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Learn about honey bees or take up beekeeping

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 six weeks. The cost of the 2015 course was £80 per person, we will be arranging the 2016/17 course and hope to keep the costs about the same if possible.

This cost includes books and all materials and the cost of the venue hire.

More details will be published nearer the time. – WebBee

The intention is to offer a realistic insight into beekeeping, “warts and all”, and to encourage people to think quite carefully about whether it really is for them, or whether they might find more reward in creating a bee-friendly garden or allotment instead.

If you are not able to attend the introductory course this year but still wish to learn about bees, please contact the committee through the contact pages; we are keen to welcome new members to any of our events throughout the year. WebBee

Study Groups

The Basic assessment is the starting point for all BBKA qualifications and provides a bed-rock foundation for practical beekeeping. Support for “improvers” and those wishing to take the Basic is offered during the Autumn (theory work) and the Spring (brushing up on the practical aspects) and is run as formal tuition.

The Modules are the theoretical basis for beekeeping, and whether or not you wish to take a formal exam, the information and insight to be gained from studying the courses is valuable in developing a better understanding of the principles behind effective beekeeping. Members can choose to establish informal study groups, enrol in a British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) Correspondence Course, and/or undertake self-directed learning. Occasionally taught classes are available throughout the Devon Beekeepers Association area and the DBKA website will provide information about this.

DBKA offers support and preparation days for the General Husbandry Assessment (a brief introduction to the nature and requirements of the assessment), the contact details can be found presently on the DBKA website. – WebBee

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