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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.

 
Highland Show Volunteers Please

Last Call for Volunteers!
Do you love to talk about bees, honeybees and beekeeping? Then why not volunteer to be a steward at this year's Royal Highland Show on the 23rd to 26th of June at Ingliston, Edinburgh.
You will be able to spend the day engaging with our Honey Tent visitors, meeting up with fellow beekeepers from across Scotland and possibly learning a new thing or two!
The closing date to register your interest in volunteering at this year's show is next Friday, the 13th of May.
So if you'd like to come along and join in the fun, please email Fiona detailing the days you can make rhsstewards@scottishbeekeepers.org.uk by the 13th*
Many thanks to all who have already volunteered to be part of this wonderful event, it is greatly appreciated.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in June.
 

*Fiona will come back to all volunteers in early June with further details

 

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