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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.

SBA Skep Workshop Sat 30th April 2022


Please text Alan Riach on 07702436612 or phone to check availability both before purchasing or applying on a Workshop application form which can be downloaded from the web site

A one day course on skep making will be held at Portmoak Village Hall, Main St, Scotlandwell, Fife. KY13 9HY on Saturday 30th April 2022 starting 10am.

Course tutor will be Bryce Reynard (InvernessBKA). Materials will be supplied and by the end of the day you should be well on the way to having a “swarm collection quality” skep finished.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but bring a packed lunch.

The workshop is limited to 8 participants. Preference will be given to SBA members with current individual membership. If places are available non-members will be accepted at a £20 surcharge.

The course fee is £55 –members , £75 –non members.if you wish to attend, check for availability by e-mailing or text or phone on 07702436612

There is now a Skep competition class at the Highland Show -“Skep suitable for Swarm Collection, Outside Diameter 30cm to 40cm, Height 25cm to 35cm, made by the exhibitor in straw or wild grasses and any suitable binding material”


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