Pests and Diseases of the Honey Bee

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 a free inspection of your bees. Failure to do so is an offence under the Bee Diseases and Pest Control Order 2006 (as amended), so do not delay. The legislation is quite clear that mere suspicion is enough, so it is better to be safe than sorry, and you will also be protecting your fellow local beekeepers and their bees. The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006 has also been amended by the Bee Diseases and Pests Control Order 2021 which made Varroa reportable at apiary level. For varroa see here >>Beebase

The links down the left and below are to various articles, documentation and websites dealing with the pests and diseases of the honey bee:-


Disclaimer: The material obtained via any of these links including material on this website is provided for general information only and no person should act, or fail to act on the basis of this material without first obtaining professional advice. The NSKBA and all persons acting for NSBKA and or its websites expressly disclaim liability with respect to anything done or not done in reliance on any publications or materials reached via these links.

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