Welcome to the Devon Beekeepers Association

Registered Charity No.270675

Devon Apiculture Research Group



      Registered Charity No 270675

             General Secretary - Barry Neal, Badgers Barn, Withacott, Langtree, Torrington EX38 8NL

        01805-601715; 07789-435477; gen.sec.dbka@gmail.com

Annual General Meeting 2015

The Devon Beekeepers’ Association (DBKA)

Annual General Meeting will be held in

the Bridge Suite, the ISCA Centre, Summer Lane, Whipton, Exeter EX4 8NT

on Saturday 14th March 2015.  

The agenda and the Gen. Sec Annual report can be read and downloaded using the following links.  


    9.30   Coffee Tea/Biscuits

  10.00   Welcome by DBKA President

              Colin J Sherwood

            - Presentation of Education Certificates

            - Presentation of Frank Alston Memorial Skep

            - Presentation of 50/60 Years in Beekeeping               Certificates

10.10     Presentation of the Downing Memorial Bowl               by Ruth Neal, 2014 Winner

10.15     Annual General Meeting

             (Agenda & Accounts will be in the

              March edition of Beekeeping Magazine)

11.15    Break

11.30    Presentation by Richard Ball on “DARG”

A good, reasonably priced, selection of meals and sandwiches is available in the restaurant alongside the Bridge Suite.  If you require lunch, please order on arrival.

Barry Neal

General Secretary

8th January 2015

Draft amendments to DBKA's Constitution.

It is important that all members read and consider these proposed amendments to the Constitution.

Click here to read more.

If you would like to contact someone in your area about a swarm of honey bees then please click on this button and select one in your area


2015 Agenda Gen. Sec. Annual Report

2015 DBKA Celebrity Lecture

Tuesday, 14th April

7.30 - 9.30 pm


Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne  Newton Abbot

TQ12 6NQ

REGISTER FOR  eTICKETS  by email with Kathy Lovegrove:


Reception from 6.30 to meet our guest

 and members from around the county.

  Cost:  £5 payable on arrival.

(Tea /coffee included.)

Professor Keith Delaplane MBE (Hon)

University of Atlanta, Georgia.  USA

Keith Delaplane is life-long practical beekeeper and one of the world’s leading bee scientists. He has been a  great friend of DBKA  for many years. He has a long family history of beekeeping, his grandfather was a beekeeper in Indiana during the early 20th century. He had his first hive at 13 and his love of bees continues to this day.

"Biological clues for good bee management".

Unlike other agricultural animals, the modern honey bee occupies an ambiguous niche between "domesticated animal" and "wild animal." The history of agriculture has been one of increasing productivity of plants and animals far beyond levels required for their own reproduction. Much of what we do in beekeeping is, in fact, solidly in this camp, including things like breeding bees for productivity, swarm management, colony equalizing, and migratory honey production. But recent honey bee declines suggest that we may be pushing the limits of honey bee productivity. Perhaps we need to pay renewed attention to the "honey bee as wild animal" paradigm. How can beekeepers partner with honey bee biology to improve bee health while maintaining reasonable levels of production?

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