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The distinctive Dadant hives arranged in groups of four at Buckfast Abbey

A sample of other beekeeping interests from around the world.

DBKA is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

All about bees and beekeeping

This is a general purpose site with information on most aspects of Bees and Beekeeping

A guide to beekeeping for adults and for kids

The history of beekeeping, for kids and for adults, with information on the different kinds of hives, etc

Many thanks to Mrs. Lowes’ students at the W.B. Goodwin Community Centre for supplying information about these page


UK Bee Information Website for both beginner and proficient beekeepers. It has the latest University Bee Research and a globally produced bi-monthly E-Bee Newsletter. Subscription is free and automatic. The website is hosted by Northern Bee Books.



'The world's beekeeping directory (in French and English)


Beekeeping Guide for all ages

Much information about all aspects of beekeeping especially for new comers


Bee Source

US site with links to resources and forums about beekeeping. The 'Build It Yourself' pages have many downloadable plans for different designs of bee hives.


Bee’s Knees

Personalized Resource Guide on Beekeeping.

Many thanks to Sofia of Westwood Youth Group for finding this informative web site.


Buckfast Abbey

With their long history of beekeeping at the Abbey, the 'Buckfast Bee'™ is world famous. This bee is a good pollen gatherer, and is normally gentle. It also has a lower tendency to swarm than many other varieties, and is resistant to Acarine.


David A Cushman

'A major reason for generating this part of the website, which is dedicated to the study of bees, is to educate, both beekeepers and the general public about bees in general and the specific methods used by beekeepers in handling bees as well as the means whereby we can breed "better" bees.'


Dave Cushman has passed away after a period of ill-health. We understand Roger Patterson will be taking steps to perpetuate Dave's website which has been an inspiration and a resource to countless numbers of beekeepers over the years. [February 2011]

Hymettus Ltd

Lea-Side, Carron Lane, Midhurst, GU29 9LB

contact Paul Lee - paulatarachne@aol.com

A source of advice on the conservation of bees, wasps and ants within Great Britain and Ireland.


Instrumented Hive Project - the IHP

Registered Charity No. 1127888

'An independant group of experienced beekeepers formed the IHP to study honeybee social organization and to encourage and support new beekeepers to take up the craft. Primarily based in N Devon we use modern technology, a spread of different skills, considerable beekeeping experience, together with a willingness to apply our limited money and resources where our greater passion lies.......'


Quince Honey Farm

North Road, South Molton, Devon EX36 3AZ. Tel: 01769 572401

Top tourist attraction in Devon. See bees close up in complete safety in glass observation hives. Large bees/beekeeping exhibition. Free parking. Shop and Cafe.

See website for visiting times - www.quincehoney.co.uk

Flowers and Bees: All about Honey

A honeybee flitting among flowers in a garden may be a typical summer sight. As common as this is, an important process is occurring through the work of the honeybees. Flowering crops such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables are dependent on pollination to continue their life cycle. Honeybees are involved in the pollination of about three-quarters of the flowering crops in the United States. This service amounts to the pollination of about $14 billion worth of crops every year in the United States. http://www.serenataflowers.com/pollennation/flowers-bees-honey/

This website link was provided by www.afterschoolcareprograms.com

Located in the heart of El Paso County, Colorado, the group of tutors provide kids and teens the adult mentoring they need to succeed. Serving as a positive role model, our tutors and peer mentors can help educate the youth, while simultaneously providing a positive influence.

Tamar Valley Honey Co-operative

Inaugural Meeting was on November 3, 2011 at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, Nr, Gunnislake. PL18 9FE. This not-for-profit co-operative has been initiated to provide beekeepers in the Tamar Valley (Devon & Cornwall) with:

  • A facility to access new markets for honey and bee related products
  • Expertise and training in legislation on production, packaging and labeling
  • The opportunity to purchase beekeeping consumables in bulk and distribute to its members in smaller quantities at affordable prices.

'A co-operative run by its members for its members'

For more information please contact:


National beekeeping organisations

American Beekeeping Federation


Australian Beekeeping


Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturalists


Danish Beekeepers


French Beekeeping



German Beekeeping



Netherlands Beekeeping


New Zealand Beekeeping


Serbian Beekeeping


Swedish Beekeepers



Alternative/Natural/Native Bees and Beekeeping

Anarcahy Apiaries

Sam Comfort from the Hudson Valley (US)


Apis mellifera, mellifera

  • Black Bees
  • British Native Dark Honeybees
  • European Dark Bee (Wikipedia)
  • Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo)

Beekeeping Naturally

Bush Farms - Huge site of information and opinions about beekeeping (US)


Mellifera e.V. (German Association for Organic Beekeeping)

Mellifera Association is engaged in the development and testing of environmentally sustainable approaches to beekeeping. With research projects, seminars and public relations, the association gives impetus to the debate on care, colony management, coping with illness and the political and social debate about a sustainable beekeeping.

www.mellifera.de (in German - you may need a web based translator)

The Natural Beekeeping Trust

Based in East and West Sussex around Ashdown Forest area. Aims to promote awareness of ways of beekeeping which take as their starting point the nature and needs of the bees, rather than maximising honey yields. The founders of the Trust believe that this is the best way to ensure long-term bee health.


Bee Charities

Bees Abroad

BEES ABROAD is a direct funding charity for beekeepers in developing countries.


Bees for Development

Bees are essential for life. Beekeeping is an effective way for poor people to strengthen their livelihoods and fight poverty. Bees for Development provides information to assist them.


Bees for Development

Members’ quarterly newsletter. Bees and beekeepers in devel-oping countries need your help.

Friends of the Bees

A charity founded to conserve and protect bees, to educate people about bees and to research and promote more natural beekeeping methods. We aim to work with others to help restore the natural balance between honeybees and other insect pollinators.


Hives Save Lives

'Our vision is the alleviation of poverty in Africa. We create opportunities for self-sufficiency and income generation through beekeeping - helping people to help themselves. We provide practical support in the form of hives, training and equipment, delivered directly to those who need it most.'


Bee Auction Sites

Bees Alert

New Beekeeping Auction Site (being tested in January, 2010) which will be free for both sellers and buyers.

Organised through the 'Beekeeping Forum'.


On-line auction site for all Apicultural needs and all things bees


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