Eynsham, Oxon OX8 1PF

Tel: (01865) 880 288

Peterborough P.G. & J.E. Newton, 65 Queen Street, Yaxley, Peterboro' PE7 3JE

Tel: (01733) 243349

Shropshire Mrs P G Mungeam, Upper Dumble Holes, Westbury, Shrewsbury SY5 9HE Tel: (01743) 791081


Shropshire N. Mrs R Whittaker, Aston House, Barkers Green, Wem, Shropshire SY4 5JN Tel: (01939) 233500

Somerset Mrs S Perkins, Tengore House, Tengore Lane, Langport, Somerset TA10 9JL

Tel: (01458) 250095

Staffs. N. Mrs A Hulme, Rook Hall Farm, Butterton, Newcastle under Lyme ST5 4DX

Tel: (01782) 657666

Staffs. South R Davis, 1 Devall Close, Rugeley, Staffs WS15 1JW Tel: (01889) 585839

S'ford on Avon D.N. Keyte, Sunnybank, Wootton Wawen, Solihull B95 6BH Tel: (01564) 792872

Suffolk Ian McQueen, 643 Foxhall Road, Ipswich Tel: (01473) 420187


Surrey D Reygate, 3 Blue House Gardens, Limpsfield, Oxted RH8 0AUTel: (01883) 716273

Sussex Mrs R H M Champion, 45 Ridgeway, Hurst Green, Etchingham TN19 7PJ

Tel: (01580) 860379

Sussex West R L Noakes, Highfield, Newpound Common, Wisborough Green,

Billinghurst RH14 0EJ Tel: ex directory

Thanet TMrs R Pearce, Summerfield Cottage, Summerfield, Woodesborough,

Nr Sandwich CT13 0EW Tel: (01304) 614789

Twickenham & Thames Valley

C. Deaves, 12 Chatsworth Crescent, Hounslow TW3 2PB Tel: (0181) 568 2869

Warwickshire Mrs. C.F. Davis, The Pines, Hidgetts Lane, Berkswell CV7 7DG

Tel: (01676) 533252

Wiltshire W. H. Clark, Applegarth, 97 Westbury Leigh, Westbury BA13 3SF

Tel: (01373) 822892

Worcestershire Mrs. U. Brandwood, 10 Monnow Close, Droitwich Spa WR9 8TF

Tel: (01905) 772070

Wye Valley W. Hartland, Red House, Hollybush Lane, Much Birch, Herefordshire HR2 8HX Tel: ex directory

York & Dist. T. Robinson, 71 Broadway, York YO1 4PJ Tel: (01904) 626170

Yorkshire G.M. Moxon, 9 Savery Street, Southcoates Lane, Hull HU9 3BG

Tel: (01482) 782052

Unaffiliated Beekeeping Associations

Bedfordshire R. Sherwood, 157 Bedford Road, Wootton MK43 9BA

Carshalton H.C.J. Steggals, 111 Carshalton Park Road, Carshalton Beeches, Carshalton


Enfield D.L. Curtis, 47 Hadrians Ride, Lincoln Road, Enfield EN1 1DF

Medway Co. Kent

P. Griffiths, Park House, The Street, Newnham, Sittingbourne ME9 0LU

Jersey E. Gautier, Cromwell Lodge, Belvedere Hill, St. Saviour, Jersey, Ch. Islands



Avon G. Simms, Westholm, Lake Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 9JA

Berkshire G.R. Hawthorne, 69 West Chiltern, Woodcote, Reading RG8 0SG

Bucks. D.J. Pigram, 4 Hobart Close, High Wycomb, Bucks. HP13 6UF

Tel: (01494) 523783

Derbyshire B. Fletcher, 217 Henhurst Hill, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9SX

Devon J.D. Yates, Tides Reach, Yealm View Road, Newton Ferrers, Plymouth,

Devon PL8 1AN

Dorset R.O.M. Page, 452 Chickerell Road, Weymouth DT3 4DH

Dorset South Mrs. M. Davies, 80 Leybourne Avenue, Ensbury Park, Bournemouth,

Dorset BH10 6HE

Essex W.D. Fildes, 18 Andersons, Stanford-le-Hope SS17 7JF

D.J. Webber, Breewood Cottage, School Lane, Great Horkesley, Colchester,

Esaex CO6 4BW

Glos. K.B. Durk, 242 London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL52 6HS

Hampshire J.D. Cossburn, Roselea, Hamdown Crescent, West Wellow, Romsey

H'gate & Ripon M.J.M. Annett, 3 Rossett Drive, Harrogate HG2 9NS

Herefordshire P. Quilliam, 71 Seaton Avenue, Hereford HR1 1NP

Hertfordshire G.A. Emmerson, 41 Bloomhills, Welwyn Garden City, Herts. AL5 1RE

Kent Mrs. J.S. Lea, Maypole Farm, Maypole Lane, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2QP

Tel: (01580) 211614

Lincolnshire R J B Hickling. Linden Lea, Sandbraes.CAISTOR, LN7 6SB

Lancashire C. Rawnsley, 31 Brunswick Road, Morecambe, Lancashire

Oxfordshire Mrs M. Rees, 4 Quarry Hollow, Headington OX3 8JR

Notts. D. Guthrie, 9 Winchilsea Avenue, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 4AD

Shropshire N. Mrs. A. Thorpe, Wynn Cottage, Lower Perthy, Ellesmere, Shropshire

SY12 0HX Tel: (01691) 622852

Somerset David Charles, Bickerton, Church Lane, West Pennard, Glastonbury BA6 8NT

Staffs. N. Dr. N.C. Mawby, Glenwood, Wood Lane, Longsdon, Stoke on Trent

ST9 9QB Tel: (01538) 399322

Staffs. S. D.J. Clift, Rose Cottage, 14 Long Lane, Newtown, Great Wryley WS6 6AU

Tel: (01922) 401105

Suffolk Mrs. Sally Green, 22 Old Street, Haughley, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 3HX

Tel: (01449) 770391

Sussex East Mrs. D. McKecknie, 137 High Street, Lindfield, Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 2HR

Sussex West R. Hamilton, 137 Pondtail Road, Horsham RH12 5HT

Warwickshire P.D. Lishman, Aston Farm House, Newtown Lane, Shustoke, Coleshill

B46 2SD
Worcs. D.P. Friel, 17 Tennal Road, Harborne, Birmingham B32 2JD

Yorkshire G.M. Collins, 72 Tatenhill Gardens, Doncaster, S. Yorkshire DN4 6TL
Where Associations have no Examinations Secretary the Association Secretary deals with examinations. To help future candidates it is suggested that Associations without an Examination Secretary appoint one. Associations are responsible for arranging a suitable


room for the written Examinations and recommending an invigilator.


Badger M.J. 14 Thorn Lane, Leeds LS8 1NN

Blackburn, Mrs. H.M.

15 Highdown Hill Road, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8QR

Brown Mrs. V. 20 Swains Lane, Flackwell Heath HP10 9PU

Capener Rev. H.F. 1 Baldric Road, Folkestone CT20 2NR

Clark, Mrs. R.E. 10 The Park, Bookham, Surrey KT23 3JL

Collins G.M. 72 Tavenhill Gardens, Doncaster DN4 6TL

Cooper Miss R.M. 10 Gaskells End, Tokers Green, Reading RG4 9EW

Creighton R. Long Reach, Stockbury Valley, Sittingbourne ME9 7QP

Creighton Mrs. K. Long Reach, Stockbury Valley, Sittingbourne ME9 7QP

Daniels D.H. Twin Oaks, Nightingale Road, Ash, Aldershot, Hants.

Davies Mrs. M. 80 Leybourne Avenue, Ensbury Park, Bournemouth BH10 6HE

Diaper B. 69 Russell Bank Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B74 4RQ

Dickson, Ms. F. Didlington Manor, Didlington, Thetford, Norfolk IP26 5AT

Duggan R.M. Redstone Wood Cottage, Philanthropic Lane, Redhill RH1 4DF

Fielding L.G. Linley, Station Road, Lichfield WS13 6HZ

Hart H.R. 8 Manor Rise, Bearsted, Maidstone ME14 4DB

Hawthorne G.R. 69 West Chiltern, Woodcote, Reading RG8 0SG

Hender L. Higher Cottage, Westowe, Lydeard St. Lawrence, Taunton TA4 3SH

Hughes E. 5 Rowdale Crescent, Sheffield S12 4SJ

Jones W.J. Avalon, Llanfrothen, Gwynedd LL48 6LJ

MacGiollaCoda M.C.

Glengarra Wood, Burncourt, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Republic of Ireland

McCormick E. 14 Akers Lane, Eccleston, St. Helens, Lancs. WA10 4QL

Orton J. Occupation Road, Sibson, Nuneaton CV13 6LD

Rawlings A. The Elms, Frog Lane, Upper Boddington, Daventry NN11 6DJ

Read A.J. Everest, Firs Road, Winterslow, Salisbury SP5 1ST

Rodgers J.S. 46a Turner Road, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5LA

Rolt Mrs. R.E. Ambonne, Northfields Lane, Aldingbourne, Chichester PO20 6UH

Rounce J.N. Mill View, Scarborough Road, Great Walsingham NR22 6AB

Salter T.A. 74 Hawthorne Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham B30 1EG

Scruby J.T.W. Pilgrims Ridge, Markway, Godalming, Surrey

Sommerville G. Valley View, Healey, Masham, Ripon HG4 4LH

Symes C.J. 189 Marlow Bottom Road, Marlow SL7 3PL

Taylor A.J. The Old Pyke Cottage, Hethelpit Cross, Staunton GL19 3QJ

Tonsley C.C. 46 Queen Street, Geddington, Kettering NN14 1AZ

Tucker J.C. 18 Cedar Road, Woodsmoor, Stockport SK2 7DN

Vickery R.G.L. Ponderosa, Verwood Road, Three Legged Cross, Wimborne BH21 6RN


Ashley, Mr. T. E. Meadow Cottage, Elton Lane, Winterley, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 4TN

Buckle, Mr. M. J. The Little House, Newton Blossomville, Bedford MK43 8AN

Chirnside L. Bryn-y-Pant Cottage, Upper Llanover, Abergavenny NP7 9ES

Donoghue J. Bunnagappa, Walsh Islands, Geasehill, Co. Offaly, Eire

Duffin J.M. Ringwood, Hampshire

Guest S.B. Bridge House, Hindheath Road, Wheelock, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 9LY

Harries C.D. 53 West View, Creech St. Michael, Taunton TA3 5DU



Secretary: David Allen 75 Newhall Road, Kirk Sandall ,Doncaster DN3 1QQ

Tel/fax 01302 885813 e-mail:

Membership Secretary: Brian Dennis, 50 Station Road, Cogenhoe, Northants NN7 1LU

Tel 01604 890117 e-mail:

Publication Sales:

Alan Hinchley, 2 Birchwood Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7HB

Tel 01773 832086

Breeding Groups Secretary: Albert Knight, 11 Thomson Drive, Codnor, Ripley DE5 9RU

Tel: 01773 745287 Fax: 01773 570461 e-mail:

BIBBA is an organisation devoted to encouraging beekeepers to breed native bees. The bee more suited to our environmental circumstances than other sub species.

