Pres­ti­gious medal for Oban bee­keeper

The Oban Times - - Districts -

THE pres­i­dent of Oban and District Bee­keep­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has re­ceived a pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade for his work in the com­mu­nity.

Phil Moss was pre­sented with the Scot­tish Bee­keep­ers’ Lo­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Medal at its re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Phil kept bees for many years in Hamp­shire be­fore he re­tired to Oban more than 20 years ago.

When he moved to the town he started keep­ing the lo­cal Scot­tish Black Bee – a more hardy sub­species that has adapted to the wet­ter con­di­tions.

He has helped many bee­keep­ers in the area and is often called out to col­lect swarms and to re­move bees from build­ings and re-house them in hives.

A state­ment from the Oban and district club read: ‘[ Phil] has been our pres­i­dent for a num­ber of years. He is a men­tor to many of us, run­ning a num­ber of cour­ses on ev­ery­thing from queen rear­ing to swarm con­trol.

‘He has given his time tire­lessly to groups and in­di­vid­u­als over the years, giv­ing lec­tures to our group and other groups all over the UK. He also runs teach­ing ses­sions at our monthly meet­ings, to pro­mote the love and care of bees na­tion­wide.

‘He has in­creased the mem­ber­ship of our club dur­ing his time on the com­mit­tee. He often rep­re­sents our club at Scot­tish Bee­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ings.’

Any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more or tak­ing up bee­keep­ing should at­tend a club meet­ing on Thurs­day April 13 at 7pm in the Church of Scot­land Cen­tre, Glen­cruit­ten Road, Oban.

Medal win­ner Phil Moss, pres­i­dent of Oban and District Bee­keep­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

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