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During Covid-19 Crisis


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.

The COLOSS CSI Pollen Project 2016


The COLOSS CSI Pollen project has run successfully in Scotland in both 2014 and 2015.  We are just starting it again in 2016, and many of our 2015 volunteers are continuing in 2016.  A few have had to drop out however, and as a result we do have some spare pollen traps available for new volunteers this year.  We are particularly short of volunteers from Angus and Fife.

What volunteers need:

  • Three colonies of honey-bees that will be kept in one location throughout the summer, preferably in National hives, but Smith hives will do.
  • Enough time to visit your apiary to close the traps on the hives for 24 hours on given week-ends at three week intervals throughout the summer. See the picture above!
  • About another hour or so where you - or if you suffer from colour-blindness, a friend with full colour vision - can sort the collected pollen pellets from your three hives into colour classes.
  • Access to an email account where the invitations to collect pollen can be sent, and from where your returns can be sent to the International Coordinator. Data returns consist of answers to a few simple questions.

Below is an example of the kind of colour sorting that you might do.



If you think you might like to participate, then please get in touch as soon as possible with the Scottish National Coordinator, Magnus Peterson, on and you will be sent full details along with the volunteers' Picture Manual with full instructions.

Magnus Peterson and Alison Gray, University of Strathclyde

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