BIBBA's aims are publicised through books, workshops, lectures and conferences.

BIBBA also co-operates with continental Beekeeping and breeding groups interested in conserving and improving their own native bees.

Breeding techniques advocated include:

· Assessment of colonies by observation, recording certain criteria on standard

record cards.

· Determination and purity of sub species by measurement of morphometric characters and mitrochondial DNA.

· Use of mini nucs for the mating of queens economically

BIBBA Publications include:

· The Honeybees of the British Isles by Beowulf Cooper

· Breeding Techniques and Selection for Breeding of the Honeybee by Prof. F. Ruttner

· The Dark European Honey Bee by Prof. F. Ruttner, Rev. Eric Milner and John Dews

· Breeding Better Bees using Simple Modern Methods by John E. Dews and Rev.Eric Milner

· Better Beginnings for Beekeepers by Adrian Waring

BIBBA encourages the formation of Bee Breeding Groups, and the sharing of knowledge between groups and provision of genetic material.

BIBBA Conference 2002. Watch the Bee Press or enter our mailing list.

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Registered Charity No.328685

Hon. Secretary: Ms. B.V. Ball

104 Lower Luton Road


St. Albans

Herb. AL4 8HH


Chairman: Prof. L.A.F. Heath

Treasurer: Mr. L.F. Hewitson

Dr. D.A.W. Hill


This Charitable Trust was established in 1990 through the generosity of Mr. C.B. Dennis. It aims to use the interest from the capital investment of £65,000 to support British research projects that are likely to benefit beekeeping in the relatively short term, giving some priority to work on bee diseases. The total amount of income available for award annually is only about £5,000. This will allow the Trust to help existing projects or support short term investigations but not to initiate new areas of research.

The Trust is an independent body making awards to institutions or individuals on the basis of scientific merit of submitted proposals and perceived benefit to British beekeeping. Eight awards have been made to date and the following examples illustrate the diversity honey bee research supported.

Dr. Ingrid Williams of Rothamsted Experimental Station was assisted in the collection and analysis of data on pollination practice in the UK; information that is rarely published but essential for apiculture to be recognised as a vital component of sustainable agriculture in the nineties and beyond. The results of this work were presented in the lecture Dr. Williams gave at the BBKA Spring Convention in April 1992 and have now been published as part of wider studies.

Dr. William Kirk of the University of Keele, Staffordshire received support over three years to produce an updated and comprehensive colour guide to the pollen loads of honey bees in Britain. This practical aid to beekeepers has now been published and is an essential text for those who wish to identify the pollen sources of their bees.

Other awards have been made to Mark Allen of Rothamsted Experimental Station who aimed to develop a rapid, specific and sensitive serological test for detecting honey bee viruses in the parasitic mite Varroa jacobsoni, to the International Bee Research Association for portable

computer equipment that could be used to increase the availability of their extensive databases to the beekeeping public at meetings and shows and to Fani Hatjina, a student at Cardiff University, to enable her to complete her studies on means of improving the efficiency of pollination by honey bees.

Application forms for research project funding and guidance notes for applicants are available on request from the Secretary.


The Trust is seeking additional financial support to build up the investment capital so that sufficient income is generated to initiate the research that beekeepers would like to see undertaken. To achieve this end will take many donations of all sizes from individuals, branches, county associations and other organisations. All donations, however small, will be added to the capital and bee reasearch will benefit from the income in perpetuity. There are three ways you can help:

l. Make a small donation now

2. Persuade your branch or county association to make a larger donation

3. Consider leaving a bequest to the Trust in your will. As the Trust is a registered Charity this

can reduce your inheritance tax liability. The Trust can accept shares or property as well as financial bequests.

Please think about this and help if you can.

All donations and correspondence should be sent to the Secretary.



Secretary: Margaret English

6 Oxford Road

Teddington TW11 0PZ

President: Brenda Ball, IACR ­ Rothamstead, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 2JQ

Chairman: Prof. R.S. Pickard, British Nutrition Foundation, 52 - 54 High Holborn,

London WC1V 6RQ

Treasurer: T.B. Trood, Blackdown Cottage, Curland, Taunton, Somerset TA3 5SA

Programme Secretary:

N.L. Carreck, IACR-Rothamsted, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 2JQ

Editor: A.W. Johnson, 140 Lovelace Drive, Pyrford, Woking, Surrey. GU22 8RZ

Sales and Distribution: K. Prudom, 8 Marlborough Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 0HJ

Editor: A.W. Johnson, 140 Lovelace Drive, Pyrford, Woking, Surrey GU22 8RZ

The Central Association of Beekeepers in its present form dates from the time of the reorganisation of the British Beekeepers' Association in 1945. The BBKA was originally made up of private members only. However as County Associations were formed they applied for affiliation and were later permitted to send delegates to meetings of the Central Association, as the private members were then known. This arrangement became unsatisfactory as the voting power of the Central Association greatly outnumbered that of the County Associations and so in 1945 a new Constitution was drawn up whereby the Council comprised Delegates from the Counties and Specialist Member Associations. The private members then formed themselves into a Specialist Member Association with the designation 'The Central Association of the British Beekeepers' Association'; this was later shortened to its present style.

The Association was able to devote itself to its own particular aims, to promote interest in current thought and findings about beekeeping and aspects of entomology related to honey-bees and other social insects. Lectures given by scientists and other specialists are arranged, printed and circulated to members, as has been done since 1879.

Meetings are held in London at the Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1, with an annual Conference in Leamington Spa in October. The subscription is £9.00 per annum, £10.00 for joint membership (one copy only of publications).



Avon Dr. I.Davies, Landai-Kotal, Brinsea Road, Congresbury,N. Somerset BS49 5JJ

Bedfordshire Ian Beaty, 13 Bowling Green Road, Cranfield, Bedford MK43 0ET

Berkshire Ron Crocker, 25 Ship Lake Bottom, Peppard Common, Oxon RG9 5HH

Cambridgeshire Eleanor Witter, 177 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2RN

Cheshire G.F. Royle, 7 Symondley Road, Sutton, Macclesfield SK11 0HT

Cornwall Gillian Searle, 6 Harleigh Road, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1AQ

Cumbria Mr D G Bates, Greenfield House, Low Green, Temple Sowerby, Penrith CA10 1SD

Derbyshire Mrs. M. Cowley, 14 Montpelier, Quorndon, Derbyshire DE22 5JW

Devon Brian Gant, Leat Cottage, Grange Road, Buckfast, Devon TQ11 0EH

Dorset Margaret Massey, Burley, Shorts Green Lane, Motcombe, Shaftesbury

Durham Jim O'Neil, 10 Idaho Gardens, Darlington DL1 2RG

Essex Pat Allen, 8 Franks Cottages, St Mary's Lane, Upminster RM14 3NU

Gloucestershire Mrs A Ellis, 19 Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 5LZ

Guernsey BKA Ruth Collins, Colombier House, Torteval, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Gwent Bridgett Woodhead, Stonewall Cottage, Warage Road, Raglan, Gwent NP5 2LD

Hampshire Stephen Fleming, 11 Byfields Road,Kingsclere, Newbury RG20 5TG

Herefordshire Reg Fennah, Highfields, Wormbridge, Hereford

Hertfordshire Mrs O. M. Gabriel, 125 Winton Drive, Cheshunt, Herts. EN8 9JP

Huntingdonsh. Peter Barker, 17 Rectory Lane, Somersham, Cambridge PE17 3EL

Isle of Wight Mrs F Goodhall, Highcliff, Luccombe Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight PO37 6RS

Kendal & S. Westmorland

Maurice Bottomley, 21 Hillcrest Drive, Slackhead, Beetham, Milnthorpe LA7 7BB

Kent P F W Hutton, 22 Goods Station Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2DB

Leics. & Rutland J Randall, 9 Station Road, Kirby Mulloe, Leics LE9 9EL

Lincolnshire P.Raines Grange Collage, Humberston Avenue,Humberston GRIMSBY DN36 4SL

London M.D.U. Granville, Flat 1, 32 Oppindans Road, London NW3 5AG

Mole A. Club Dennis Cutler, 70 Hurst Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AG

Newcastle George Batey, Rift Farm Cottage, Wylam NE41 8BL

Norfolk Paul Metcalfe, Norfolk College of Agriculture, Easton, Norwich NR9 5DX

Northamptonsh. Roger G Virgo, 5 Surfleet Close, Lincoln Estate, Corby NN18 9DG

Nottinghamsh. Stuart Ching 122 Marshall Hill Drive, Porchester Notts. NG3 6HW

Shropshire Peter Woodcock, 9 Buildwas Road, Wellington, Telford TF1 3NZ

Somerset Mike Milton, Homestead, South Hill, Somerton TA11 7JQ

Suffolk Zig Ruskin, 41 Bell Lane, Kesgrave,Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 7JH

Surrey D. Daniels, Merrist Wood Ag. College, Worpleston, Guildford, Surrey

Warwickshire Brian Milward, 13 Ash Drive, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

West Cornwall

Wiltshire Ronald A Hoskins, 10 Larksfield, Covingham Park, Swindon SN3 5AD

Worcester Mrs U Brandwood, 10 Monnow Close, Droitwich, Worcester WR9 8T



Chairman: Bob Ogden

Pennymoor Cottage



Devon EX16 8LJ

Publications Officer:

David Loo 25 Woodlands, Newton-St-Cyres, Exeter, Devon EX5 5BP

Tel: (01392) 851472

DARG is an independent group of experienced enthusiastic beekeepers whose primary aim is to collect and analyse data on matters of topical interest which may assist their apicultural education and promote the advancement of beekeeping. At their monthly meetings, DARG members discuss various topics in open forum, during which they exchange ideas and information from their personal beekeeping knowledge and experience. They also undertake suitable research projects which further the Group's aims before disseminating their findings by publishing them in inexpensive booklets and other media.

Topics currently being undertaken include:-

The mating of virgin queens

Evaluation of the effectiveness of a proprietory product for the control of Varroa and Chalk Brood

A strategy for controlling Foul Brood

Observations on the control of Varroa jacobsoni

Pollen profiles resulting from bees foraging from members' apiaries

Publications available are:

· The Beeway Code A common sense guide for beginners to help avoid problems with

neighbours and produce a safe and peaceful apiary.

· Seasonal Management A newly published title and a useful aid to planning your work


· Living with Varroa jacobsoni a best selling title and an invaluable weapon in winning the
war against the mite - updated in 1999

· Queen Rearing A new edition providing detailed help in rearing new queens in order to

promote vigorous colonies

· Selection of Apiary Sites full of tips for choosing the right sites for your bees

All titles cost £2.00 per copy (post free) from the Publications Officer (tel. 01392 851472) Enquiries welcome from Associations for bulk purchases at discount prices - please contact the Publications Officer for details.


