About us

The Devon Beekeepers’ Association (DBKA) is a not-for-profit organisation run on a voluntary basis for the benefit of bees and beekeepers. It is affiliated to the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA). We actively encourage membership to provide the help resources needed to promote beekeeping and to support beginners and ‘old hands’ alike.

Our aim is to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of honeybees in the environment.

We plan to achieve this with our eleven Branch Associations by:
● Promoting and supporting good beekeeping practice.
● Educating with courses, lectures and study.
● Collaborating with organisations such as the National Bee Unit.
Ensuring that the latest information, underpinned by research, is available for all our members through the Devon ‘Beekeeping’ journal and our website.

As part of the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) our members enjoy a range of benefits including – BBKA News, Insurance and much more.

Many of us are now considering how we can live more sustainably. There is a growing interest in where our food comes from and the key part in which bees play. The health of our bees has a direct impact on our own well being so it is vital that we care for them properly. Our interests also extend to other pollinators, local flora, the climate and environment as the fate of honeybees is clearly linked to these.

Founded in 1875 DBKA has a long history which is described in interesting detail in Ron Brown’s ‘One Thousand Years of Devon Beekeeping’. copies of this booklet are held in all branch libraries.

‘BEEKEEPING’, our Association journal also forms an interesting historical record. It has been published continuously since 1935, 10 issues per year. There are three complete archival sets in the county – two held by the editor at the moment and one at the Devon County Records Office.