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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 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

Please contact us about Training or other things, any Bee swarm Issues, please see the Tavistock Beekeepers Swam page! HERE



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Beekeeper Training

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 seven weeks. The training consists of evening meetings about Honeybee colonies, diseases, husbandry and management of the Honey bee colony. The course fee includes …

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Contact details

If you would like to contact Tavistock Beekeepers please use the contact form below, or contact one the current officers of the Tavistock Branch of the Devon Beekeepers via the e-mail address. We have had to truncate our contact details due to some recent scam activity on our website.(sorry) – WebBee Please remember Tavistock …

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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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Tavistock Newsletters

Tavistock Beekeepers publishes a newsletter with information on bee related matters; you can view and download the current and previous newsletters by following the link HERE . If you have any items for inclusion please contact the Newsletter Editor Chris Binns – Elderbrook Cottage, Dippertown, Okehampton EX20 4PT 01566 783508 – WebBee Here is an example …

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Directions Page

Our directions page is simple to use, click on the red pin and then the blue “directions” text; a small box will open below your map. Enter your starting point and click the blue “get directions” Button. Your route will appear magically! (you can print it out if you need to) – WebBee Tavistock Parish Rooms …

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Bee Teas

Hello Beekeepers; “Bee Teas” are a chance to meet other beekeepers over tea and cake, and talk about bees; they are usually held at a members apiary, and this gives you the opportunity to help improve your beekeeping. It is usually an excellent chance to meet fellow beekeepers and to help find answers to the …

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Beekeeping Events

Here are some of the latest Beekeeping events for Tavistock beekeepers, pop back and stay informed.. Tavistock Beekeepers publishes a regular newsletter with information on bee related matters; you can view and download the current and previous newsletters by following the link HERE – WebBee Please click here to download the form if it does not appear

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Cake is good for you!

Hello Beekeepers! Interested in Cake? – Well Beekeeping could be for you! Cake and tea are served regularily, as well as other things made from Honey. Try these recipes for feeding a hungry Beekeeper, usual accompaniment is Tea, or Beer! – WebBee Devonshire Honey Cake RedBerry Roulade Honey Chocolate Cake There is also a smashing …

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Tavistock Beekeepers AGM

Hello Beekeepers! Your are cordially invited to this years Tea, Cake and Honey tasting, with an AGM; and this will be held at the Parish Rooms, Tavistock​; 7.30 pm Wednesday 15th November 2017. We hope you can find the time to attend and help your branch continue its beekeeping activities for next year! David Painter Chairman …

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2018 Membership – Update your membership early PLEASE!

Hello Beekeepers! the new membership form for 2018 has been published and is on the website HERE PLEASE update your membership as soon as possible as this really helps our Treasurer keep ahead of the paperwork and provide you with your beekeeping insurance for next year, an essential! The Tavistock AGM is on the 15th …

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