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Hon. Secretary: Mr. Michael G. Gleeson,

Ballinakill, Enfield Co. Meath

Tel: (0405) 41433 e-mail:


President: Mr. David Lee, Scart, Kildorrey, Co. Cork

Tel: (022) 25595

Vice President: Mr Philip McCabe, "Sherdara" Beaulieu Cross, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Tel: (041) 9836159

Vice President, Ex-Officio : Mr John Donoghue Bunnagappa, Walsh Island, Geashill,

Co Offaly Tel: (0502) 49579

Life Vice Presidents:

Mr. D.J. Deasy, 45 Waltham Terrace, Blackrock, Co. DublinTel: 01 2889085

Mr. J.J. Doran, St. Jude's, Mooncoin, via Waterford Tel: 051 895118

Mr. M.I. Moynihan, 41 Caseyville, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford Tel: 058 42389

Mr. P. O'Reilly, 11 Our Lady's Place, Naas, Co. Kildare Tel: 045 897568

Mr. M.L. Woulfe, Railway House, Midleton, Co. Cork Tel: (021) 631011

Hon. Editor: Jim Ryan, Innisfail, Kickham Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary Tel: (0504) 22228

Hon. Manager: Mr. Graham Hall, 'Weston', 38 Elton Park, Sandy Cove, Co. Dublin

Tel: (01) 280 3053

Hon. Treasurer: Frances Kane, Firmount, Clane, Co. Kildare

Education Officer:

Dr. Brendan Coughlan, Ard-na-Cloch, Corcullen, Moycullen, Co. Galway

Tel: (091) 555211

Summer Course Convener:: Michael Woulfe, Railway House, Middleton Co. Cork

Tel: (021) 631011

· Beekeeping in Ireland - A History
- J.K. Watson

This book gives the history of the craft from time immemorial to the present. It is well

bound, hard backed and excellently presented. There are 293 pages of valuable information

and 53 pictures of prominent beekeepers past and present. Price £6.00

· An Beachaire - The Irish Beekeeper Monthly organ of FIBKA, subscription £10.00stg post

free from The Manager. Readership of the Journal in Northern Ireland carries third party

insurance up to £2,000,000 on any one claim, on payment of £5.00stg extra.
· Bees, Hives and Honey - Published by F.I.B.K.A. - Edited by Eddie O'Sullivan. This book has been compiled from writings by some of Ireland's most prominent beekeepers of the present


day. It is an instructional book on beekeeping published as a millennium project and should prove a modern treatise on the craft of beekeeping and its associated products. There are over 200 pages, also many photographs and illustrations. Price £10.00


The Library is owned and controlled by FIBKA. It contains very many valuable books ancient and modern, available to members for return postage only. The Librarian is Jim Ryan, Innisfail, Kickham Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


The Examinations Board has sponsored correspondence courses for candidates preparing for the Intermediate and Senior (Bee Masters) Examinations. Applications to John Cunningham, Main Street, Tramore, Co. Waterford.


The Board conducts five grades of examinations at the annual Summer Course at Gormanston College: Preliminary, Intermediate, Senior, Lecturer, Honey Judge. Preliminary Examinations are also held at Provincial centres in May each year.


The Federation Examinations are recognised as Third Level Exhaminations by the National Council foe Educational Awards (NCEA), thus candidates who pass the Senior Examination may apply to the NCAE for a National Certificate in Science ( Apiculture) and candidates who have passed the Lectureship Examination and who have at least two years experience as Lecturers and who have also gained a sufficient standing in the beekeeping community may apply to the NCEA for a Diploma in Science ( Apiculture), these awards are conferred by the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) under a programme of Experiential Learning, for the Diploma a comprehensive Portfolio must be submitted to CIT, successful candidates are entitled to use the qualification NatDipSc (Apic). Courses for beginners are run by Affiliated Associations and the FIBKA holds an Annual Summer Course in Gormanston College in July. The course caters for three grades of students: beginners, intermediate, and senior and covers the theory and practice of modern apiculture. Examinations are held in these grades and also at Honey Judge and Lecturer level. Further information on the Examinations may be obtained from the Education Officer, Dr Brenden Coughlan, Chemistry Department, National University of Ireland, Galway 


This is held at Gormanston College in conjunction with the annual Beekeeping Course. The Schedule contains 32 Open Classes and 3 Confined Classes with £400 in prizes. Over 30 Challenge Cups and Trophies are presented for competition.


The limit of indemnity of the public liability policy is £2,000,000 arising from one accident or a series of accidents. There is also product liability of £1,000,000 arising from any one claim. The policy extends to all registered affiliated members whose subscriptions are fully paid up on 31 December of any one year and whose names are entered in the FIBKA register held by the Treasurer.



Ashford Mr. Pat O'Connell, Valentia, Miltown Lane North, Ashford, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (0404) 40198

Banner Mr. Kieran Byrnes, Gurteen, Tulla, Co. Clare Tel: (065) 6835620

Bray Ms. Wendy Bass, Berghoff, Glencree Road, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

Carbery Mr. S. O'Brien, 71 North Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork Tel: (028) 21152

Carlow Mr. John Lennon, 31 Idrone Park, Tullow Road, Carlow Tel: (0503) 41315

Co. Cavan Ms Christine Grey, Tullyvin, Cootehill, Co Craven Tel: (049) 5553164

Co. Cork Mrs. Mary O'Riordan, Cooltubrid, Carigrohane, Co. Cork Tel: (021) 871098

Co. Donegal Mr Vincent Breslin, Bunbeg, Co. Donegal Tel: (075) 31833

Co. Dublin Mr. Tom Barrett, 49 South Park, Foxrock, Dublin 18 Tel: (01) 2895269

Co. Galway Dr. Brendan Coughlan, Ard na Cloch, Corcullen, Galway Tel: (091) 555211

Co. Kerry Mr Pat O'Mahony, Fenit, Co. Kerry Tel: (066) 7136204

Co. Limerick Mr. John Donworth, Raheen, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick Tel: (061) 351551

Co. Louth Mr. Kevin Holmes, Mountbagnal, Riverstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Tel: (042) 9376593

Co. Longford Mrs. Brigit Koston, Sunnyside House, Loughgowna, Co. Cavan

Tel: (043) 83285

Co. Mayo Mrs. Mary Clarke, Convent Terrace, Ballina, Co. Mayo Tel: (096) 22559

Co. Meath Mr Ben Ryan, Bolies, Duleek, Co. Meath Tel: (041) 9823440

Co. Offaly Mrs. C. Rainsberry, Briarly, Clonminch, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Tel: (0506) 51918

Co. Sligo Mr Arnold Griffin, Aoibhinn, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo Tel: (071) 63249

Suck Valley Mr Frank Kenny, Stonepark, Roscommon Tel: (0903) 26156

Co. Waterford Ms Sally Perceval Maxwell, Moorehall, Tallow, Co Waterford Tel: (058)56325

Co. Westmeath Mr. Patrick Crinnigan, Sonna, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Tel: (044) 42698

Co. Wexford Mr. John Halpin, Ring Road, Mountgarrett, New Ross, Co. Wexford
Tel: (051) 425494

Dunamaise Mrs. Margaret Mc. Evay, Graiguenaroun, Abbeyleix, Co. Leix

Tel: (0502) 33408

Dunmanway Mr. M.L. O'Sullivan, Ballyhalwick, Dunmanway, Co. Cork Tel: (023) 45257

East Cork Mr. C. Terry, "Ait na Graine", Coolbay, Cloyne, Co. Cork

East Waterford Mr. Michael Hughes, 51 Woodlawn Grove, Cork St, Waterford

Tel: (051) 373461

Fingal Mr John McMullan, 34 Ard na Mara Crescent, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Tel: (01) 8450193

Foyle P J Costello, Lr Drumaiveir, Greencastle, Co Donegal Tel: (077) 81303

Innishowen Mrs Joan Barker, Lowertown, Malin, Innishowen, Co. Donegal

Tel: (077) 70845

Killorglin Mr Declan Crowley, Gurrane, Killorglin, Co Kerry Tel: (066) 61710

Kilternan Ms. S. Joanita Spearman, Stelmo, Maraborough Road, Glengarry,

Co. Dublin Tel: (01280) 9520

Mid Kilkenny Ms Finola Walsh, Coolaire, Callan, Co Kilkenny Tel: (056) 25233

New Ross Seamus Kennedy, Churchtown, Fethard-on-Sea, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Tel: (051) 397259

North Cork Mr Billy O'Shea, The Cedars, Corrin Lodge, Corrin, Fermoy, Co Cork

North Kildare Mr Gerry Murphy, 51, Willowbrook Park, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Tel: (01627) 2045

N. Monahgan Mr. Vincent Kiernan, 2 Horseshoe Bridge, Farr Road, Monaghan,

Co. Monaghan Tel: (047) 81172

N. Tipperary Mr. Tony Casey, Clongour, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Tel: (0504) 21963

Roundwood Mrs. M. O'Byrne, "Carrig View", Moneystown South, Roundwood,

Co. Wicklow Tel: (0404) 45209

South Kildare Mr David Kinsella, Rampere, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow Tel: (0508) 81558

S. Kilkenny Mrs Bea Flavin - Dunphy, Luffany, Mooncoin, Co KilkennyTel: (051) 895141

S. Tipperary Mr. Dennis Ryan, Mylerstown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary Tel: (052) 25600

South Wicklow Tom McBride, Gleendra, Ballynattin, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (0402) 39941

S.W. Cork Mr. John Bryan, Currarane, Kilbrittan, Co. Cork Tel: (023) 49625

West Cork Mrs Christina Pateman, Caherdaniel, Bantry, Co Cork Tel: (027) 50778



Correspondence to:

Richard Jones


International Bee Research Association

18 North Road

Cardiff CF10 3DT

Tel: (02920) 372409 Fax: (02920) 665522


IBRA the International Bee Research Association is the world's premier beekeeping information service. It is a charity devoted to advancing apicultural education and science worldwide. Since its formation in 1949 IBRA has worked to serve the information needs of beekeepers, scientists, advisers, teachers and many other groups. Technically-minded beekeepers in the UK and in other countries find IBRA's journals and library services uniquely valuable.


IBRA's three journals are highly respected among beekeepers and bee scientists.

· Bee World provides beekeepers and scientists with authoritative articles and reviews on topical issues.

· Journal of Apicultural Research is an award-winning English-language journal containing up-to-date original research articles.

· Apicultural Abstracts reviews scientific and practical literature on apiculture and bee

pollination of crops. It provides a way of scanning the world's libraries from your own home.

IBRA also publishes authoritative texts, pamphlets, educational aids, bibliographies and multilingual dictionaries.

World Wide Web

IBRA also provides a free information service on the World Wide Web. Visit our pages at:


The IBRA library holds a wealth of information unequalled elsewhere in the world. It includes 40,000 books and reprints, along with more than 3,000 volumes of beekeeping journals and theses, reports and bibliographies. The library is continually being added to with contributions from many countries.



Another important information service provided by IBRA is the organization of conferences and other meetings. IBRA arranges technical meetings for UK beekeepers and is also involved in co-sponsoring conferences with other specialist societies.

