South Devon Bee Improvers Group
SDBIG is for beekeepers in the area between Exeter and Plymouth, including Torbay and Dartmoor, who have a particular interest in breeding and/or working with our native "black" bee, Apis mellifera mellifera (AMM), with a view to breeding a local strain that is well adapted to our damp and unpredictable weather.
SDBIG is open to all beekeepers in the area who would like to work with native and near-native bees. We do not currently have a membership scheme, but we encourage membership of BIBBA, the Bee Improvers and Bee Breeders Association, to which we are affiliated.
Our principle aim is to breed better bees: better adapted; better tempered; better able to solve their own problems. We do not require you to keep bees in any particular way or in any specific type of hive, although we do encourage bio-mechanical rather than chemical treatments for diseases and pests and we strongly discourage the use of imported bees.
If you would like to be informed of our activities, please sign up for our free (occasional) newsletter.
For details of our flagship project, please see British Black Bee Project
Tel: 0871 564 1066
Atlantic Coast Friends of the Bees
works with native and near-native bees and meets regularly in Welcombe, near Bideford. Contact Sue or Mick 01288 331700
Our associated group in Cornwall is BIPCo
- the Bee Improvement Program for Cornwall.
We are part of the Natural Beekeeping Network, which is an informal, international network of beekeepers who take a 'natural' approach to beekeeping, using top bar hives and management strategies that give priority to the bees' way of arranging their nests. Treatments against pests, if used at all, are as natural as possible and no synthetic chemicals are used.
Balanced Beekeeping Training
Details of our beekeeping courses and events in the UK