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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.

cancelledMessage From Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate

  • Scotland’s first minister called on Monday night for an effective “lock down” in order to flatten the curve of Covid-19 spread and to protect the NHS. Full advice on guidance can be found on the Scottish Government website
  • At the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate, we are working hard in order to ensure that we continue to provide the support required to the Scottish beekeeping community. This is a very fast-moving situation and we plead you to continue to monitor advice. At the forefront of our thoughts is the health and well-being of our inspectors and colleague beekeepers across Scotland.
  • With the current measures and risks to public health, we regret to announce that our popular bee health awareness days, talks, education program and any other engagement activities carried out by the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate are cancelled until further notice.
  • Bee Health Inspections are considered essential activity within Scottish Government; however, we have uncertainty about what we will be able to deliver based on restrictions and health advice for our bee inspectors and beekeepers. It is therefore more important than ever that the beekeeping community, both hobbyist and commercials, take responsibility for the health of their bees by ensuring good management and bio-security practices.

  •  Any suspicions of notifiable diseases or pests must continue to be reported on the usual manner through the

  • We would like to suggest to local beekeeping associations that they consider how they can support those confined or unable to attend their bees at this difficult time for all of us.
  • Scottish Government is working with England and Wales in producing guidance and advice on Covid-19 impact on beekeeping. This will be published in the next coming days.

From the Scottish Bee Health Team, we hope you are all well and keeping safe! Please follow the Government’s guidance which is for the safety and well-being of all of us.

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