Holsworthy Beekeepers

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Holsworthy Beekeepers is a branch of Devon Beekeepers Association

Registered Charity Number 270675

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Phil McAnespie

I reside with my wife Joyce in Ayr, Scotland and have been keeping bees for about 35 years. I usually have approximately 8 to 12 colonies throughout the year, which are kept, in a country estate in Alloway, the birthplace of our national poet Robert Burns.  Robert’s father laid out the grounds of the estate where there are plentiful sycamore and lime trees together with numerous types of plants and flora suitable for bees.

I have been the President of the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association and am currently the Vice President again.   During this time, I have been involved in many different beekeeping events around the UK and Ireland. I am also the Secretary/Treasurer of CONBA (Council of National Beekeeping Associations of the UK and Ireland).

Although I am passionate about beekeeping I have no real interest in honey production and often leave it on the colonies for the purpose it was gathered.  I extoll its value to others in its many different forms but find it too sweet for my personal taste.  I particularly enjoy working with my bees however and being involved in educating others about our fascinating craft.

Another aspect of beekeeping, which I enjoy, is our Open Hive demonstrations, where members of the public are suited up and taken through a colony of bees.  This demonstration is the only type of its kind in Scotland has brought great pleasure to many during the years and has been the first taste of beekeeping for many of our present members.