In England and Wales there are two notifiable bee pests, the Small hive beetle and the Tropilaelaps mite, and there are two notifiable bee diseases, American and European foulbrood. If you find signs of a notifiable disease or pest in any of your colonies, you must contact your regional bee inspector or the National Bee Unit (NBU) to request an inspection of your bees. Failure to do so is an offence under the Bee Diseases and Pest Control Order 2006, so do not delay. The Act is quite clear that mere suspicion is enough, so it is better to be safe than sorry, and you are also protecting your fellow beekeepers and their bees.
The following links are to beekeeping related websites with helpfull articles and documentation:-
 Plant Heath Austrailia - Honey bees
[Plant Heath Australia] The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) is the peak honey bee industry body that represents the interests of its member state beekeeping organisations and beekeepers from around Australia.
Beebase [Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) 2013]
Honey bees are classed as a food producing animal and therefore beekeepers must comply with these regulations. Generic substances such as Oxalic acid or self made thymol solutions should not be used and beekeepers are liable for prosecution if traces are found during routine honey sampling. It is important to note that some products available on beekeeping manufacturers websites are not registered medicinal products and although available, should not be used.
Beebase / National Bee Unit
BeeBase is the Animal and Plant Health Agency's (APHA) National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and supports Defra, WAG and Scotland's Bee Health Programmes and the Healthy Bees Plan, which set out to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks
The British Beekeepers Association
The BBKA was set up in 1874 to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment. It is the UK's leading organisation representing beekeepers.
The Scottish Beekeepers Association
The Scottish Beekeepers Association, founded in 1912, is the national beekeeping body for Scotland. We represent our members at national and international level. The association was first registered as a Scottish charity in 1942, and became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) on 9 December 2014.
The Welsh Beekeepers’ Association (WBKA)
We are the Welsh National Beekeeping Association to which the nineteen local Associations within Wales are affiliated. You could, perhaps, see us as a honey bee, the head being the voice of beekeeping in Wales, the thorax being the hub of information and the abdomen the catalyst for action.
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