No honey for Infants under 12 months

Honey should never be given to a child under the age of 12 months. Infant botulism, which was first recognized in 1976, is a toxic intestinal infection caused by Clostridium botulinum spores, that produce botulinum toxin leading to botulism poisoning. The infection can occur in early infancy, exactly why is still uncertain but possibly because the microflora of the infants intestines are still immature.

Although infant botulism is incredibly rare (only 49 cases have been observed in Europe since 1976) and many cases not being honey related, it is a serious illness that can cause muscle weakness and breathing problems requiring hospital treatment.The Clostridium botulinum spores occur naturally in the environment in soil and dust and they are usually harmless to adults and children over 1 year old.

Clostridium botulinum spores have been detected in honey sold in the United States (up to 10% of the tested samples), Japan (8.5%), Brazil (7.5%) and Italy (6.5%)

The Association's apiary in North Shropshire


The Association maintains an apiary at an organic farm in North Shropshire. We hold regular meetings at the apiary during the summer, where members old and new can gain experience in handling bees.

Our Vision

visionWe encourage and develop
the art and science of bee keeping

visionWe strive to educate
Through group meetings, practical out apiary events and educational support 


The North Shropshire Beekeepers' Association - to encourage and develop the art and science of bee keeping