Meetings are held once a month on the second Wednesday in each month - except Bank and Religious Holidays. See special notices here.

The “Microscopy Meetings” will give you an opportunity to get some hands-on use with the top quality Association Microscopes and other tools and equipment,all under the auspices of our friendly tutors.

So come along! The meeting starts at 7.30pm at the Whittington Moor Methodist Hall (same venue as we use for our Monthly meetings), use the lower entrance door. We use a side room off the main hall. ( if the Main Hall is in use we will be there so please enter quietly keeping to the right hand side of the \Hall)

If you wish to, bring a sample of your own bees for examinaton for nosema, acarine etc. A sample of approx 35/40 'worker' bees is best for examination.

To collect your sample the easy way is to temporarily block off the entrance to your hive, and as the worker bees return from foraging and  build up on the front of the hive, take large empty match box, or similar ( a Cooks Match box is ideal) open the tray aout 25mm and carefully scrape the opening up throught the cluster of bees which will collect in the box. When you have sufficeint bees in the box slide the tray of the box shut. Remember to open your hive  entrance. Take the  box and place it in your freezer (not your fridge), this will humanely kill them. Make sure that you leave them long enough to kill them as they are hardy creatures and could wake up in the warm micrscosopy room! YUK!

Come and 'scope'' us out and you will be made most welcome!


Microscopy Certificate

Never has bee health and disease diagnosis been more important

This assessment provides a qualification and measure of achievement for those beekeepers with an interest  in pollen, anatomy, and disease relevant to the honey bee. Knowledge and skills are tested through a number of practical tasks and oral questioning.  The candidate will need to prepare 6 pollen slides and 3 anatomy slides during the year prior to the assessment.  For the assessment, which lasts between 2 and 2 ½ hours, the candidate will need to provide 2 suitable microscopes and equipment necessary to carry out dissections and make slides.  Full details are in the syllabus.

Prospective candidates should have passed the Basic Certificate


The Microscopy Group at work

Checking for Acarine

Nosema Infection of bee gut under microscope

Dissected bee to check for Acarine

Bee stinger dissected