Ayrshire is a beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland
and the town of Ayr is located about 30 miles south of
Glasgow. It has many places of interest and beauty none the
least of which is “Burns’ country” named after our famous poet
Robert Burns. It is in this area where some of our members
reside and our main activities are held.
Ayr & District Beekeepers Association
has been in existence since about 1919 and is comprised
predominantly of beekeepers residing in South, East
an North Ayrshire.
Ayr & District Beekeepers Association is affiliated to
the Scottish Beekeepers Association and enjoys all the
benefits of the Scottish Beekeepers Association (see links to
website). These benefits vary from beekeeping and disease
education, insurance, practical guidance, book and video
There are about 60 members in the Ayr & District Beekeepers
Association who are all amateur beekeepers with apiaries
ranging from one or two hives to others with dozens of hives.
We vary in age and experience from the very young to the
not so young and from just months of experience to many years.
During the summer months we meet regularly
at the club apiary and various members’ apiaries where we spend time going through
hives and gaining from each other's experience. After this we
enjoy an afternoon tea at the locality where, naturally, much
is discussed about beekeeping matters.
In the winter months we meet at Belmont Academy on
a regular basis where we have lectures on various
beekeeping subjects This is followed by a cup of tea and biscuits.
In 2012 we plan to
Continue to improve the Club Apiary
Invite visiting speakers
Run beginners classes in February throughout the summer
Visit member's Apiaries
Continue our demonstrations and exhibits
at a variety of shows
Fundraise for the club
Work with the local school to have
beginners classes through The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Encourage members to sit their Beekeeping Exams
We are a very pro-active association and would be
delighted to see any new beekeepers to the area or anyone
(young or old) who might be interested in taking up this