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 so why not have a look at the new BBKA training link HERE.

Tavistock Beekeepers will be running some additional training this year we hope, in addition to the 2018 Training course now underway!

Welcome to our new Trainee Beekeepers, we hope you enjoy the course.

David Painter

Tavistock Beekeepers

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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 does not appear

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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


Tavistock beekeepers



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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 of November, why not complete the form and return it then? – WebBee

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UPDATE – Asian Hornet sightings Devon

Hello Beekeepers!

There has been NO confirmation of sighting of Asian Hornet other than the one event at Woolacombe, North Devon this year.

Officially the NNS and NBU have provided no further information on other sightings in Plymouth, Brentor or other U.K locations. We hope they will publish a round-up of their efforts when they consider the years activities to be at a standstill.

Please remain Vigilant as the foliage drops from the trees as this may yet reveal other nests not yet seen. – WebBee

The latest NBU news releases are HERE

Lets hope all it is all controllable. – WebBee

An interesting interactive map of sightings of Asian Hornet is HERE

Asian Hornet pages on the NBU Beebase HERE


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UPDATE!!–Asian Hornet confirmed in Devon


Hello Beekeepers,

we have unfortunately received notice from the BBKA that the NBU have a CONFIRMED siting of Asian Hornet in Wollacoombe in Devon. – WebBee  🙁

“The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian Hornet at an apiary near Woolacombe in Devon. Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is already underway.
Please make this news available to all your members urgently and ask everyone to be vigilant. In the case of a suspected sighting, please contact


Leigh Sidaway
General Manager BBKA”

Please review the Asian Hornet pages HERE for information on the Asian Hornet.

We will watch these developments closely. – WebBee

UPDATE 28/09/17

The BBC has confirmed this evening the NBU has just destroyed a nest in the Woolacoombe area of North Devon

“A nest of Asian hornets has been found and destroyed in north Devon, and a “search and destroy” mission is now under way to find more in the area.

Bee experts used heat-seeking cameras to find the nest in Woolacombe in a bid to stop the invasive species breeding and spreading.

However, there have been reports of a sighting of one of the insects in Plymouth in the meantime.

Environment ministry Defra said the Plymouth report was “highly likely to be accurate” but had not yet been confirmed.”

The full article and the latest Devon News HERE -WebBee

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And another one!

Hello Beekeepers,

another Hornets nest has been found on Jersey, full details can be found HERE

“So far this year seven nests have been found. These comprise three secondary nests (the two discovered this week and another at Archirondel), as well as four primary nests – one near Fliquet, one in a beehive in St John, one near Rozel and one near Bouley Bay.”

Lets hope they fail to establish properly, although it looks like all the channel islands have now had at least one nest or Asian hornet sighting confirmed. Lets hope for a cold winter! – WebBee

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Channel Isles Hornet nest

Hello Beekeepers!

Here is the latest news on the Asian Hornet front!
The channel isles are being vigilant and have successfully destroyed another nest at Tortival on Guernsey.

Our thanks go to all our Beekeeping friends on the Channel Islands, keep up the good work!
– WebBee

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Tavistock Extraction Day

Honey Extraction Day

At Lewdown Victory Hall, EX20 4DP

On Saturday 19th August from 11.00am

Suitable for those who have small amounts of honey  or a bit more!

Or anyone with a general interest in the process,

If you wish to attend,

Please contact Roy Stacey 01566 783267

or email him on

 >>>>>Bring and share lunch.<<<<<


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Check your bees FEED STATUS!

Check your bees have enough feed!

Hello beekeepers,

It is the time of year when the beekeeper looks towards the end of the season and the bees should be working for themselves after the beekeeper has taken off the honey.

However due to this years intermittent weather and the early start of the summering flowers; that have all finished flowering; and the late flowering varieties and the ivy haven’t started yet, your bees may be in danger of starvation.

The colonies are still large and eat a lot of stores, if the stores aren’t available the bees will slowly starve to death; with not enough food for the foragers to fly the colony will slowly whither and die.

Early signs are slow and listless bees during inspections, no or little brood as the Queen has gone off lay, empty stores areas on the brood combs and nibbled caps on some brood cells as the bees search for sealed stores.

Young bees may die in the cells as there isn’t any food available for them when they emerge.

The Varroa floor and the front of the hive may have piles of dead apparently healthy bees, with some grubs as these have also been apparently eaten. Not a pretty sight!

When in doubt FEED your bees!




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