The Association runs, every four years, a unique series of international conferences on apiculture in tropical climates. The seventh such conference was held in Thailand in 2000. These conferences are a forum for discussing practical issues concerning beekeeping in the tropics. The proceedings are published by IBRA and have become valued textbooks. The next in the series will be held in Brazil, in the year 2004.

Publication sales

The publication sales unit at IBRA produces and sells a wide range of books, audio visual material and other items to readers all over the world. This service gives everyone easy access to beekeeping literature, and the profits from the bookshop help to sustain our work. Our comprehensive catalogue BooksPlus is available from IBRA.

Advisory services

IBRA has considerable expertise in consultancy projects and ciontinues to work on contract for international agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations.


The key to IBRA's work is support from members. Their subscriptions provide a large part of IBRA's income and their contributions of information and voluntary promotional work greatly help the association's activities. Members receive a free subscription to Bee World, 10Tel: discount on book shop purchases, and discounts on library services and journals. They are welcome to attend, speak and vote at our annual general meeting and nominate members to serve on IBRA's council. We encourage members to visit IBRA headquarters in Cardiff and use the library.



Secretary: Prof: R. Pickard,

Director General, British Nutrition Foundation,

High Holborn House

52 - 54 High Holborn London


Chairman: Prof. R.S. Pickard

Treasurer: Dr. Nicola Bradbear

Prof. J.B. Free, Mr. R.E. Gove, Prof. L.A.F. Heath, Mr. G.W. Knights,

Mr. I.S. McLean, Mr. R.W. Sawyer, Mr. L.L. Thorne, Mr. A.C. Waring

The principal objective of the Institute of Apiculture is to establish, somewhere in the United Kingdom, a permanent and independent experimental research centre for the study of bees and beekeeping. The IOA has developed within the Bee Research Unit of the University of Wales at Cardiff and has attracted many donations from beekeepers and their associations since its foundation in 1977.

Members of the Institute receive the following benefits:

· Free copies of "HONEYBEE', the IOA house journal

· Reduced attendance fees at the Bee Research Unit's annual training courses. These include:

a) beekeeping

b) pathology

c) queen propagation

d) microscopic examination of honey

e) instrumental insemination

· Access to information on all aspects of honeybee biology and apiculture.

· Reduced fees for any services provided by the Bee Research Unit for the apicultural

industry. These include the identification of pollen in honey, Acarapis and Nosema.

At Cardiff, students can investigate any aspect of honeybee biology or any practical problem in apiculture at either Final Year BSc., M.Phil. or PhD level. They have access to the School of Biology's three electron microscopes, analytical laboratories, computing services and technical expertise in most branches of the biological sciences. Fieldwork is undertaken at local out-apiaries in Wales and international projects are underway in Mexico, Pakistan and Portugal. Students are recruited from over 50 different countries throughout the world and a practical contribution is made to the establishment of low cost, low technology apicultural industries.



American Bee Journal - (US monthly) Agents: E.H. Thorne (Beehives) Ltd , Wragby, Lincoln

Australasian Beekeeper - Monthly.

Sample from: PMB, 19 Maitland, NSW 2320

Australian Bee Journal - P.O. Box 365, Emerald, Victoria 3782, Australia.

Bee Biz - A magazine for commercial beekepers. Published 3 times per year.

Subscriptions £12 p.a. from: Northern Bee Books, Scout Bottom Farm,

Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, W. Yorkshire HX7 5JS

Bee Craft - Official monthly journal of the British BKA. Subscriptions and enquiries

to: Alison Mouser, 79 Strathcona Avenue, Bookham, Leatherhead KT23

4HR e-mail:

Beekeepers News - Quarterly by:

E.H. Thorne (Beehives) Ltd., Beehive Works, Wragby, Lincoln LN3 5LA

The Beekeepers Quarterly - Companion to the Beekeepers Annual.

Subscriptions £16 p.a. from: Northern Bee Books, Scout Bottom Farm,

Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, W. Yorkshire HX7 5JS

Beeline - P.O. Box 192, Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Canadian Beekeeping - P.O. Box 128, Orono, Ontario, Canada LOB 1MO

Gleanings in Bee Culture - US monthly. E.H. Thorne Ltd., Wragby LN3 5LA

Indian Bee Journal - In English. 1325 Sadashiv Peth, Poona 411 8030, India.

International Bee Research Association - free samples of :

Bee World , Journal of Apicultural Research, Apicultural

Abstracts 18 North Road, Cardiff

Irish Beekeeper - Monthly.

Editor: Eddie O'Sullivan, St. Ives, Kilcrea Park, Magazine Road, Cork

New Zealand Beekeeper - Published quarterly for National BKA of New Zealand.

Subscriptions: Dept. Box 4048, Wellington NZ.

The Scottish Beekeeper - Magazine of the Scottish BKA. Membership terms from:

Enid Brown, Milton House, Main Street, Scotlandwell, Kinross-shire KY13

9JA Sample copy on reguest 30p

South African Bee Journal - Bi-monthly. P.O. Box 41, Modderfontein, 1645, RSA.

The Speedy Bee - Monthly US newspaper, £24 from NBB, Scout Bottom Farm,

Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5JS

Gwenynwyr Cymru -The Welsh Beekeeper - the publication of the Welsh Beekeepers Association, giving news and views of beekeeping in Wales and abroad.

Editor/Golygydd: J. Burgess B.Sc., Pencae Mawr, Llanfynydd, Caerfyrddin

SA32 7TR



Hon. Secretary: Paul Metcalf NDB

Easton College


Norwich NR9 5DX

Tel: (01603) 731217

Chairman: Geoff Hopkinson NDB,

39 Old Croft Road, Walton-On-The-Hill, Stafford ST17 0NJ

Tel: (01785) 663350 Fax; 01785 662108 e-mail:

The Examination Board for the National Diploma in Beekeeping was set up in 1954 to meet a need for a beekeeping qualification above the level of the highest certificate awarded by the English, Scottish, Welsh and Ulster Associations.

The Diploma Examination, as designed by the Board, was considered to be an appropriate qualifaction for a County Beekeeping Lecturer or a specialist appointment requiring a high level of academic and practical ability in beekeeping. It is the highest beekeeping qualification recognised in the British Isles and a high percentage of the past and present holders of the Diploma have given distinguished service to beekeeping education at all levels.

Although the post of County Beekeeping Lecturer has virtually disappeared, this has merely emphasised the need for some beekeepers to face the challenge of this examination and maintain the high level skills and knowledge needed to keep pace with the increased problems facing all beekeepers at the present time.

The Board consists of representatives from a wide range of organisations and from Government Departments and together form an impressive amalgam of expert knowledge in Beekeeping and Education. Although the National Beekeeping Associations are represented on the Board it is entirely independent of them.
Normally the highest certificate of one of the National Associations is a necessary criterion for eligibility to take the Examination for the Diploma which is held in alternate years. The Written Examination , taken in March consists of two three hour papers. The Practical, in three sections plus a viva-voce is held in June.

The Board also organises an Advanced Beekeeping Course covering certain parts of the syllabus, that are difficult to cover by independent study. Lasting a working week, they cover the main sections of the Syllabus and represent the highest level of training available to British Beekeepers at the present time. The outside lecturers are each acknowledged experts in their particular field. For the past two years the Board have been privileged to hold their course at the National Bee Unit at Sand Hutton, York.For further details regarding the Diploma write, enclosing a stamped A.4, to the Secretary.

List of all those who have gained the National Diploma in Beekeeping:


· Mathew Allan · Oonagh Gabriel · Bernhard Mobus

· Harry Allen · George Gill · G. N'tonga

· Harrison Ashforth · Reg Grove · Peter Oldrieve

· John Ashton · Eric Greenwood · Gillian Partridge

· Dianne Askquith-Ellis · A. R. W. Griffin · E. H. Pee

· John Atkinson · Robert Hammond · L. E. Perera

· Miss. E. Avey · C. A. Harwood · E. R. Poole

· Ken Basterfield · Leslie Hender · Bill Reynolds

· Brig. H. Bell · Alf Hebden · Pat Rich

· P. W. Brooke · Ted Hooper · Fred Richards

· Norman Carreck · Geoff Hopkinson · E. Roberts

· Mrs. Rosina Clark · G. Howatson · Arthur Rolt

· Charles Collins · Geoff Ingold · Jeff Rounce

· Gerry Collins · George Jenner · J. Ryding

· Tom Collins · C. F. Jesson · J. H. Savage

· John Cowan · A. C. Kessel · Donald Sims

· S. J. Cox · W. E. Large · Dr. F. G. Smith

· Jim Crundwell · G. W. Lumsden · George Smith

· Celia Davis · Henry Luxton · J. H. F. Smith

· Alec S. C. Deans · A. S. McClymont · Ken Stevens

· Clive de Bruyn · Ian McLean · J. Swarbrick

· A. P. Draycott · J. L. MacGregor · Margaret Thomas

· M. Feeley · Ian Maxwell · John Walker


· Barry Fletcher · Paul Metcalf · Adrian Waring

· David Frimston · J. Mills · Brian Welch

· T. Wilbraham · Pam Gregory · B. Cullen

· David Ashton · Ben Harden



Hon. General Secretary:

Rev. H.F. Capener

1 Baldric Road

Folkestone CT20 2NR

Hon. Treasurer C. S. Mence

27 Acacia Grove

New Malden. Surrey KT3 3BJ

President: J.W. Holt

Chairman: W.S. Mundy

Vice Chairman: J.D. Hendrie

Each year, beekeepers from all over the world gather at Kensington Town Hall in London to be present at the National Honey Show, which is regarded by many as the biggest and best honey show in the world.

Not only is there the friendly competition of the show bench with entries from many different countries, together with the excellent programme of the Beekeepers' Lecture Convention, but also stands representing all the major trade and educational organisations.

The National Honey Show is organised entirely by voluntary helpers, who are only too ready to welcome any offers of assistance. For further information, please write to the Hon. General Secretary, or Email

Have you visited our Web site?

The 2001 Show is at Kensington Town Hall on 15th - 17th November




IACR ­ Rothamsted

Entomology and Nematology Department

Rothamsted Experimental Station


Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ

Tel: (01582) 763133

Bee Project Leaders:

Prof. Ingrid Williams ­ pollination ecology

Ms. Brenda Ball ­ honeybee pathology

Scientific Staff: Dr. Juliet Osborne, Dr. Guy Poppy,

Apiculturist: Mr. Norman Carreck

PhD Students: Mr. Colin Denholm, Miss Samantha Cook

Rothamsted is the oldest laboratory in the world devoted to agricultural research, having started in 1843, and has a total staff of around 500. Research on bees at Rothamsted has been continuous since 1923 and a number of eminent bee scientists, among them Dr. Bailey, Dr. Butler, Dr. Free, Dr. Ribbands, Dr. Simpson and Dr. Stevenson were pioneers in their particular research areas.

