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Guidance From Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate

The Bee Health Teams of DEFRA, the Scottish and Welsh Governments have issued their advice and guidance for beekeeping in the UK given the current restrictions around COVID-19, which can be found by clicking here.

This guidance has been published on Beebase and if you are not already registered on Beebase it is a good idea to do so, not only will you receive notifications like this but also alerts if there is EFB or AFB within your area.

The Bee Disease and Pest Control (Scotland) Amendment Order 2021 making Varroa reportable in Scotland and which amends The Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 comes into force on 21st April 2021 (similar arrangements are in place for England and Wales). This legislation requires all beekeepers and officials in Great Britain to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage or inspect (in the case of bee inspectors) and will allow GB to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union and for GB beekeepers to continue to export honey queen bees to the EU and Northern Ireland.

In summary, you should continue to care and manage your honey bee stocks in the normal manner whilst observing the government’s guidance on COVID-19 and social distancing.

Should you have any queries or need anything please do not hesitate to contact us.

We hope you and your bees stay safe and well.

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In June 2010, the Scottish Government, together with representatives from the Scottish Beekeepers Association and the Bee Farmer Association launched their 10-year Honey Bee Health Strategy.

The overall aim of the Strategy is to achieve a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Scotland through strengthened partnership working between stakeholders with an interest in honey bees.

It will provide a plan of action over a decade and will define the need for Government involvement and provide direction for the future. The Scottish Government and stakeholders with interests in honey bees are responsible for implementation of the Honey Bee Health Strategy.

The Strategy has four main outcomes which provide the focus for future action and development on:

  • Education, Training and Knowledge Transfer
  • Communication
  • Surveillance, Diagnosis and Biosecurity
  • Research and Development

A feasibility study into options for restocking honey bee colonies in Scotland is a feature of the Strategy, which aims to improve the sustainability and health of honey bee stocks in Scotland. The findings from the study have now been published and can be accessed here Review into Options for Restocking Honey Bee Colonies in Scotland.

The main Strategy Group have identified two Sub-Groups who will take forward issues which are raised.

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