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 the contact details here on the contacts page , 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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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 tavistockbee@gmail.com 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 …

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 Colin Trier colin@trier.org.uk – WebBee Here is an example newsletter to view, Enjoy! Please click here to download the …

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 …


The Tavistock beekeepers host many events during the beekeeping year. In the winter there are interesting meetings (all held in the St.Eustacius Parish rooms, 5A Plymouth Rd, Tavistock, Devon PL19 8AU) with speakers on bee-related subjects, and discussions and talks on practical subjects associated with beekeeping. During the summer different members host bring-and-share”Bee Teas” and visits …

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 …

Training update

Hello Beekeepers! Well the Beekeeping year has started and there is lots to do in the Apiary! This year why not try and learn some more about your Bees (?) with the BBKA training modules that can be taken in any order; over what ever time you have available. The BBKA website is being re-done …

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Tavistock Beekeepers Training Apply Now!

Hello beekeepers, You know when people ask you “How easy is it to start keeping Bees?” why not give them a call now and tell them about the Tavistock beekeepers training course 2018? Here is the course outline information, please contact Mark Gibbons directly for course information. Please click here to download form if it …

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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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