AGM update

Hello Beekeepers!

You will be pleased to note we had a successful AGM, and a good discussion was had by the attending members; again it would have been good to see more of you at the meeting.

The full minutes you should have received already, and you will note we currently have no Club Secretary.

We desperately need someone to take on this vital communication role within the group and would request you consider supporting the committee by offering to volunteer.

Your Branch needs a secretary to function properly.

Please get in touch with Tavistock Beekeepers at if you can help.

David Painter


Tavistock Beekeepers.

Beekeeping Membership

Hello Beekeepers!

the winter is here and the branch meetings are underway, and the AGM is NEXT WEEK the 15th November 7:30 pm at the Parish rooms Tavistock. Bee-there please!

Why not renew your membership at the AGM by filling out the membership form and bringing it with you?

Cheques payable to “Tavistock Branch DBKA”, you can use the BACS transfer if you prefer BUT WE STILL NEED THE FORM!

This is for the “Gift Aid” and to comply with the (GDPR) data protection requirements.

The new membership form is HERE

There will be some committee changes in the future and we would like you all to be informed.

David Painter


Tavistock Beekeepers.


Tavistock Beekeepers AGM

Tavistock Beekeepers

Hello Beekeepers!

The Tavistock Beekeepers AGM is here..

November 15th 2018 at 19:30

Tavistock Parish Hall

Bring and share a plate of something please.

PLEASE ATTEND as you need to vote to elect your committee

See you there..


Tavistock Beekeepers – It’s all about the Bees you know.
A Branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association. Registered Charity – 270675

Asian Hornet update

Hello Beekeepers!

Here is the latest information on the Asian Hornet sightings in the UK. HERE

Current situation

To date, there have been 13 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet in England and six nests have been destroyed.

Nine of these sightings occurred in 2018; an individual hornet in Lancashire (April) and Hull, three in Cornwall, two in Hampshire, one in Surrey (all September) and the latest in Kent (October).

It is crucial you report any possible sightings so our experts can take quick and effective action to eradicate Asian hornets.

Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer, said:

By ensuring we are alerted to possible sightings as early as possible, we can take swift and effective action to stamp out the threat posed by Asian hornets.

While the Asian hornet poses no greater risk to human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies and other beneficial insects.

Please continue to look out for any Asian hornets and if you think you’ve spotted one, report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online.

Please keep checking BeeBase and the FERA websites for the latest information.

Remember its all about the Bees you know!-WebBee

Tavistock Website – Update

Hello Beekeepers!

The Tavistock Beekeepers website should now appear correctly when you search for it; after the last of the last tweaks to recover it. (After our previous hosting service scrapped it for us 🙁 ).

The editing of the contents will be ongoing, and if you see anything you would like corrected or added, or even if you want to submit something for the website please get in touch via


Winter Feed Check

Hello Beekeepers!

Its time to check the winter feed status of your bees!

Your bees may be wide awake now and buzzing in the sunshine, this also means they will be eating through their stores of sugar. Please check on a warm sunny day and test your store levels by hefting the hive (to check its heavy). Top up the liquid feeder and prepare to switch to fondant when the temperatures plummet.

Be aware that any spilled feed will attract hungry wasps that are still out and about at present.

Ensure your mite treatments have stopped and that although bloodless the colonies are still healthy and have a queen if you can find her!

We have been donated some un-sellable sugar by Tavistock Tesco’s (Thank you Tesco’s!) and this will be handed out at branch meetings throughout the winter, so please bring a bag or two when we have some to share for your bees. – WebBee




Tavistock Beekeepers on the Radio

Hello Beekeepers!

BBC Local Radio Devon hosted Tavistock Beekeepers last Wednesday on the Michael Chequer show.

If you would like to hear the discussion about Queens and other things why not listen now?


Asian Hornet UPDATE- Hampshire

Hello Beekeepers!
A second Asian Hornet nest has been destroyed in Hampshire HERE :-
This brings the total number of nests destroyed in England over two years to 6.
National Bee Unit (NBU) inspectors are still investigating reports of Asian Hornets in the Southampton area and in the Guildford area.It’s very important that members of the public and beekeepers keep alert for any unusual visitors to their gardens.
The weather is still warm enough for bees to fly and so that means that wasps and hornets can also keep flying to gather food.
The first nest in New Alresford in Hampshire was discovered when a member of the public told a beekeeper that there were some ‘very funny looking wasps’ on the rotting fruit in the orchard.
They turned out to be Asian Hornets so clearly rotting fruit will attract them as will prey like wasps and bees who are gathering nectar from ivy at the moment.
The NBU and Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are keen to stop this insect establishing in the UK and you should report any suspected sightings to Or via the Asian Hornet Watch app on your smartphone.When a sighting is confirmed, experts from those two agencies will work quickly to find and destroy any active nests in the area.

Beekeeper Training 2019

Hello Beekeepers!

Tavistock beekeepers will be running a basic beekeeping training course early next year, the details are being finalised. If you would like to attend or know anyone who would like to attend please drop us an e-mail at

Look forward to seeing you there!- WebBee

Tavistock Beekeepers website

Hello beekeepers!

After an experience of the worst kind of service from our previous web hosting service we are now up and running again on a new provider Wiserhosting who have been fantastic! The website is still being redeveloped so please be patient while this is done.

Any comments please direct to WebBee at the Tavistock e-mail address on the contacts page. – WebBee


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