The expertise at Rothamsted in honey bee pathology and pollination ecology is unparalleled and the modern laboratories with a range of specialised equipment facilitate research on diverse topics. Experienced apiary staff maintain c.100 honey bee colonies at different locations and the bee field station houses a behaviour laboratory, observation hive room and bee flight room. Facilities for field crop studies are available on site and experimental design and analysis are backed up by good statistical support.

Research Programme

Prof. Ingrid Williams leads a group investigating the interaction between bees, crops and the environment and the efficient management of native bees for crop pollination. Pollination studies focus on oil-seed rape, field beans, sunflowers, linseed, lupins and white clover. Research into the foraging behaviour of bees is aimed at modelling the numbers of pollinators needed for optimal fertilization, determining its relationships with pollen and nectar production and weather, investigating pollen flow through and from crops and between groups of wild flowers and the interactions between different bee species. The spatial and temporal foraging behaviour of honey bees and bumble bees within agricultural areas is being compared and radar-tracking of individual bees is being used to determine their forage range flight dynamicsand forage preferences. The potential of good bee forage plants for enhancing the arable environment for bees by providing successional forage is being evaluated. The role of


semiochemicals in regulating foraging behaviour and bumble bee colony development is being investigated. A new Ph D project is investigating the role of pollen volatiles as cues for foraging honey bees and bumble bees. The work aims to help ensure sustainable production of entomophilous fruit and seed crops while minimizing environmental damage.

Research in the honey bee pathology section, led by Ms. Brenda Ball, has included studies on the properties, natural histories and means of control of protozoan, mite, fungal, bacterial and viral infections of bees. Recent research has shown that economic damage to varroa-infested honey bee colonies in the UK cannot be directly attributed to the feeding activities of mites but is due to elevated levels of other pathogens, especially viruses. Investigation of the factors affecting disease epidemiology in infested colonies and the role of the mite as an activator and vector of virus infections should provide options for the development of novel management or control strategies to reduce the damaging effects of mite infestation. The mechanism of virus induction in bees and the host response to parasitization are also being investigated.

A one year Rothamsted International Fellowship has enabled Dr. Dejair Message of the Federal University of Viçosa to investigate the cause of a serious honey bee brood disease in Brazil. Such observations on pathogens that appear to be exotic will enable a rational policy on the importation of honey bees to be maintained and equip British beekeepers with the knowledge necessary to reduce the impact of such infections should they become established.

Information exchange

Expertise in bee research is drawn upon by scientific colleagues world-wide and there are research links with institutes and universities in this country and abroad. Working visits can be arranged for overseas scientists wishing to gain experience or specialist skills in honeybee research and they make a valued contribution to established programmes.

Research findings are published in scientific journals but popular articles are also written for the beekeeping and agricultural press. Staff members serve on both national and international committees on diverse aspects of apiculture and lectures are presented to national and local beekeeping associations.


Rothamsted now forms part of the Institute of Arable Crops Research and receives funds for research from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and through commissions and contracts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, from Levy boards, commercial and other organisations. Beekeeper support for bee research at Rothamsted has been received from both the C. B. Dennis British Beekeepers' Research Trust and the British Beekeepers' Association.



General Secretary:

Mrs. Una A. Robertson

North Trinity House

114 Trinity Road

Edinburgh EH5 3JZ

Tel: (0131) 5525341

Hon. President: The Rt. Hon. Earl of Mansfield D.L., J.P., Scone Palace, Perth PH2 6BE

Hon. Vice Pres.: L.S. Coxon, 10 Eriskay Road, Inverness IV2 3LX

A.J. Lilburn, Mains of Coull, Aboyne AB3 4TS

Hon. Librarian: Mrs. Margaret M. Sharp, City Librarian, City Library, George IV Bridge,


Hon. Legal Adviser:

George Mathers & Co., 23 Adelphi, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 588611

Hon. Auditor: G. Hendry CA, 20 Parkhill Crescent, Dyce, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 724247


President: L.M. Webster, Birchlea, Rothiemay. Huntly AB54 7LN Tel: (01466) 771351


Vice President: Mrs U A Robertson, as for General Secretary

Imm. Past Pres.: Ian Craig, 30 Burnside Avenue, Brookfield, Johnstone PA5 8UT

Tel: (01505) 322684

General Sec.: Mrs. Una A. Robertson, North Trinity House, 114 Trinity Road, Edinburgh

EH5 3JZ Tel: (0131) 552 5341

Assistant Sec.: Iain F. Steven, 4, Craigre View, Perth PH2 0DP Tel: (01738) 621100

Treasurer W. A. Mackenzie, 9 Glenhome Avenue, Dyce. Aberdeen AB21 7FF

Tel: (01224) 722598

Editor, Scottish Beekeeper:

Eric McArthur, Melbourne House, Regent Street, Dalmuir, Clydebank

G81 3QU Tel: (0141) 952 1234 e-mail:

Conveners of Standing Committees

Membership: Fraser Sim, 27 Moss Road, Tain, Ross-shire IV19 1HH Tel: (01862) 894204



Insurance & Compensation

C. Irwin, 55 Lindsaybeg Rd, Chryston, Glasgow G69 9DW

Tel: (0141) 7791333

Advertising & Publicity

Miss E Brown, Milton House, Main Street, Scotlandwell, Kinross KY13 9JA Tel: (01592) 840582

Education: Ian Craig, 30 Burnside Avenue, Brookfield, Johnstone PA5 8UT\

Shows: Peter C. Aird, Craigview Cottage, West Lynn, Dalry, Ayrshire KA24 4LJ

Tel: (0129) 483 2081

Library: Tom McGravie, Birnam, 12 Foulis Crescent, Juniper Green, Edinburgh

EH14 5BN Tel: (0131) 4534004

Markets: L.M. Webster, Birchlea, Rothiemay, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 5LN

Tel: (01466) 771351 e-mail:

Bee Diseases: Dr. F Isles, Gardenhurst, NewBigging, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 3RH

Tel: (01382) 370315 e-mail:

Area Representatives:

North Ms B McLean, Upper Flat, 2 Invererne Road, Forres, Morayshire IV36 1DZ

Tel: (01309) 676316 e-mail:

East Ian Bruce, 7 Marnie Place, North Muir, Kirriemuir DD8 4TR

Tel: (01575) 575439

West B. Bellamy, Portkil House, Kilcreggan, Argyll G84 0LF

Tel: (01436) 842692


Spray Liaison Co-ordinator:

JR B Simpson, 17 Hill Crescent, Cupar, Fife KY15 4DX Tel: (01339) 655461

AVA Officer: Alistair J. Lilburn, Mains of Coull, Aboyne AB3 4TS Tel: (01339) 881 452

Promotion of Beekeeping: W.B. Taylor, Newbigging Cottage, Drumlithie, Stonehaven

AB39 3YA Tel: (01569) 740375

Internet Sub-Editor: A Joyce, Manachie Lodge, Dallas Dhu., Forres IV36 0RRTel: (01309) 671288


Aims of the Association

To bring together all those interested in beekeeping to the benefit of horticulture and agriculture by providing helpful educational facilities viz:

· to publish a monthly magazine

· to maintain the Moir Library in Edinburgh

· to conduct examinations in the art of beekeeping

· to provide insurance and a compensation scheme for members


* Addresses in SBA Honey Judges List

All those listed claim expenses

All speakers accompany talks with visual aids


* R.G. Brown (01387) 252773 General, Honey Preparation

* P. J. Browne (01397) 712 730 General


* I. Craig (01505) 322684 General

* A.B. Ferguson (01461) 500322 General

* C. Irwin (0141) 779 1333 General

* A.J. Lilburn (01339) 881452 Beekeeping Abroad, Beekeeping

for Beginners

* I. C. Maxwell (01292) 520 331 General

* Mrs. A. Middleditch (01289) 382 498 General

* Prof. I. H. Munro (01829) 250 316 General (Scientific)

Little Hill Farm, Wet Lane, Stilston, Malphas, Cheshire SY14 7DY

* Mrs. U. A. Robertson (0131) 552 5341 History of SBA, Moir Library

* J.H.F. Smith NDB (01292) 442838 General

* Mrs. M Stoakley (01721) 720097 Various, including Beeswax

* W.B. Taylor (01569) 740375 General

* L. M. Webster (01466) 771351 General


The SBA arranges courses and awards certificates to successful candidates in the Scottish Basic Beemaster, Expert Beemaster, Honey Judge and Microscopy Examinations. It also actively promotes beekeeping by informing the public, especially the young, about bees and their benefits to the environment.


All members of the SBA have insurance against Public Liability. The SBA Compensation Scheme is restricted to bee colonies located in Scotland and allocates part-replacement value for damage by vandalism, fire, theft and certain brood diseases.


The SBA Moir Library in Edinburgh has one of the world's finest collection of beekeeping books. A library card is issued annually to every member who can borrow books at the cost of return postage only. Details may be obtained from the Library Convener.


Advice is given on all aspects of marketing honey products at appropriate times. Suggested bulk, wholesale and retail prices are notified in the magazine.


· The Scottish Beekeeper is published monthly and sent post free as part of the annual

membership fee of £15 payable to the Membership Convener.

· Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping is £2.00 plus 30p postage and may be obtained from

the Advertising and Publicity Convener.


Members can purchase the association tie, lapel badge, car sticker etc. Details may be obtained from the Advertising and Publicity Convener.


Three major annual honey shows are held in Scotland. They are at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh in June, the Scottish National Honey Show at the Ayr Flower Show in


August and the Honey Show at the Dundee Flower Show in September. Shows are also held at Aberdeen and Inverness. Details may be obtained from the Shows Convener.


