About Tavistock Beekeepers

About Tavistock beekeepers

The Tavistock Beekeepers Association is one of eleven branches of the Devon Beekeepers’ Association (DBKA), founded in 1875. This, in turn, is part of the national British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA).  Our association comprises people of all ages, and all stages of beekeeping, from beginners to seasoned beekeepers with many years experience.

We aim to provide information and support for anyone who has an interest in the honey bee, whether or not they want to become beekeepers, so please take a look at the site and explore the links to other sites of interest, if you have any suggestions for content please get in touch via the website contacts page HERE

We are committed to improving the standard of beekeeping for all our members, either formally via the BBKA examination system, or informally, through talks, lectures and demonstrations.

We also collaborate with other bee-related organisations such as the Devon Apicultural Research Group (DARG), the Food, Environment and Research Agency (FERA) and the National Bee Unit (NBU).

Our year is split into two halves: the spring/summer programme runs from April to September and involves practical activities undertaken in the apiaries of our members, and our Autumn/Winter programme which runs from October to March.

We hold monthy meetings in our winter programme with talks from some well-known speakers and leaders in their field, covering many topics including bee diseases, current research and practical tips.  We try to be a lively and inclusive association of interested minds, please check our events calendar for our meeting schedule.

We usually meet in the winter at Tavistock Parish Rooms, (see map below for details) but please contact Tavistock Beekeepers Winter Meeting Organiser: Greg Smith  (Tel: 01822-616098

e-mail:glsmith_40@hotmail.co.uk) with any enquiries about meeting details. – WebBee

Tavistock Beekeepers in the press

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Where the Beekeepers meet in the winter to drink tea and eat Cake and talk about Bees..

About Beekeeping

How do you become a beekeeper? Beekeeping is often something people “Stumble into”, as its an absorbing hobby that connects directly with the natural order of “Things”. There are qualifications in beekeeping but mostly it is out of sheer curiosity and respect that beekeepers become enthralled as to why honeybees can do what they do. …

Beekeeper Training

Beekeeper Training starts with your local branch and hopefully a cup of Tea! Tavistock Beekeepers runs a winter basic Beekeeping course and you can find out the details by e-mailing tavistockbee@gmail.com for the latest training news. Then if you want to you can progress to the national BBKA National Training Scheme The BBKA (British Beekeepers …

Contact Page

Hello Beekeepers! who to contact for bee related matters! Please use the Tavistock e-mail address or the details as provided below tavistockbee@gmail.com   Chairman – David Painter Vice Chair – Bill Pyle Secretary -Amanda Barton Treasurer – Pam Smith Events – Greg Smith Training – Mark Gibbons Training – Roy Stacey.    

Tavistock Beekeepers Membership

Tavistock Beekeepers Membership – How to Join We welcome all new members – from total beginners to beekeepers with many years of experience and knowledge, its not expensive and you will meet some interesting people! There are membership types to suit most people: Membership Classes: Registered Member – for those individuals who keep bees in their …