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About Tavistock Beekeepers

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

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 contents 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

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

The contact form has unfortunately been removed due to the high level of Spam, it will be re-instated at a later date.-WebBee

 

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Contact details

If you would like to contact Tavistock Beekeepers please use the contact form below, or contact one of the current officers of the Tavistock Branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association directly. Please remember Tavistock Beekeepers is a voluntary association and swarm collection is carried out as a “best endevours” assistance to the public. If you …

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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: . The course is usually run as a 2-hour evening session over six weeks. The cost of the 2015 course was £80 per person, we will be arranging the 2016/17 course and hope to keep the costs …

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Membership

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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Honey Crop 2017 (Already!?)

Hello Beekeepers! I have just been informed one lucky Tavistock Beekeepers member has just extracted over 8kg of spring Honey due  a local Oil-seed rape crop nearby! Not only does this highlight the season is well underway and your bees are working well between the showers; but it highlights the issues surrounding Oil-seed rape Honey. …

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BBKA Spring Convention 7th, 8th and 9th April

The BBKA Spring convention approaches, why not swarm up there and have a look? There are last minute chances to see things if you have not already booked, organise a trip to next years if you cant attend!- WebBee Harper Adams University Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB Friday 7 April – Members Day and Trade Show …

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