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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.

Go Team Scotland !!!


We’re absolutely buzzing to let you know Team Scotland have just returned from the 10th International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) in Slovakia and can proudly announce that one of our young beekeepers, Martin Leahy, aged 15 from Tarland Bee Group near Aberdeen has been crowned champion of the world, winning best international young beekeeper! Well done Martin!!

Over 30 countries were represented at this international competition including Australia, Canada, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Denmark, Italy, France, Ireland, Wales, Ulster and England. Several of these teams had hundred applicants for a team place, so hosted regional and then national heats.

Each country takes a team of 3 young people and they are put into mixed nation teams, so 16 teams competed. Not only did we win first in the individual competition, but we are also delighted to say Martin was part of the international team who came 2nd and another of our team, Jaimee Kirk, aged 13 from Annan Academy Bee Club, was in the international team who came 3rd. Our third team member, Emily Oakes, aged 14 is also from Annan Academy Bee Club. Overall Team Scotland came 7th.

Well done to Martin, Emily and Jaimee, this is a truly proud moment for Scotland and the Scottish Beekeeping community. It’s not very often we can say Scotland came 1st, 2nd and 3rd!!

A huge thank you goes to the parents, the team leaders, Tarland Bee Group, Annan Academy Bee Club and to the team sponsors. We would also like to thank all of you, for supporting and encouraging beekeepers of all ages in your local areas all year round. What a fantastic achievement for such a small nation!

Well Done Scotland!!

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