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Exmoor Division

President: Gail Johnson

Vice president: tbc

Chairman: Dave Colley  (The Archer House, Dunster, TA24 6SE. 01643 822299).

Treasurer: Lance Moir   (Catford Cottage, Escott, Williton TA24 4JQ 01984 656240)

Secretary: Caroline Ralph   Contact Caroline here.  

Swarm Contact:  Greg Bartnik – 07976 952 989

Membership Secretary:   David Cheesman  Contact David here

Newsletter contributions to John Eastaugh

Welcome to Exmoor beekeepers home page!

We are the most westerly of the Somerset Divisions, with members from across West Somerset into Devon,

Although small we are a very active and inclusive group with members keeping honey bees in diverse locations geographically from seaside to moorland, and consequentially a wide shared experience and pool of knowledge.

We have a lot of fun as a group. Every year we have a marquee at both the Porlock and Dunster Shows, where we promote beekeeping, roll candles and sell members’ honey. We also hold an autumn honey show with an invited national speaker. Seasonal Bee Inspector, NDB beekeeper and author of 'Apis through the Looking Glass' Graham Royle iwas our guest speaker this year.

We hold informal monthly education sessions, at the pub during the winter and at either our divisional apiary or a member’s apiary (bee teas) throughout the season to which all members are invited.

We are lucky enough to have three Master Beekeepers and two commercial beekeeper members amongst our number, so advice is available and many members are happy to assist beginners when they are starting out.

If you would like to join us you are more than welcome.

Download our newsletters here

Download our 2017 membership form  here

Benefits of divisional membership

Divisional Membership

Your local branch is able to offer advice, facilities, continued learning opportunities, insurance, training, equipment hire, up to date information, social events and more than anything else, a place to talk about bees! A programme of educational meetings and demonstrations facilitate a community of beekeepers to continue the craft, and to extend knowledge and experience to others on a voluntary basis. Each year we have events, courses, apiary demonstrations, and assistance is given whenever possible.

Our training apiary on the outskirts of Minehead has been significantly upgraded. Power for light and heating, timber boarding internally for a brighter, cleaner and warmer environment, a workstation, catering facilities and storage, make this a positive place for beekeepers to meet. A number of hives have been established for training purposes and are available on a rent-a hive-basis. New protective clothing and equipment is available for use at the training apiary, purchased in 2006.

A monthly newsletter keeps members up to date with activities and information and communicates Committee decisions. The cost for all these services is currently £7.20.

Download our 2017 membership form  here

Somerset Beekeepers Association

We are members of the SBKA which in 2006 celebrated its Centenary. The SBKA Council helps to manage the activities of beekeeping in a representative way, and is a conduit for communication between Divisions. SBKA services include Bee Disease Diagnosis, Quarterly Newsletter; Year Book; Pollination Services; Promotion; Spray liaison scheme; Lecture days; County Honey show and affiliations.

We have representation on Council and feed through our views via our own Committee. As part of our membership fee, £5.50 is paid to SBKA

British Beekeepers Association BBKA

£19 per member helps beekeeping nationally pay for national events and publications. A regular newsletter is also mailed to members directly. BBKA facilitate insurance through the Bee Disease Insurance as well as important 3rd party liability insurance.

Exmoor 2017 programme Exmoor Beekeepers Beginners Course