Posted on: November 24th, 2011 by



BBKA: the British Beekeepers’ Association, the association for hobbyists and sideliners, with some commercial members

Cornwall Beekeepers Association

Devon Beekeepers Association

Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association

Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group



Other sources of Information

BIPCO (Bee Improvement Project in Cornwall)

NBU (National Bee Unit) Beebase

Dave Cushman has created the best British website, with a wealth of detail about beekeeping practices and detailed drawings of equipment.


Northern Bee Books sponsor the Bee Editor Exchange Scheme, the on-line Apis-UK Newsletter, Journals and many other valuable items for beekeepers.

BB Wear beekeepers’ clothing: based in Threemilestone

Brian Sherriff beekeepers clothing and a lot more, world famous and used everywhere, based at Mylor Downs

Cornwall Honey – Beekeeping Supplies, Saltash


National Bee Supplies Okehampton, Devon

Porteath Bee Centre Wadebridge

The Bee Shop quality beekeeping clothing from Somerset

for bee friendly plants



3 Responses to Links

  1. Judi McGuane had this to say about that:

    Good Afternoon
    I have been looking at your links page & wondered if could be included?
    We have been supplying glass jars to BBKA members for over 20 years.
    We offer many discounts and savings both on our website & at the Spring Convention & National Honey Show.
    If this would be possible please do not hesitate to contact me on 01322 351315

    Many thanks


  2. Maxine had this to say about that:

    Could you advise me as to any courses or beekeeping meetings in the Cornwall area please ,much appreciated maxine

    • John Mills had this to say about that:


      Sorry for the delay in replying. There is a course run annually at Rosewarne (near Camborne) -see details below. The course is run by Roger Dewhurst, a very experienced beekeeper, on Thursday evenings and lasts 18 weeks. The course started on 4th January but if you contact Roger (01209 722125) you may be able to join this year’s course. You can contact the college (0330 123 4784) if you have difficulty contacting Roger. Alternatively, the Association will be running a beginner’s ‘taster’ course, probably in May, at our apiary near Marazion. Details will be available on our website nearer to the time. If you need further help you can contact me, John Mills ( – 07764291106). You could also come to our Better Beekeeper meetings which are held monthly during the winter at Goldsithney as a guest. The next meeting is on Tuesday 6th February at 7:30pm


      John Mills

      The Association in partnership with Duchy College, (Cornwall College’s Agricultural Faculty based at Rosewarne), offers Beginners Beekeeping courses which includes a practical teaching element. Details of the current year’s courses can be obtained from Duchy College, details at the end.

      Beginners Beekeeping Part 1
      This two term course of 36 hours provides all the basic information you will need to keep bees. It is aimed at those who have not yet got their bees, but will be useful to those who already have them and may explain many of the questions the bees have given you. We recommend that you join your local Beekeepers Association during the course (WCBKA student members do not pay a fee) so that you have the opportunity to learn from and consult with other experienced beekeepers.

      The ten classroom sessions usually take place on Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:00, . The eight two hour practical sessions take place on Saturdays from April in the afternoons or alternatively on Thursday evenings.

      Topics that will be covered include:
      Purchasing healthy colonies; Siting colonies safely; The year’s work in the apiary; Opening a hive and assessing a colony; Swarm prevention, control and management; Keeping your colonies healthy; Keeping varroa under control; Maximising your honey crop; Taking, storing and presenting honey; Marketing the hive products; Modern hives and their maintenance; The life cycles of the honeybees; Helping to pollinate seed and fruit crops

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