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Scotland's New Honey Bee Health Strategy For 2022-2032

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The Strategy was published on the 30th of June, and has been developed in conjunction with the Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP). It has taken into account the review of the previous strategy and the results of the recent Scottish Government honey bee health survey. To download the Strategy please click here or on the image above.

Its main aim is “Working in partnership to achieve a healthy and sustainable population of honey bees in Scotland”.

The strategy details five pillars which will outline the ways of working which we will base our actions over the next 10 years:

1.     Education, Training and Knowledge Transfer

2.     Communication and partnership working across government, operational partners, stakeholders and all of those with an interest in honey bees in Scotland

3.     Pest and Disease surveillance, prevention, diagnosis, and control

4.     Research and Development.

5.     On-going review of the regulatory framework

The Strategy will be the overarching document which will be accompanied by an Implementation Plan. This will be a ‘living’ document detailing more specifically the actions which the BHIP will deliver in order to achieve the desired outcomes for honey bee health in Scotland. The Plan will be updated regularly following quarterly BHIP meetings and published on the Scottish Government website on our Bee Health pages.

 Additional background information and previous publications:

·       Scotland’s first 10 year Honey Bee Health Strategy (Published June 2010)

·       Review of the first 10 year strategy (Published October 2021)

·       Honey Bee Heath Strategy Survey Report 2022 (Published March 2022)

Any additional questions should be directed to the Scottish Government’s Bee Health Team at: Bees_mailbox@gov.scot

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