Ayr I. Jamieson, "Ardmhor", Creoch, Ochiltree, Ayrshire KA18 2QH

Tel: (01290) 700314

Border A.F. Mitchell, 30 Parkside, Coldstream TD12 4DY

Tel: (01890) 882683

Caddonfoot Dr. A.O. Ballantyne, 6 Abbotsford Terrace, Darnick, Melrose TD6 9AD

Tel: (01896) 822409

Clyde Area Dr. D. Christison, Lea Rig, 21 Eastcote Avenue, Glasgow G14 9LQ

Tel: (0141) 959 5376

Cowal Mr Hugh Lockhart, Wandsworth, 16 Ardenslate Road,Kirn, Dunoon

PA23 8LT Tel: (01369) 705 112

Dingwall Mrs P. Piercy, Findon Mains, Culbokie, By Dingwall, Ross & CromatyIV7 8JJ

Tel: (01349) 877401

Dunblane & Stirling Mr Magnus Peterson, Balhadie House, High Street, Dunblane FK15 0ER

Tel: (01786) 822093 e-mail:

Dunfermline J. Tout, 13 Middlebank Holdings, By Dumfermline KY11 5QN

& West Fife Tel: (01383) 415534
East of Scotland Mrs. H. Kinnes, 3 Holly Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2LZ

Tel: (01382) 477762

East Lothian M.J. Hill, 3 Castlemains Cottages, Dirleton, North Berwick, East Lothian EH39 5EG Tel: (01620) 850395

Easter Ross Robin Wylie, Little Gluich, Edderton IV19 1VY Tel: (01862) 821325
Eastwood Maurice Connett, 74, East Kilbride Road, Busby, Glasgow G76 8HU

Tel: (0141) 644­1110

Edinburgh A. Guy, The Elms, Millburn Road, Bathgate, W. Lothian

& Midlothian Tel: (01506) 654968

Fife Lindsay MacGregor, No 1 Cottage, Hill Tarvit Mains, Cupar KY15 5NZ

Tel: (01334) 652854

Fortingall R.H. Sturrock, Rose Cottage, Taybridge Road, Aberfeldy PH15 2BH

Tel: (01887) 20533

Freuchie Mrs. D.M. Stafford, 2 Malt Loan, Newton of Falkland, via Cupar, Fife

KY7 7RZ Tel: (01337) 857470

Glasgow District

C.E. Irwin, 55 Lindsaybeg Road, Chryston, Glasgow G69 9DW

Tel: (0141) 779 1333

Helensburgh B.A. Bellamy, Portkil House, Kilcreggan, Dunbartonshire G84 0LF

Tel: (01436) 842692

Inverness-shire R. Buckle, Am Fasgadh, Tomatin, Inverness-shire IV13 7YP

Tel: (01808) 511448

Kelvin Valley D. Christison, Lea Rig, 21 Eastcote Avenue, Glasgow G14 9LQ

Tel: (0141) 959 5376

Kilbarchan I. Craig, 30 Burnside Ave., Brookfield, Johnstone PA5 8UT Tel: (01505) 322684

Kilmarnock & Irvine

J. Campbell, North Kilbryde House, Stewarton, KilmarnockTel:(01560)482489

Kirriemuir A. Bell, Valtos, Mains of Glasswell, Kirriemuir DD8 5QE Tel: (01575) 572899

e-mail: ABELL2003@AOL.COM

Largs & Dist Mrs. Ann Fuller, 10 Thirdpart Holdings, West Kilbride, Ayrshire

KA23 9QB Tel: (01294) 829873

Lochaber P.J. Browne, The Rowan Tree, Gairlochy, Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire

PH34 4EQ Tel: (01397) 712730

Moray Mr Roger Barclay, 41 Reidhaven Street, Cullen, Banffshire AB56 4SY

Tel: (01542) 840251

Mull Mrs. S. Barnard, Viewmount, Tobermory, Isle of Mull PA75 6PG

Tel: (01688) 2008

Nairn T.W. Rowe, Post House, Littlemill, Nairn IV12 5QL Tel: (01667) 453292

Oban & District Mr M Porter , The Haven, Clachan Seil, Oban PA34 4TN Tel: (01852) 300468


Olrig R. Inglis, Roadside, Skirza, Freswick, Wick, Caithness KW1 4XX

Tel: (01955) 611260

Paisley R.C. Adamson, 25 Richmond Ave., Clarkston, Glasgow G76 7JL

Tel: (0141) 6380752

Peeblesshire Mrs. Morna Stoakley, Drumlin, Craigerne Lane, Peebles EH45 9HQ

Tel: (01721) 720 097

Perthshire J. Shovlin, "Invercarse", 4 Glebe Terrace, Perth PH2 7AG Tel: (01738) 627965

Skye & Lochalsh

T.Rayner, Heron Place, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9EV Tel: (01478) 612183

S. of Scotland (Secretary-elect)Mrs S Hanlon, Dardarroch Cott. Walleceton Dumfries

Tel: (01387) 820388

Sutherland Mr C Whealing, Tower Lodge, Duke Street, Golspie. KW10 6RP

Tel: (01408) 633265

West'n Galloway L.N. Robertson, Orchardton House, Acre Place, Wigtown, Newton Stewart

DG8 9DU Tel: (01988) 402208

West Linton D. Stokes, 100 Main Street, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9LT Tel: (0131) 440 3477

Not affiliated to SBA:

Aberdeen S.C. Rae, 2 Hartington Road, Aberdeen AB1 6YA Tel: (01224) 322953


M.J. Allan 41 George Street, Eastleigh, Hants. S050 9BT Tel: (01703) 617969

D.B.N. Blair 44 Dalhousie Road, Kilbarchan PA10 2AT Tel: (01505) 702680

B.S. Brookes Borelick, Trochry, Dunkeld PH8 0BX Tel: (01350) 723222


R.G. Brown 18 Richmond Avenue, Dumfries DG2 7JS Tel: (01387) 252773 or (01556) 690259

P.J. Browne The Rowan Tree, Gairlochy, Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire PH34 4EQ

Tel: (01397) 712730

M. Canham Whinhill Farm House, by Cawdor, Nairn IV12 5RF Tel: (01667) 404314

I. Craig 30 Burnside Avenue, Brookfield, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA5 8UT

Tel: (01505) 322684

J. Culbert The Shieling, Stanley, Perthshire PH1 4NF

D.H. Daniels Twin Oaks, Nightingale Road, Ash, Aldershot, Hants

G.S. Duncan 36 Seafield Drive, Ayr

A.B. Ferguson Firparkneuk, Kirtlebridge, Lockerbie DG11 3LZ Tel: (01461) 500322

W.J. Foubister Westfield, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8QA Tel: (01975) 562025

J W H Guthrie Woodville, North Street, Newtyle, Blairgowrie PH12 8TU

D.L. Hutchinson 4 Beach Road, Tynemouth NE30 2NT

C. E. Irwin 55 Lindsaybeg Road, Chryston, Glasgow G69 9DW Tel: (0141) 7791333

Dr F. Isles "Gardenhurst", Newbigging, by Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 3RH

Tel: (01382) 370315

E. L. Jenkin 27 Ferry Road, Monifieth DD5 4NS

W.J. Jones Abalon, Llanfrothen, Grognedd LL48 6LJ

W. M. Lamont Honey Cottage, Newton, Ceres, Fife KY15 5LY

A.J. Lilburn Mains of Coull, Aboyne AB3 4TS Tel: (01339) 881452

A.E. McArthur Melbourne House, Regent Street, Dalmuir, by Glasgow G81 3QU

Tel: (0141) 952 1234

W.A. MacKenzie 9 Glenhome Avenue, Dyce, Aberdeen AB21 7FF Tel: (01224) 722598

Ms B L McLean Upper Flat, 2 Invererne Road, Forres IV36 1DZ Tel: (01309) 671755

H. McLean 11 Stewart Crescent, Currie, Edinburgh EH14 5SE

I.C. Maxwell 8 Knoll Park, Ayr, Ayrshire KA7 4RH

Mrs. A. Middleditch

11 North Lane, Norham, Berwick-upon-Tweed

B. Möbus NDB 5 Rue Fontfrede, Domaine des Alberes, Laroque des Alberes, F-66740

St. Genis des Fontaines, Roussillon, France

T. Neat 20 Hill Park Terrace, Wormit, Fife. DD6 8PN

Mrs. J. Purcell 275 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3DA

S.C. Rae 2 Hartington Road, Aberdeen AB1 6YA Tel: (01224) 322953

J.M. Robinson Meadowbank, New Street, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire PA10 2LN

Tel: (015057) 2609

A.M. Ross The Anchorage, 12 Low Town, Collieston, Aberdeenshire

T. W. Rowe Post House, Littlemill, Nain IV12 5QL Tel: (01667) 453292

J.T.W. Scruby Pilgrim's Ridge, Markway, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2BW

R.N.H. Skilling 9 Dick Road, Kilmarnock KA1 3AP Tel: (01563) 21625

J.H.F. Smith 23 Taybank Drive, Ayr KA7 4RL Tel: (01292) 442838

Mrs. M. Stoakley Drumlin, Craigerne Lane, Peebles EH45 9HQ Tel: (01721) 720097

W.B. Taylor West Newbigging Cottage, Glenbervie Road, Drumlithie, Stonehaven AB3 2YA Tel: (01569) 740375

C.M. Watson 66 Main Street, Ochiltree, Ayrshire KA15 2PB

L.M. Webster Birchlea, Rothiemay, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 5LN Tel: (01466) 771351

C. Weightman Shilford, Stocksfield, Northumberland NE43 4HW Tel: (01661) 842824


Registered Charity Number 1078803

Charitable support for beekeepers in developing countries

The Troy Trust works hand-in-hand with Bees for Development helping people to help themselves by the craft of beekeeping

Beekeeping is a worthwhile activity, even for the poorest people in the most remote places. It can help people to improve their standards of living in ways that are completely sustainable. The Troy Trust is seeking funds to provide more help. The Troy Trust will not hand out free hives, but it will provide free information on how to build hives, manage bees and make income from them.


Donations in cash, by cheque, by Charities Aid Foundation cheque, by Gift Aid ( we can supply forms)

Donations should be made payable to The Troy Trust

Account number 60274887

Code 20-00-85

Barclays Bank plc, PO Box 29, Monmouth NP25 3YG

The Troy Trust

c/o Bees for Development


Monmouth NP5 4AB

Tel: (016007) 13648 Fax: (016007)16167




Secretary: Jim Fletcher

26, Coach Road, Comber, Co. Down BT23 5QX

Tel: (028) 91 872163

President: Mrrs Ethel Irvine, 24 Laraugh, Ballycassidy, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Chairman: Norman Walsh, 43 Edentrillick Rd, Hillsborough, Co. Down

Treasurers: Walter McNeill, 10 Masserene Gds. Antrim, Co. Antrim

Objects of the Association

The objects of the Association shall be to unite beekeepers for their mutual benefit to serve the best interests of beekeeping by all means within its power and to foster its healthy development.

For the purpose of achieving these objects the Association will:

· promote the formation of local beekeepers' Associations

· disseminate information and advice about beekeeping

· provide examination facilities in the art of beekeeping

· maintain and improve the bee environment.

Secretaries of Associations

Mid Antrim J. McWhirter, 67 Main Street, Cullybackey, Co. Antrim BT42 1BW

Belfast F. Green, 14, Holland Gardens, Belfast BT5 6EG

Dromore Dr Helen Elliot, 12 Myrtlefield Pk, Belfast

East Antrim Dr. D.H. Saville C. Biol., M.I. Biol., 20 Hollow Road, Islandmagee BT40 3RL

Fermanagh D Eames, Crawfords Hill, Springfield, Enniskillen

Killinchy S. Thompson, 7 Church Park, Killinchy BT23 6TL

Mid Ulster Trevor Watson, 14 Findrum Rd, Ballygawley, Co Tyrone BT70 2JB

Randalstown Bill Duff, 22 Greenmount Road, Antrim, Co. Antrim

Roe Valley Dave Atherton, 15 Temple Road, Enagh Lough, Londonderry BT47 1TJ

Education: in conjunction with the Depertment of Agriculture and Rural Development the U.B.K.A. organises classes for the Preliminary, Intermediate and Senior Certificate Examinations in Beekeeping following the syllabus of the F.I.B.K.A.

