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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.

National Honey Monitoring Scheme Launched

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If you're an amateur or professional beekeeper in the UK, you can register your interest to take part in the new National Honey Monitoring Scheme to provide early warning of environmental threats. Sign up at :

The CEH which is running the scheme says honey produced by bees can tell us about the health of the countryside - including what flowers bees are feeding on, the pesticides they are exposed to and even what diseases they may have.

A recent pilot study identified widespread residues of neonicotinoid pesticides in honey samples collected from 130 BBKA beekeepers across the UK.

CEH says in the long term, they will be able to assess how these threats change over time and vary in different regions. This information will help scientists, apiarists, land-owners and policy makers to make evidence based management and policy decisions.

What the monitoring scheme will aim to do:

     :- State-of-the-art analysis - DNA metabarcoding & high precision mass spectrometry of honey samples

     :-Sample archive - for future research developing new analytics, such as disease detection

      •      :-Provide feedback to participating beekeepers  

      •      :-Generate robust scientific data to inform future policy decisions

      • All beekeepers are asked to register their interest in taking part by emailing

The viability of the scheme will depend on sufficient numbers of beekeepers expressing an interest in participating.

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