apiculture  n. beekeeping

apiarist n. one who keeps bees

apiary n.  a place where bees are kept

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© Okehampton Branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association 2020 - Registered Charity 270675

Membership is open to anyone keeping bees or having an interest in the craft of beekeeping.

Why Join?

Beekeeping today is a fascinating and rewarding activity but at times can be challenging. Caring for bees, like caring for any livestock, can be affected by adverse weather, pests, disease and bad luck. Successful beekeeping requires some degree of dedication to acquire knowledge and understanding of bees and their needs. Also, in this global world with changing climate, it is necessary to keep up-to-date with developments. Membership of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is one of the best ways to access knowledge and keep abreast of the beekeeping news. Membership through joining a local branch has the added advantage of shared experience and personal support through the rough times as well as the good.

There are five levels of membership in two main categories, one for those with bees and one for those without.  Registered, Partner and Junior members are registered as beekeepers with BBKA and are covered by Bee Disease Insurance (BDI). Associate and Social membership is for those without bees. Click on an icon for full details

Membership Benefits

Depending on your level of membership you will receive:

Are You Interested In Keeping Bees?

Both the Devon & British Beekeepers websites have useful 'Getting Started' pages.

Need Help Getting Started?

Okehampton Beekeepers offer to help new members


Subscription Fees 2021

Registered (Full) Member . £37.00(Inc. BDI up to 3 colonies)

Partner Member    ............ £17.00  (Inc. BDI up to 3 colonies)

Junior Member  ....….…….. £17.00 (Inc. BDI up to 3 colonies)

Associate Member  ........... £14.00

Social Member ..........… .... £4.50

For more information on membership categories see the attached subscription form below.


It is now possible to pay by bank transfer or you can send your completed subscription forms to the treasurer:

Simon Grose, Alverstone, Gissage Lane, Zeal Monachorum, EX17 6DH - Tel 07715392984

N.B. Additional colony BDI supplements are due for more than 3 colonies - see subscription form download below for details.

Click here  to download the 2021 Membership Form

(for both new and existing members)

Click here  to download the guidance notes