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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.


STATEMENT ISSUED - Royal Highland Show 2020 Cancelled

It is with deep regret and huge disappointment that we confirm the cancellation of the 2020 Royal Highland Show. The show is Scotland’s largest outdoor event attracting up to 200,000 people each year and is the premier showcase for the food, farming and rural industry. Given recent and ongoing developments, this is the only course of action open to us.
Ticket holders should contact the RHS’ ticketing partner, Ticketmaster, via your Ticketmaster account via Tradestands, Livestock Exhibitors and Sponsors should contact your usual key contact or by email on:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Members, customers and partners for their continued support and wish you all the best throughout this challenging time. We hope to see you all again in 2021 for the next Royal Highland Show!

Interested in volunteering next year?

You’ll be welcoming visitors
The Royal Highland Show is the annual gathering of beekeepers from all over Scotland. With around 10,000 visitors every day we need YOU to come along and share the good news about honey bees and beekeeping. The general public is ready and willing to support bees and our Honey Tent is one of the most popular attractions at the Highland Show – thanks to the enthusiastic volunteer stewards who gather there to share their knowledge and passion for honey bees.

You’ll learn more about beekeeping
Stewarding is a great way to meet other beekeepers as well as a terrific learning opportunity. If you are a new beekeeper, you will be in a team alongside experienced beekeepers with the chance to learn more about the craft as well as to share your enthusiasm with the public. Team rotas are varied - engaging visitors, candle rolling, minding the exhibits and explaining what’s happening in the observation hives as well as offering information about bees and beekeeping in Scotland.

And you can talk about bees – till the cows come home!
Whether you’re a novice or an experienced beekeeper, as a volunteer you’ll be helping to create a friendly and memorable experience for hundreds of visitors to the Honey Marquee each day.

Come along, make new friends, and help promote beekeeping in Scotland.
If you’ve been before, please come again.
If you haven’t been before, then what’re you waiting for?

Contact Fiona for more info:


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