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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.

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News & Events

Nosema Testing at Hunthay Apiary
Please note that on Thursday 12th April between 1000 & 1230 there will be an opportunity for you to test your bees for Nosema.
Members should bring samples (c.30 bees) from each hive.
Calling Notice for the rescheduled Devon Beekeepers’ Association Annual General Meeting
Download details: DBKA Calling Notice 2018
Please note that the Raffle Draw for the cedar wood hive donated by National Bee Supplies will take place on 7th April, so still time to buy tickets if you wish.
BBKA documents fyi
Spring Convention
Note: Now rescheduled for April 7th at Meldon Village Hall
Devon Beekeepers Day Raffle Prize!
Dear Member,
You will recall I gave details of the Devon Beekeepers Day in your February Buzz. We now have the raffle tickets available for the National hive kindly being donated by National Bee Supplies. Tickets can only be purchased by members and are priced at £2 each. See your emails for details of how to purchase raffle tickets.Proceeds from the raffle go to the Presidents Fund which in turn helps to support bee related projects throughout the county.The beekeepers day on March 3rd promises to be an interesting event (your February Beekeeping magazine has all the details) – so come along if you can. Regards, Val

Gove – UK will back total ban on bee harming pesticides Click link to see details

Asian Hornet in North Devon
The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in North Devon which was spotted by a beekeeper in their apiary on the 18th September 2017. The contingency response has been initiated and a press release has been issued by Defra.