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About Tavistock Beekeepers

Tavi-logo-2014-Word-pngWelcome to the Tavistock Beekeepers’ website, 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.

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 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 with any enquiries about meeting details. – WebBee

Devon County Show
Tavistock members take part in the Devon County Show as stewards, exhibitors and competitors for one of the many awards which it is possible to win, either as a branch, or as an individual. The Devon Beekeepers Association provides an exhibit every year which is a great showcase for Beekeeping.

If you would like to contact us please use either the contact details here on the contacts page or fill in the short form below, if you would like to join Tavistock beekeepers either as a full member or associate member; please complete the membership form on the membership page here

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Contact details

Current officers of the Tavistock Branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association. We are always looking for help with organizing meetings and events (usually with tea and cake involved somewhere..) so please if you would like to get involved please contact any of the committee below. Chairman: David Painter Tel: 01822 810298 e-mail: Vice-Chair: Vacant Secretary: Amanda …

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Learn about honey bees or take up beekeeping

Would you like to learn more about the interesting world of honey bees? Tavistock Beekeepers runs a beginners introductory course in beekeeping: . This year the Introductory course is run as a 2-hour evening session over six weeks. The 2015 course will start in February 2015 and will be run by Dr. Lea Bayly and will cost £80 per …

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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 own right and wish to take a …

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