Lecturers; Jim Fletcher, 26 Coach Road, Comber, Co.Down

Ronnie McPherson, 3 Derinilla Lane, Dundrum, Co. Down

Charles Nicholson, Duncrue Cottage, Liberty Rd, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim

Insurance: All members of the U.B.K.A. are insured against public liability

Apiary Sites: All nine Associations have their own apiary sites and observation houses partly funded from Leader 2 and an apiary site and other favcilities have recently been set

up at a local Agricultural College.

Honey Shows: the Northern Ireland Honey Show is held annually in September hosted by the Belfast City Parks Department at the Annual Horticultural Show in the Botanic Gardens Belfast. Other honey shows are held throughout N.I. organised by local Associations and Horticultural shows.

Honey Judges: Jim Fletcher, 26 Coach Road, Comber

Michael Young, Mileway, Carnreagh Road, Hillsborough, Co. Down

Conference: The Annual conference is held in spring time ( March - April) at Greenmount Agricultural College, Co. Antrim. Contact U.B.K. A. secretary for details.

Ulster Bee-Keepers' Leader 2 Company Ltd.

Chairman: Mrs Melanie Shillington, 21 Dunarnallaght Rd, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim BT54 6PB

Company Secretary: David Wright, 24 Quarry Road, Lisbane Comber, Co. Down BT23 5NF

Publications: Dromore Buzette published by Dromore and District Beekeepers Association

Editor: Les Simms, 9 Grovernors Ridge Road, Hillsborough. BT26 6LD


Individual membership/aelodaeth unigol

Of the WBKA is provided for persons who do not live within the areas of branch associations, and wish to support the association. Information relating to benefits and facilities provided for individual members and subscribers is available from the Individual Membership/Sububscription Secretary.


The Examinations Board conducts six grades of examinations: Junior, Primary, Intermediate, Practical, Honey Show Judges, Senior. Candidates following the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme may receive information regarding the inclusion of beekeeping as a course submission from the Examinations Secretary.


At the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society's Showground, Llanelwedd. This event is normally held during Late March/ Early April. Information relating to this event, including early booking discounts, is available from the secretary.


All individual and fully paid up members of beekeeping associations affiliated to WBKA are covered against 'Public and Product' liability claims. All affiliated associations are covered against public liability during conventions officially organised by the association.

Paid up members may further insure their equipment and stocks at flavourable rates to cover loss and damage caused by fire, storm, flood, theft, accidental or malicious damage. Further information is available from the Insurance Secretary.

The WBA individual membership benefits include cover against loss of stocks of bees due to Foul Brood Diseases. Affiliated Associations provide this cover for its members.


The reference sections of all county libraries in Wales have details of the names and addresses of Secretaries of Associations affiliated to WBKA. Books on beekeeping can be borrowed from county, branch and mobile libraries. The Library, Ffordd y Bala, Dolgellau LL40 2YS, has been nominated to stock beekeeping books. Members of associations affiliated to IBRA may borrow books/documents from its library.

· Gwenynwyr Cymru - The Welsh Beekeeper

A publication of the Welsh Beekeepers Association, giving news and views of beekeeping in Wales and abroad. The publication is provided free to members of affiliated associations and individual members. Information regarding subscriptions is available from the Individual Membership Secretary.

Articles and advertisement enquiries should be sent to the Editor. Articles written in Welsh should be sent to the Sub Editor.


Honey jar labels, tamper evident seals (with logo), ties, badges, publications, honey show cards etc. are available direct from the sales officer, at conventions, and at the Welsh National Honey Show.

Audio-Visual Aids Service/Gwasanaeth Clyweled

This service is available to all affiliated associations and individual members. Further information is available from the Audio-Visual Aids Secretary.

LecTURERS/DEMONSTRATORS - darlithwyr/Dangoswyr

The names and addresses of lecturers and demonstrators, recommended by associations affiliated to the WBKA, are available from the General Secretary.

Spray liaison scheme/cynllun cyswllt chwystrellu

Information is available from the General Secretary.

Shows/ Sioeau

Honey/beekeeping sections are included at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Llanelwedd, (OS ref: SO040520) during July, and at county, town and village shows throughout Wales. Information relating to these events may be obtained from secretaries of associations in the locality of the shows.

The historic FFAIR FEL CONWY is held annually in the main street of the town, (OS ref: SH278378), on 13th September. Further information is available from the secretary of Aberconwy a Cholwyn Association.

AFFILIATED ASSOCIATIONS AND SECRETARIES/Cymdeithasau Tadogol a'u Ysgrifennyddion

Aberconwy a Cholwyn P. McFadden, Ynys Goch, Ty'n y Groes, Aberconwy LL32 8UH

Tel: (01492) 650851

Aberystwyth Mr P.S. Regan, Free Hrade Hall, Taliesin, MACHYNLLETH, , SY20 8JH

Tel: (01974) 832368

Anglesey/Ynys Mon

M.W. Shaw, Llwyn Ysgaw, Dwyran, Llanfairpwll, Ynys Môn LL61 6RH

Tel: (01248) 430811

Brecknock & Radnor/Brycheiniog a Maesyfed

Mrs. V. Veasey, Pencerrig Home Farm, Llanelwedd, LLANFAIR ym

MUALLT, LD2 3LT Tel: (01982) 553177

Bridgend & Dist/ Penybont a'r Cylch

Mrs. S E Verran, 4 The Moulders, Abercynffig,

Penybont ar Ogwr CF32 9AH Tel: (01656) 724249

Cardiff & The Vale/PenyBont ar Ogwr a'r Fro

Mrs. C. Sharp, 152 Heol Wenallt, CAERDYDD , CF4 6TQ

Tel: (02920) 610175


Mrs. C. Jones , Gilfach y Berthog, Nantgaredig, CAERFYRDDIN,SA32 7TR

Tel: (01558) 668613

East Camarthen/Dwyrain Caerfyrddin

J.Tayler, Tynewydd Cottage, Myddfai, LLANYMDDYFRI, SA20 0QD

Tel: (01550) 720473

Gwenynwyr Cymraeg Ceredigion

W.I. Griffiths, Llaindeg, Comins Coch, Aberystwyth SY23 3BG

Tel: (01970) 623334

Lampeter & District/Llanbed a'r Cylch

Mrs. E. Evans, Ty Glanduar House, Llanybydder SA40 9RN

Tel: (01570) 480531

Llyn ac Eifionydd Mrs V Forsyth, 62, Stryd Fawr, Cricieth, LL52 0HB

Tel: (01766) 523325



Mr D Cordwell, Tyddyn Brongoch, Adfa, Y Drenewydd SY16 3DF

Tel: (01938) 810572

Flint & Distict/Fflint a'r Cylch

Mrs. P. Parry, 9 Heol Wen, Coedpoeth, Wrecsam LL11 3HD

Tel: (01978) 753908

Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro

Mr. H. Jenkins, Steynton Cottage, Merlins Cross, Penfro SA71 4AG

Tel: (01646) 684053

South Clwyd/De Clwyd

R. Jones, 13 Maes Meugan, Llanrhydd, Rhuthun LL15 1YH

Tel: (01824) 703523

Swansea & District/Abertawe a'r Cylch

M. O. Cram, Ambleside, 100 Heol Gorwydd, Tregwyr, Abertawe SA4 3AW

Tel: (01792) 875580

Teifiside/Glannau Teifi

J. A. Kane, Fron Rafel, Velindre, Llandyul SA44 5YL Tel: (01559) 370605

West Glamorgan/Gorllewin Morgannwg

Mrs. M. Blackmore, 7 Heol Hendrefoilan, Sgeti, Abertawe SA2 9LS

Tel: (01792) 298048

Non Affiliated/Heb dadogu

Gwent Mrs J Bromley, Ty Hir, Heol Trefynwy, Rhaglan, Brynbuga NP15 2ET

Tel: (01291) 690331

Meirionydd Michael R. Furness, Tyddyn Cwper, Gellilydan, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 4EP

Tel: (01766) 590353


D.H. Jones Bryn Cynon, Ffostrasol, Llandysul SA44 4TJ

W.J. Jones Avalon, Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6LJ

G.J. Hartshorn 31 Victoria Road, Croesoswallt SY11 2HT

T. Collins NDB Y Bwthyn, Ciliau Aeron, Llanbedr Pont Steffan SA48 8DE

H. Taylor Greenacres, Clayford Road, Cilgeti SA68 0RR

M. Bessent Gwili Lodge, Heol Lot Wen, Rhydaman SA18 3RP

L. Chirnside Bryn Y Pant Cottage, Llanofer, Uchaf, Y Fenni NP7 9ES

D.H. Ferguson Thomas
Erw Lon, Llanwrda SA19 8HD

Mrs. D. Sweet Graig Fawr Lodge, Caerffili, CF8 1NF

Michael Young Mileaway, Carnreagh, Hillsborough, BT26 6LJ

statutory regulations/rheolau cyfreithiol

The administration of the statutory regulations governing all aspects of beekeeping in Wales, is the responsibility of the Wales National Assembly, Caerdydd, CF99 1NA Phone

(02920) 825111 Fax: (02920) 823352 Matters concerning statutory regulations, their implications and execution, should be addressed to the Agricultural Secretary, Wales National Assembly, at the above address.




Group Head: Medwin Bew

Central Science Laboratory


Sand Hutton



Tel: (01904) 462510 Fax: (01904) 462240



Contract Manager, Apiculture Field & Advisory Service Mike Brown

Contract Manager, Environmental R & D Dr Helen Thompson

Contract Manager, Wildlife Incident & Diagnostic Unit Mark Fletcher

Bee Microbiologist Dr Ruth Spinks

Laboratory & Apiary Supervisor Paul Wilkins

Laboratory Technicians: Ute Pietsch

Alistair Battersby

Suzie Green

Office Service Manager: Sally Gregory

Administrative Officers: Sue Greenhalgh

Sue Burrell

The CSL National Bee Unit is part of the MAFF Central Science Laboratory research agency. It provides diagnostic, consultancy and research services to MAFF, commerce and to beekeepers, both amatuer and professional. The Unit has modern facilities, including laboratories with first class computer support, as well as 150 bee colonies and the apiary buildings to support them. The Unit laboratories work to the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice to ensure a high professional standard and, as well as being scientists, all technical staff are trained, practical beekeepers. The Unit is also supported by analytical chemists and agricultural and envirionmental specialists in the rest of CSL. The Unit relocated to a new CSL facility at Sand Hutton, near York, in November 1996.

Statutory Work

The Unit examines thousands of samples of dead bees, brood combs and hive debris each year for evidence of serious pests and diseases, e.g. American & European foul brood (bacterial diseases of brood) and varroa mites. Much of this work, conducted under EC directive

EC/65/92 and our own Bees Act 1980, is funded by MAFF, without charge to beekeepers.


