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Swarm Control @ The Braxi Hall
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – Apr 12 @ 5:00 pm
Swarm Control @ The Braxi Hall | Fort William | Scotland | GB


We will examine swarming theories in detail, including triggers and influences within the nest  and  the behaviour of honeybees in the lead up to swarming, on issue of a swarm, selection and re-locating to a new nest site and back in the parent colony. To have any chance of controlling swarms an understanding of what is happening in the hive is essential otherwise it will be a complete mystery to you. We will cover swarm prevention techniques and compare and practice all of the main swarm control methods – Pagden, Demaree, nucleus method, shook swarm,  etc. We also consider efficient and effective approaches to collecting swarms including the use of bait hives and personal and public safety. The course is classroom-based and does not use live colonies allowing us to practice specific manipulations without any distractions.

SBA syllabus: Modules 1, 6, 8

Course Fees

This is a Healthy ‘BEES’ Project course and fees for students are generously subsidised by the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund, which is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the European Union. Bookings are discounted to £60.00 (plus an administration charge by Eventbrite for online bookings) which includes teas, coffees, lunch and course handouts for both days.  

Instructions and venue information

Joining instructions with course outline, what to bring, and venue information will be sent to students upon booking.

Target Audience

These 2 day courses are aimed at enthusiastic beekeepers at all levels who simply want to improve their beekeeping. They will also be of use to beekeepers taking any of the SBA modules or pracical assessments.They are delivered by Scottish Expert Beemasters on behalf of Moray Beekeepers Association. If you wish to be a better beekeeper and learn more about your bees and their care then these courses are for you.

Students are welcome to apply on a first come, first served basis.

Course Booking Cancellation Policy

Moray Beekeepers Association reserves the right to reschedule or cancel advertised courses. Should this be necessary then you will be given the option of a refund or a transfer to another course/date. We will give as much notice as possible, but regret that we cannot be responsible for any other costs such as those relating to travel or accommodation that might result from this.

Students who have booked on courses may cancel and receive a full refund if notice of cancellation is received at least four weeks before the course start date. If notice of cancellation is received less than four weeks before the course start date, refunds will only be issued if the cancelled place(s) can be re-sold.

A course booking indicates an acceptance of this cancellation policy.

Upland Bird ID Workshop – Glen Nevis @ Glen Nevis upper car park (NN 167 691)
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Upland Bird ID Workshop - Glen Nevis @ Glen Nevis upper car park (NN 167 691) | Fort William | Scotland | GB


There’s a lot more to the birds we encounter on a day in the hills than just “Little Brown Jobs”. Join Alex on a guided walk and learn about the types of bird present in our hills, moorlands and mountains.

This workshop will cover:

  • Methods to identify birds common to upland environments, namely by sight and sound

  • How different habitats influence what species we might see and where

  • The impact of seasonality on birds

  • Conservation issues surrounding our feathered friends.

This workshop is orientated towards anyone operating in the upland environment under a professional leadership context; award holders and trainees alike. However, it is also suitable for those wishing to simply increase their own understanding of birds for personal enjoyment.

We will be out for around 4 hours. An ‘aide memoire’ and other learning resources will be distributed electronically after the event. This workshop is eligible for MTA, AMI and BAIML CPD points


Come suitably dressed for a morning on the hill with personal food and drink. Bring binoculars if you have them, a notepad and pen.



Leave No Trace Trainer Certification Course @ Fort William, Highland, Scotland
May 23 @ 10:00 am – May 24 @ 4:00 pm
Leave No Trace Trainer Certification Course @ Fort William, Highland, Scotland | Fort William | United Kingdom

The Trainer Certification course is two days long and includes one overnight camp. The course teaches minimum impact outdoor techniques that can be applied to any recreational activity in any outdoor environment. The course also looks at environmental ethics and how you can develop positive environmental ethics with the participants you work with.

By completing the course, you become a certified Leave No Trace Trainer and are able to deliver your own Awareness Workshops. The course is recognised by Mountain Training as 2.0 CPD points.

Please see www.naturetraining.co.uk for further details.

4 Rivers June 2020 @ Kayak Caledonia Coaching with Andy McLaughlin
Jun 23 @ 9:30 am – Jun 26 @ 3:00 pm
4 Rivers June 2020 @ Kayak Caledonia Coaching with Andy McLaughlin | Glasgow | United Kingdom

4 RIVERS 23rd of June to 26th of June 2020

4 Rivers. Advanced White Water 4 x day Kayaking Course in Scotland from the 23rd of June to the 26th of June: The course will run on the rivers Lyon, Etive, Garry and Upper Tummel, 3 of them are on dam release. We will be based around the Fort William Area. This 4 day course will work on Advanced White Water kayaking skills, including Posture, Power Generation, Edge control, Edge Change, Trim, Speed, Attentional focus and Decision making on advanced water. We will also spend a Day on Boofs and Drops on the Etive. This course is ideal for intermediate/advanced paddlers who want to remove some of the luck and hope from their paddling and replace them with skills and technique. The cost will be £250.00 per person. I can organise self catering accommodation if required. Please PM me if you would like to attend or need more information. Cheers Andy.