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South Devon Friends of the Bees
Balanced Beekeeping Group

South Devon Friends of the Bees is a group of beekeepers with the common aim of wanting to look after our bees with a 'light-handed' approach to management and a preference for 'treatment-free' beekeeping, without the use of synthetic chemicals or medications. Anyone in the South Devon area with similar aims is welcome to attend meetings.

We meet as follows: from October to March on the first Monday of every month (except as notified) at the Abbey Inn, Buckfast. From March to September we have additional meetings at our apiary. There is currently no membership fee, but membership of Friends of the Bees is expected.

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National Network

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.

North Devon

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

UK Balanced Beekeeping Training

Details of Balanced Beekeeping courses and events in the UK.

More about Natural Beekeeping

If you want to know more about 'natural beekeeping', you can download a free Introduction to Natural Beekeeping article and listen to Phil Chandler's Barefoot Beekeeper Podcast.

How To Start Beekeeping For Free

More free articles on natural and balanced beekeeping

Balanced Beekeeping Training

Details of balanced beekeeping courses.

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