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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.

Beekeeper's address tae a haggis by Alan Riach

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Fair fa' your honest,sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch , tripe, or thairm
Weel are ye worthy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Just like a super on the hill,
Wi heather honey like to spill,
In harvest weather.
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like well pressed heather.

Uncapping knife the beekeeper bears,
Tae cut ye up with ne’r a teer
Expose your gushing entrails bright,
Like chestnut pollen;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm reekin, open!

Hive tool and smoker on they strive;
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a' their weel swall'd kytes belyve
As tight as drums;
The good auld beekeeper, like to rive
'Bethankit' hums.

Less able folk eat French ragout
Or olio would bed a soo
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi perfect scunner;
They look down wi ’ scornfu view
On such a dinner?

Poor devils, see them owre their jar.
As feckless as a wither'd spar,
Their spindle airms, like bottom bars
And fists like peanuts
Wi good black bees they fear to war
O how unfit!

But mark the Scot, with haggis fed;
And heather honey; hear his tread
In ample fist a hive tool blade,
He'll work it faster;
The bees stand back wi full respect,
For such a master.

Ye Pow'rs , wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o fare,
Scots beefolk want nae watery ware
That slops in juggies;
But, if ye wish their grateful prayer,
Gie them a Haggis


abr - with apologies to The Bard!



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