Tavistock Beekeeper Training – Update

Hello Beekeepers!

The dates for our spring Training programme for next year have been confirmed as:-

21st and 28th Feb, and the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of March

The Venue will be Tavistock college.

The Cost will be approximately £80

If you know anyone who is interested in training to become a Beekeeper please send us their contact details via the website contact us page HERE or email us at the Tavistockbee@gmail.com address.

I will be updating our Training pages accordingly with further details have been confirmed.-WebBee



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UK Government to lift Neonics Ban?

Hello Beekeepers,

The debate on “Neonic’s” or Neonicotinoids continues to thunder on, about what is good for our economy versus the damage to our environment and wildlife. Meanwhile the Chemical companies try and get the ban lifted citing their statistics, despite a growing body of evidence to the contrary.

It seems the UK Government may be attempting to lift the E.U Ban again?

Please see the link below for more information, and if you can sign up to the petition if you already haven’t done so! -WebBee https://actions.sumofus.org/a/neonics-uk

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Warm end to the season

Hello Beekeepers!

Well with temperature forecast for the eastern UK as 26C (yes Twenty SIX degrees Celsius) and possibly 20C is forecast for Devon this week; its an odd finish to the beekeeping season.

However there are downsides to this late warm weather.


Varroa numbers may still be significant, so its time to treat your colonies with your chosen Varrocide, and as the weather is warmer there may be more urgency, as the numbers will be increasing and Brood numbers will be decreasing.


Your bees will need feeding for the winter months, so please ensure your colonies are sufficiently fed, even IF you haven’t removed any Honey this year, it may not be enough to see them through the winter!

 Beware the WASPS are back!

Today I watched as several of my colonies defend themselves against the striped invaders, however others seemed to simply let them in!

Close up Hive entrances and observe your hives to check everything is OK.

Wasp traps and baits are discussed HERE on our website and plenty of other places on the internet; if you find an effective method please share the information via contacting us via the contacts page. – WebBee

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Tavistock Beekeepers training

Hello Beekeepers!

Well after a good weather year for our bees its time to think about putting the bees to bed for the winter months, and also think about training and winter meetings!

We intend to run a beginners course in the spring of 2017 and if you are interested, or know anyone who would be could you please get them to fill in the contact form HERE with the subject “Training”. This will allow us to asses numbers for the course.

If you have any other comments about websites or events. conferences etc we would be glad to hear from you via the contacts on the contacts page or via the quick contact form via the link above. – WebBee

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Tavistock honey extraction day

Hello Beekeepers!

the honey extraction day last weekend was well supported and several members used the opportunity to extract some honey from their super frames. You will be pleased to hear Tea cake, and a very fine lunch were enjoyed by all. Very many thanks to all those members who helped on the day, a very enjoyable day! – WebBee


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A Bit of a Do – Cornwalls 8th Beekeeping convention






Pasties at lunchtime should be booked with your ticket


For more information please see HERE


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News from BIBBA

Just seven weeks until the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association three day conference opens on the Isle of Man on Tuesday the 20th September.

The good news with a diverse selection of nearly 30 stimulating lectures on beekeeping for all levels of experience we intend to repeat the quality and buzz of Llangollen conference, 2014.

The better news Time seems to have flown by this summer so we have extended the “Early Bee” discount until the 14th August for those who missed the original date: so why not treat yourself to a post-harvest break?

The lecture schedule, other information, and bookings link are all available at BIBBA.com

“This weekend’s conference was excellent and more than met expectations – I hope this sets the standards for future UK beekeeping events and look forward to the next one!”

Delegate feedback, Llangollen, 2014


Trisha Marlow

Publicity, BIBBA

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Update-Honey Extraction Day

Hello Beekeepers!

well its that time of year when after looking after your bees all year there is a slight chance that they will have some honey for you to carefully remove and extract, all from your hard working bees!

For those of you lucky enough to have extracted some honey already, you are all invited to share your expert-ease ; and for those who have not extracted yet, or who have never extracted honey we have organised a honey extraction day. Why not come along and help out?

Where ?

Lewdown Victory Hall – EX20 4DP

A superb venue for many things and the annual Honey extraction day 2016, easily found on the main road near the Blue Lion Pub. Directions are HERE (see directions page)


On Saturday 20th August from 10.30am

Suitable for anyone with a general interest in the process, or who have small amounts of honey or even more!

PLEASE bring a bulk container to put your honey in to take it away with you!

Please contact Roy Stacey 01566 783 267 or email him on If you wish to attend.




Tea, Cake and Honey, a perfect event! – WebBee

If you are stuck for ideas about CAKE!!

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Bee Tea – Cake and Tea and Beekeepers wanted!

Hello Beekeepers!

The next event for Tavistock Beekeepers is a “Bee Tea” at Mark Gibbons Apiary, this is a bring and share event and will be on what-ever the weather so we can talk about bees!

Getting here……Postcode PL15 8QF

Head west from Launceston on the A30 and after a couple of miles  take the A395 signed for Wadebride and North Cornwall.

After 2 miles drive right  through Pipers Pool and after leaving the village take the next  left signed to Trethinna and Trewen .

Our place is Trewen Cottage which is the FIRST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (near the church . about half a mile from the A395 )

Please park in the church car park and walk the 100 yards along the road to the house . There is a large green  defibrillator box next to our gate so you cant miss us.

It would be good if people could let me know if they plan to turn up just so I have some idea of numbers- tea cups etc AND please bring camping chairs if you have any to hand .  Tel:01566-86350 e-mail:mark@gibbons-art.co.uk

This event is a social event with hands on bee Inspections for those prepared, this event is open to all Tavistock members, beginners welcome.

We hope to see you on the day; don’t forget to bring something to share! – WebBee


Trewen Cottage


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Tavistock Beekeepers Events

Hello Beekeepers!

This weekend Tavistock beekeepers are at the Gulworthy Fete with an educational stand

Woodovis Park, Gulworthy,  1.30 pm — 5 pm

Sunday 17 July 2016

Dog entries at 1.00 pm

Signposted from Gulworthy Cross Roundabout

(Proceeds split between St Pauls Church and Great community event for Gulworthy Parish)

Live Music * Stalls, Runner Duck Race, Gulworthy Parish Hall Sideshows, Grand Draw, Cream Teas, Refreshments (including tea and cake!


Also a Bee Tea with Mark Gibbons is scheduled for the 24th July

– details to follow soon!




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