A branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association - registered charity 270675
We welcome visitors of all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult family member. We meet at our Clay Lane apiary on Saturdays from 2pm in the summer months and are always happy to receive visits from those that share an interest in bees and beekeeping. Whether you are an experienced keeper or a complete novice our apiary manager Allen Hodgson will show you around and introduce you to our bees. These informal sessions incorporate guided hands-on experience of hive maintenance along with group-led discussion and proactive input from more experienced club members. For those that are new to the art of beekeeping we can provide bee suits and gloves; however, suitable footwear will also be required, so don't forget to bring along your wellington boots!
Over at our clubhouse the kettle's always on and there's usually a biscuit, or perhaps some home-made cake on offer. We have an excellent reference library for members which all are welcome to browse and there's always someone on hand to offer advice on most beekeeping matters. We often have honey for sale and also stock a range of bee equipment including good quality foundation and varroa mesh.
Along with the opportunity for novices to gain experience in our apiary we also offer more seasoned beekeepers assistance in finding a home for their own colonies through an apiary site scheme which connects members with local landowners who would like to help bees by offering a space for hives to be placed. Using our collective knowledge of the area and our beekeeping experience we help to arrange these new homes whilst also offering support for both site owner and member alike, so that there is a safe and reliable structure in place for all concerned, especially the bees.