A group of Aberdeenshire bee enthusiasts have completed a two-year fundraising crusade to ensure the region remains a hive of activity.
Members of Kemnay Community Bee Group (KCBG) works to conserve the future of the honeybee and support beekeepers in the in the area, and have now opened their new cabin and collection of beehives.
Members hope the improvements will allow for future generations of beekeepers to operate.
Thanks to grants received over the past two years, the group has been able to purchase a portable hut and have it painted, fitted and plumbed to prepare ground and to erect fencing around their hives.
KCBG was founded in 2014 by Kemnay resident, Alan Simpson.
In the years since, the club has grown and it continues to welcome new beekeepers along with those keen to support the survival of the species.
Chairwoman Sonya MacPherson said: “Our old cabin was more than 20 years old, it had very rustic look.
“We were very successful with the Tesco Bags for life campaign last year and managed to get the new cabin from Nixon Hire in Kintore.
“We have made more improvements since then and made the area more secure and accessible.”
KCBG hopes to attract small group visits or school visits as a result of recent improvements.
Mrs MacPherson added: “We’d love to have more members – we are always delighted to hear from people, beginners or otherwise.
“Beekeeping is a fascinating hobby, I only got bit by the bug a few years ago but have learnt a lot since then.
“It is really rewarding and it would be lovely to get more people involved.”