Please find updated Covid-19 beekeeping guidance with official logos for England, Wales and Scotland. The updated guidance has an amended paragraph which reads:
There are currently no restrictions on movements of bee colonies that you are managing, such as moving bees to fulfil pollination contracts. However, you should observe the public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when carrying out these activities, including the guidance on social distancing and essential travel.
Please see the below guidance from the bee health policy teams in England, Wales and Scotland regarding beekeeping during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any queries please contact:
For England: BeeHealth.Info@defra.gov.uk
For Wales: HoneyBeeHealth@gov.wales / GwenynMelIach@llyw.cymru
For Scotland: Bees_Mailbox@gov.scot
The National Bee Unit currently has a number of Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in the following areas. If you are interested in applying for the job, please use the links below and contact the relevant Regional Bee Inspector for any queries regarding the position.
South East – Kent
North East – East and West Yorkshire
Southern – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Hampshire
Eastern - North Cambridgeshire, South Lincs & West Norfolk
DO YOU IMPORT BEES FROM OUTSIDE THE EU? If so, please read the below factsheet on what you need to do to prepare.
The new Official Controls Regulation (OCR) will apply directly to the UK from 14th December 2019. Please read the OCR Factsheet for further information.
You do not need to register on TRACES NT if you:
• are not responsible for the load and do not raise notifications
• only trade with the EU as you will continue to use TRACES Classic for Live Animals and Animal By Products
Please be aware that we will shortly being upgrading our eLearning platform and as a result any information relating to previously completed training will be lost. We would therefore advise that if you wish to retain a record of your training, that you download this information and any certificates, before the end of February.
The National Bee Unit has a vacancy for a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil area. If you are interested in applying for the job, please follow this link.
If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Frank Gellatly (Regional Bee Inspector for Wales) - 01267 202 732/07775 119 480 - email@example.com
Mae gan Yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol swydd wag ar gyfer Arolygydd Gwenyn Tymhorol (SBI) yn ardalAbertawe, Castell-Nedd Port Talbot, Merthyr Tudful. Os oes gennych ddiddordeb mewn gwneud cais ar gyfer y swydd, dilynwch y ddolen ganlynol.
Os bydd gennych unrhyw gwestiynau ynglyn â'r swydd, cysylltwch â Frank Gellatly (Arolygydd Gwenyn Rhanbarthol Cymru) - 01267 202732 / 07775 119480 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Don’t forget we need you to update your colony records on BeeBase by 31st December. You can do this by clicking this link to update your Hive Count: https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/secure/beekeeper/hiveCensus.cfm
More details of this project, its importance and why we need your help can be found on the Hive Count page of BeeBase.
If you have any further questions, please contact us at Hive.Count@apha.gov.uk
A second Asian Hornet nest was destroyed near Christchurch, Dorset on Friday 11th October. It is likely to be a primary nest, related to the nest destroyed the previous week. Genetic analysis will be carried out to investigate relatedness between the nests.
We continue to ask beekeepers and the general public to remain vigilant and report any suspect sightings using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’, by filling out an online reportform or by emailing email@example.com.
On Friday 4th October a nest was destroyed following the confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet near Christchurch, Dorset after it was reported by a member of the public.
We continue to ask beekeepers and the general public to remain vigilant and report suspect sightings using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’, by filling out an online report form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Further information can be found here.