The BBKA is the Home of British beekeeping and the overseeing organization for all affiliated clubs and branches.
“The BBKA was set up in 1874 to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment. It is the UK’s leading organisation representing beekeepers.” http://www.bbka.org.uk/The Devon Beekeepers Association is the regional branch of the British Beekeepers Association
“Our aim is to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of honeybees in the environment. We plan to achieve this with our eleven Branch Associations by Promoting and supporting good beekeeping practice, Educating with courses, lectures and study and Collaborating with organisations such as the National Bee Unit” http://www.devonbeekeepers.org.uk/ “Members of Okehampton beekeepers branch cover a wide rural area with the majority falling within a twelve-mile radius of Okehampton” http://www.okehamptonbee.co.uk “The North Devon Branch is one of the oldest beekeeping branches within Devon, and is certainly the largest, with some 130 members. Its area covers most of North Devon, from Ilfracombe in the North to the outskirts of Okehampton in the South. We do not however restrict our membership to any particular district, and we have one member as far away as Buckinghamshire !” http://www.northdevonbees.org/
“This site is for people who are looking for information about bees and beekeeping in South Devon, UK.” http://www.southdevonbees.org “East Devon Beekeepers are a branch of Devon Beekeepers Association. We are a thriving, friendly group providing education and support to both experienced and new beekeepers in the East Devon area.” http://www.eastdevonbeekeepers.co.uk/home.html “This website is set up to offer help, support and invaluable information to Beekeepers and anyone interested in Bees in the Launceston and surrounding communities.” http://www.launcestonbeekeepers.btck.co.uk/ “Welcome to the Plymouth Beekeepers Branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association. Members of the branch are also members of Devon Beekeepers Association (DBKA) and British Beekeepers Association (BBKA).” http://www.plymouthbeekeepers.btik.com/ www.avon beekeepers “DARG is an independent group of experienced enthusiastic beekeepers whose primary aim is to collect and analyse data on matters of topical interest which may assist their apicultural education and promote the advancement of beekeeping.” http://www.dargbees.org.uk/ “CONBA was established in 1978 to promote the aims and objectives of the national beekeeping associations of the United Kingdon and Ireland. Its purpose is to represent the interests of beekeepers with local, national and international authorities.” http://www.conba.org.uk
The Cornish Bee Project – The British bee population has declined at an alarming rate over the last few years – by a third since 2007.
There’s also been a massive decline in the number of bee hives in the UK – nearly 75 per cent in the past century. Environment and rural affairs minister Lord Rooker said recently: “Bee health is at risk and, frankly, if nothing is done about it, the fact is the honeybee population could be wiped out in 10 years.”
In 2002 James Kilty (Secretary), Lol Oakes (Chair) and Rodger Dewhurst (Treasurer) founded the Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group. We recruited 17 new members in the first year bringing the total of colonies to 152 rising to over 30 in 2006 with around 300 colonies and 40 in 2012, throughout the length and breadth of Cornwall. Members are drawn from both the main Beekeepers’ Associations in Cornwall and from the Bee Farmers’ Association and the group is open to anybeekeeper, irrespective of whether they belong to an assocation or not.
The West Cornwall Beekeeper’s Association
WCBKA was established in 1943 to provide a local association for beekeepers who, due to lack of transport, were unable to travel to meetings in the East of the county. It is open to all beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping whatever their experience.