The Unit is also the authorised MAFF facility for examination of queen bee consignments imported from countries outside the EC. ( Prospective importers should contact MAFF

Horticulture & Potatoes Division, Eastbury House, 30/34 Albert Embankment, LONDON for further information)

The Unit has responsibility for the MAFF & NAW bee health inspection programmes employing 8 full-time Regional Bee Inspectors and further 37 Seasonal Bee Inspectors throughout England and Wales for AFB, EFB and varroa mite inspections of beekeepers' colonies. They are also employed as bee health advisers to beekeepers, providing leaflets, talks and workshops, for example, on the control and treatment of serious diseases of honey bees. This work is funded by MAFF Horticulture & Potatoes Division & the National Assembly for Wales and carried out under the Bees Act 1980 and EC veterinary bee health check regulations..

Regional Bee Inspectors

Northern Co. Durham, Cumbria, Greater Manchester,Lancashire, Merseyside,

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear

Mr. I. McLean, Asland, Flash Lane, Rufford, Ormskirk, Lancashire

L40 1SW Tel: (01704) 822831 Mobile: 07719 924579


Western Avon, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire,

Shropshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire

Mr C. R. Hall, Woodville, Bailey Hill, Yorkley, Lydney, Gloucestershire

Tel: (01594) 560089 Mobile: 07719 924543 e-mail:

South West Devon, Cornwall, Somerset

Mr. R.F. Ball, Stoneyford Farmhouse, Hawkerland, Colaton Raleigh,

Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0HZ Tel: (01395) 567990


Southern Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight,

Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire

Dr. B. Cullen, 26 Sweetcroft Lane, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 9LD

Tel: (01895) 810469 Mobile: 07719 924596 e-mail:

South Eastern Greater London, East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex,

Mr. J. Morton, "Geerje", Canel Lock 92, Windmill Road, Southall,

Middlesex UB2 4NH Tel: (0208) 5716450 Mobile: 07719 924418


Eastern Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk

Mr. J. Blakesley, Bush Farm, Somersham Road, Flowton, Ipswich,

Suffolk IP8 4LN Tel: (01473) 658078 Mobile 07719 924435

North Eastern Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Cleveland,

East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

Mr. D. Kemp, 332 Spring Lane, Mapperley Plains, Mapperley, Nottingham

NG3 5RQ Tel: (01159) 661238 Mobile: 07719 924564


Wales All Welsh Counties

Mrs. P.M. Gregory, Pentrebwlen, Llanddewi Brefi, Tregaron, Dyfed


SY25 6PA Tel: (01570) 493601 e-mail:

Pesticide incidents

The Unit participates, with other CSL and MAFF specialists, in the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme, which monitors the environmental effect of pesticides on wildlife, including bees, on behalf of MAFF. Samples of bees from suspected pesticide incidents, sent in to the Unit by

beekeepers, are analysed for cause of death. The results are used to prevent recurrence of problems wherever possible. This work is presently conducted without charge to the beekeeper.

Pesticide TOXICITY

The Unit has a well-developed expertise in testing pesticide toxicity to honeybees to formal standards, e.g. European Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) and the UK Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986. These include laboratory and field tests to assess the toxicity of compounds to both adult bees and broods.


Currently the Unit's research concentrates on the biology of the varroa mite infestations in British conditions so that more effective and appropriate diagnostic and monitoring tools may be made available to beekeepers. This work is funded by MAFF with a contribution from the British Beekeepers' Association.

Commercial research is also undertaken, e.g. testing new beekeeping appliances and feedstuffs and establishing the geographical and botanical origins of pollen in honey.


Technical advice is provided in all aspects of apiary managment and bee husbandry to beekeepers and commercial and other organisations with an interest in beekeeping, e.g. bee farm planning appraisals. Consultancy also includes overseas work.

The Unit has long established links with many European and North American research centres, beekeeping specialists and beekeeprs to ensure an up to date knowledge of current beekeeping trends and research. It is also involved with training overseas bee specialists.



Beekeeping Officer for the Department:

William P. Duff

Agriculture Technology Division

Greenmount College of Agriculture and Horticulture

22 Greenmount Rd.


BT41 4PU

Tel: (01849) 426710

This was a valuable year for beekeepers in Northern Ireland. Honey output in some areas was high but low in others. For most it recovered after a bad start. Output from Apples and Rape was poor. European funding has been obtained to assist associations in their educational activities and is currently being disbursed.

The autumn survey of hives across the province revealed NO cases of varroasis.

During the autumn/winter 1996/97 the Department organised three Preliminary and two Intermediate courses in beekeeping. Forty-seven students attended the Preliminary course and forty-one the Intermediate course. Not all students chose to take the Preliminary examination conducted by the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations. However, the twenty-eight candidates who did were successful.

The number of successful candidates in this examination, in recent years, reflects a growing interest in beekeeping here.

Year No

1997 28

1996 44

1995 42

1994 12

1993 27





Headquarters: Pentland House

47 Robbs Loan


EH14 1TY

Executive Agency: Scottish Agricultural Science Agency

East Craigs


EH12 8NJ

Bee Diseases:

Jane Chard Plant Health Section Tel: (0131) 244 8863

Pesticide Incidents:

Elizabeth Sharp Chemistry Section Tel: (0131) 244 8874

The Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department (SOAEFD) has responsibility for policy matters, the control of the movement of bees in the event of an outbreak of a statutory notifiable disease, maintaining records of disease incidents, issuing import licences for queen bees, initiating enforcement action where bee mortalities have resulted from the misuse or abuse of pesticides and for liaison with the Scottish Beekeepers Association.

SOAEFD Agricultural Officers, located at area offices throughout Scotland, carry out field inspections following notification of bee mortalities resulting from the misuse of pesticides. Bees Officers investigate notified incidents of statutory bee diseases.

The Scottish Agricultural Science Agency (SASA) has responsibility for the analysis of pesticides in dead bees.


Under the Bee Diseases Control Order 1982, beekeepers are required to notify SOAEFD of suspected cases of foul brood diseases or varroasis. These should be notifed to the Principal Agricultural Officer (PAO) at the nearest SOAEFD Area Office who will arrange for a Bees Officer to carry out an inspection. Brood combs or hive debris from colonies thought to be infected will be sent to SASA for laboratory examination. Alternatively, a beekeeper may send hive debris direct to Plant Health Section, (Bee Diseases), SASA, at the above address for examination for the parasitic mite, Varroa jacobsoni.


Following the detection of varroa in Devon in April 1992, widespread searches of bee colonies have been carried out in spring and autumn in Great Britain to assess the spread of the disease. No mites have been found in either of these searches in Scotland. The area of England and Wales have declared a Statutory Infected Area (SIA), and the movement of are prohibited. To prevent the spread of infection into Scotland, only queen bees with attendant workers may be moved exceptionally under licence, under both the Importation of Bees Order 1980 (from outwith Great Britain) and the Bee Diseases Control Order 1982 (from the SIA). Queen bees are inspected by the Bees Officer at the premises of the importer and attendant workers are sent to SASA of Varroa.

No charges are made for these services.


As part of the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme, SASA undertakes analytical investigations into bee mortalities where pesticide poisoning may have been involved. Beekeepers should send samples of dead bees (200) direct to SASA, Chemistry Section, for analysis. In the case of major incidents, beekeepers are advised to contact the PAO at the nearest Area Office so that an early field investigation can be instigated. A report will be issued to the beekeeper and if appropriate, enforcement action under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 will be initiated.

No charges are made for these services.


Bee Disease Control Order 1982

American Foul Brood: - 6 incidents

European Foul Brood: - No incidents

Licensed movement of queen bees from SIA

- 13

Examination of hive inserts for Varroa jacobsoni (diagnosis using Bayvarol):

- SOAEFD Spring search - 146 colonies from 43 beekeepers

- SOAEFD Autumn search -480 colonies from 124 beekeepers

Examination of hive debris and inserts for Varroa jacobsoni (various methods of detection): (sent direct to SASA by beekeepers)

- 294 samples from 74 beekeepers

No Varroa jacobsoni mites were found in any of the samples examined.

Importation of Bees Order 1997

- none

Pesticide Incidents - Number reported 6

- number positive 2

- Pesticides involved Chlorpyifos and dimethoate



All communications should be addressed to:

The Principal Agricultural Officer.

Angus/N.E. Fife - Dundee Area Office:

Northern College of Ed Building, Gardyne Road, Broughty Ferry,

Dundee DD5 1PE Tel: (01382) 462840 Fax: (01382) 454128

Argyll & Western Isles - Oban Area Office:

Cameron House, Albany Street, Oban PA34 4AE

Tel: (01631) 563071 Fax: (01631) 566756

Grampian - Inverurie Area Office:

Thainstone Court, By Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 5YA

Tel: (01467) 626222 Fax: (01467) 626217

Highland - Inverness Area Office:

Longman House, 28 Longman Road, Inverness IV1 1SF

Tel: (01463) 234141 Fax: (01463) 714697

Northern - Thurso Area Office:

Strathbeg House, Clarence Street, Thurso KW14 7JS

Tel: (01847) 893104 Fax: (01847) 895983

Northern Isles - Kirkwall Area Office:

Tankerness Lane, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AQ

Tel: (01856) 875444 Fax: (01856) 873309

Perth and Kinross - Perth Area Office:

1 Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ

Tel: (01738) 443266 Fax: (01738) 630751

Southern - Dumfries Area Office:

161 Brooms Road, Dumfries DG1 3ES

Tel: (01387) 255292 Fax: (01387) 250497

South Eastern - Galashiels Area Office:

Cotgreen Road, Tweedbank, Galashiels TD1 3SG

Tel: (01896) 758333 Fax: (01896) 754460

Stirling - Sub Office: Government Buildings, 2 St. Ninians Road, Stirling

FK8 2HR Tel: (01786) 473272 Fax: (01786) 465033

South Western - Ayr Area Office:

Russell House, King Street, Ayr KA8 0BE

Tel: (01292) 610188 Fax: (01292) 611483

Hamilton - Sub Office: Cadzow Court, 3 Wellhall Road, Hamilton ML3 9BG

Tel: (01698) 281166 Fax: (01698) 285277



Agricultural and Food Development Authority

Clonroche Research Centre

Co. Wexford

Patsy Bennett: Tel: (054) 44106

ANNUAL REPORT 1992 (Latest available to the BKA)

The Bee Diagnostic Service was transferred from Kildalton College to Clonroche on lst March 1992. A total of 195 beekeepers sent in 368 samples. Analysis of the samples received showed that Acarine and Nosema are still a common problem with bee colonies. The postal strike had a serious effect on the number of samples received as it coincided with the main examination period in beekeeping.


The discovery of the mite Varroa jacobsoni in Devon in Southern England in early April of 1992 brings the threat of varroasis ever closer. Once the mite becomes established it cannot be eradicated and will eventually spread to all apiaries. However, it can be controlled by biotechnical or chemical treatments to enable beekeeping to be carried on. These methods involve extra manipulations and the chemical treatments are expensive.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have imposed a total ban on the importation of bees and queens to ensure that the mite is not brought into the country. In the meantime beekeepers should monitor their bee colonies by using hive inserts and the tobacco treatment to ascertain that the mite is not already here. A sample of the resulting debris should be sent to Richard Dunne, Kinsealy Research Centre, Malahide Road, Dublin 17, for analysis.

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