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Getting Started

Do You Want to Keep Bees?
How will you know if beekeeping is for you? Before you start buying equipment, there are some things you can do that will give you a taste of what is involved.

Non-members may come as a guest to one East Devon Beekeepers meeting to get a taste of what we do. Contact any committee member and we will be delighted to welcome you.

Beginners at the teaching apiary
Beginners at the teaching apiary

For those intending to get started, members can access our wide-ranging beekeeping Library.

For those not sure or who would like a more broadly based and personal introduction to the craft you can join our annual Beginners Course.

We can provide a beekeeper’s suit to start you off; you provide the Wellingtons and washing-up gloves. The programme as a whole will give you a solid understanding of what’s involved and, if you don’t already know one, may introduce you to a nearby beekeeper who can help you develop your experience. It is always helpful to know what is likely to develop in your hive next week, next month, next year, and be prepared for it.

Bee keeping has a popular public profile and attractive images to go with it: the hive at the bottom of the garden, a harvest of many jars of home-produced honey. There is also the satisfaction of knowing that one is working with nature, not against it.

Brood inspection
Brood inspection

Every venture begins with a first step. What is your first step? Contact us! Talk to us about beekeepers in your area, about Beginners’ courses. Meet beekeepers. Meet bees. Read the FAQs.

News & Events

‘Bees may take generations to recover from one exposure to insecticides’
Study shows reduced reproduction and other negative impacts on performance of species

It may take bees multiple generations to recover from being exposed to insecticides even just once, research shows.

Although studies have long shown the damaging effects of pesticides for the biodiverse environment, little is known about how much they affect insects in the long term.

Read the article HERE

‘No one knew they existed’: wild heirs of lost British honeybee found at Blenheim.

The ‘ecotype’, thought to have been wiped out by disease and invasive species, is thriving in the estate’s ancient woodlands.Read the article HERE

US beekeepers sue over imports of fake
asian honey.

Read the article HERE.

Marks and Spencer project threat to honeybee diversity?

Good thing or bad thing? You decide. Read the article HERE.

Liquid gold: beekeepers defying Yemen war to produce the best honey

Read the article HERE.

Fungus creates fake fragrant flowers to fool bees

Fungi have been discovered making fake flowers that look and even smell like the real thing, fooling bees and other pollinating insects into visiting them.

Read the article HERE.

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity

Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.”

Read the secrets HERE

Making a beeline: wildflower paths across UK could save species

Conservation charity aims to help restore 150,000 hectares of bee-friendly corridors to save the insects from extinction.

Read the article HERE.