Taste of honey as residents given chance to learn about bees

Moray residents who have always held a hankering to produce their own honey are being offered a unique opportunity to learn about Beekeeping.

Moray Beekeepers Association are offering a series of three one-day ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ courses this year.

The courses will take place at the Association’s training apiary near Elgin in May, June and July. Those attending can expect to spend a morning in the classroom looking at the life history of the honeybee, gaining the basic information required to allow them to get started as beekeepers.

In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to don a protective bee suit and gloves for a look inside a hive of bees.

The Moray association has been operating for almost 100 years – they will celebrate their centenary in 2019 – and exists to promote and foster an interest in the study, development and practice of beekeeping. The association are also holding their Annual General Meeting later this month at the Elgin Town Hall.

A spokesman said: “We end the [training] day tasting some of our fabulous local honey. We ask for a donation of £40 for the course and this includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, course hand outs and use of the protective clothing.”

Numbers are restricted to just 12 places for each course. Further information will be available on the Moray Beekeepers Association website.

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