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Wow! Our branch stand at the Mid Devon Show on Saturday 23 July - photos above - won three prizes:

  1. A cup for the best trade stand in 7m and under frontage,
  2. A cup for the best educational stand at the show,
  3. The silver salver for best stand in the show. This last one was presented to the branch chairman, Malcolm Jenkins, in the main ring when all the major awards at the show were presented.

2016-17 Beginners,  Introduction to Beekeeping course dates announced , places available - download an application form here.

Asian Hornet Alert  Please Read Article Below

Following the finding of Asian hornets in Gloucestershire last week we have received a large number of suspect Asian hornet reports from members of the public and beekeepers which we are following up. Bee inspectors have now visited over 100 sites. Asian hornets have been seen at just six locations within 500 meters of the original site.

Efforts to track down the nest and destroy it are ongoing. There have been no other substantiated reports of hornets anywhere else in the UK so please be patient while we continue our field work and be assured that when appropriate, national alerts will be sent out via our email alert system. In the meantime, our news feed on BeeBase will be used to keep everyone updated.

Please also see the updated ID sheet to help you Identify Vespa velutina in your apiaries http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=208. At this time of the year, the best bait to use in traps is fish bait diluted to 25%

Please continue to monitor your own apiaries using hornet traps and encourage those whom you know are not registered on our database to sign up.  Kind Regards, national Bee Unit.

Welcome to the Tiverton & District Beekeepers website.

Introduction.

Tiverton Beekeepers are a medium-sized group of bee keepers of just over 100 members, the club is a branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association (DBKA).

We meet on the third Wednesday in every month from September through to March at Uplowman Village Hall, meetings start at 7:30pm. From April through to June the meetings are held at our branch apiary (weather permitting), and for the two months of July and August we set up our exhibit at the Mid Devon and Honiton Shows. We also exhibit at the Devon County Show in the DBKA marquee. Our magazine "The Buzzette" is distributed by email to members monthly and contains articles written by our members.  

Interested In Becoming a Beekeeper?

If you would like to become a beekeeper but have not yet taken the first step, then we recommend that you join a local association, there are many questions you might want to ask. To help you make a decision please click on the link below where I have tried to answer some of the questions that you may have with regard to embarking on this fascinating hobby. New Beekeepers FAQ's (opens in a new window).

New bee keepers are encouraged to join the club and enrol on the beginners courses that we run, these courses give a basic grounding for novice bee keepers and those wishing to take up the hobby but have not committed themselves to getting any bees yet. There are many benefits to becoming a member and these are listed on our membership page in the main menu. If you would like to become a member of our club then the application form can be found here. If you would like to enrol on a beginners course then follow this link to print off and fill out a Beginners Course Application Form.