Western Galloway Beekeepers' Association

Galloway's friendliest beekeepers

Winter Schedule '23 / '24

Meetings are held on the last Sunday of the month (except December when it is a bit earlier) at Glen of Luce hall, Auchenmalg, starting at 11am.

Guests are most welcome for a small charge of £3 – this  includes a hot drink and biscuits.

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Sunday 24th March:

At Glen of Luce hall, Auchenmalg, plenty parking beside the hall – there is a height barrier so please leave the layby free for any tall vehicle.
Starting at 11am – the kettle will be on a wee bit before then if you want to grab a cuppa.
Fiona Keith, one of our most experienced members, will give us a talk on “First Inspections +  Healthy Bees”.
Fiona is working  towards her SBA Advanced Practical Aparian certificate and this talk is a crucial part of the syllabus (a lecture to a local association meeting ). We will be joined by Mark Barnett from SBA who will observe Fiona’s talk. For this to work for Fiona she requires at least 15 people in her audience so please come along and give Fiona your support.
Fiona’s talk will be followed by our usual round table chat – a chance for you to ask those burning questions before the season starts to ramp up!


14th April

Swarm Workshop

When? – starting at 10am and finishing around 4pm
Where? – Glen of Luce hall, Auchenmalg..
Who? – I will facilitate the workshop and will be ably assisted by a couple of our experienced beekeepers. Members, new and experienced, will help with the success of the workshop.
Why? – swarming is the thing most beekeepers find a challenge – and it will happen to you if you are a beekeeper!
What will we cover?
Why bees swarm and the impact on the colony.
Prevention and control of swarming.
Different methods of prevention and control, this will be workshopped.
– bait hives.
– swarm collection.
How? – partly workshopping in small groups, so you’ll get to see and manipulate equipment, as well as group chat.
What to bring? – your lunch and snacks (plenty tea/coffee etc in the hall), your “go to” beekeeping book, a notebook and pen, your mobile phone for some research (there is internet in the hall), your enthusiasm.
It would be great to get a feel for how many members we should expect. Please let me know by 7th April if you intend to join us so that I can get organised.
Looking forward to it already!

Click on the link below for a taster of the 2022 WGBA Honeyshow.

2022 Honey Show on YouTube

Beekeeping Beginners Course

This is a great opportunity to learn about bees, beekeeping, how much time it is likely to take up, how much the cost is likely to be and your responsibilities as a beekeeper

16th/17th March 2024

Glen of Luce hall, Auchenmalg

Cost £25 + £15 WGBA membership

For more details please contact us via this website

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