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Is the Animal and Plant Health Agency's (APHA) National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and it supports Scotland's Bee Health Programme which sets out to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks. It incorporates all the apicultural information relating to the statutory bee health programme in England and Wales and since 2010 the Scottish programme. There are interactive maps, details of current research areas and advisory leaflets. Registered users can view their own apiary records, diagnostic histories and details.
SAC Consulting - Bee Health
SAC delivers education, training and knowledge transfer on behalf of the Scottish Government to meet the outcomes of the Honey Bee Health Strategy for Scotland. The main aim of the strategy is to achieve a sustainable and healthy population of Honey Bees.
John Niven Building, Auchincruive Estate, Ayr KA6 5HW
t: +44(0)1292 525375
Scottish Government - Honey Bee Health
Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
FAO is an intergovernment organisation present in over 130 countries. It has one mission:
A world free from hunger and malnutrition
where food and agriculture contributes to improving the living standards of all.
17,000+ articles on Honey are to be found on the FAO Website
National Honey Monitoring Scheme
Working in partnership with UK beekeepers, the National Honey Monitoring Scheme aims to use honeybees to monitor long-term changes in the condition and health of the UK countryside. However, they need the help of beekeepers if the scheme is to work.
National & International Associations:
Apiculture New Zealand
Is the peak body representing the New Zealand apiculture industry
Bee Farmers Association
The Bee Farmers’ Association is the voice of professional beekeeping in the United Kingdom (UK). As the industry trade association, it currently represents around 450 bee farming businesses ...
British Bee Veterinary Association
Isle of Man Beekeepers Federation
The Federation is affiliated to the BBKA and is comprised of three local area associations:
The Scottish Beekeepers' Association (SBA)
Supporting Scottish Bees and Beekeepers. Founded in 1912 as the national beekeeping body for Scotland to represent, educate, assist, inform, insure and bring together over 1,500 beekeepers in Scotland.
The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA)
Founded in 1874 with a 25,000 strong membership, the BBKA represents the views of beekeepers all over the UK.
The Central Association of Beekeepers
Enables beekeepers, bee scientists and others interested in bees to keep in touch with the latest research and ideas about bees and related topics. Acting as a bridge between the beekeeper and the scientist.
Welsh Beekeepers' Association
A national support organisation for beekeepers' in Wales
Ulster Beekeepers Association
Formed in 1942, an Association of affiliated local Beekeeping Associations in Northern Ireland
The Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers
The Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers is a charitable organisation. It has a deep commitment to educating and informing the public about beekeeping. Each year the INIB runs a programme of events to help inform and educate people about honeybees and about the craft of beekeeping.
The highlight of the INIB calendar is the Annual Conference and Honey Show. In hosting the conference and other beekeeping related events, the INIB seeks to improve the knowledge of and standards of beekeeping in Northern Ireland.
The INIB’s annual programme is directed at the growing number of people who are interested in honeybees, beekeeping and the role these fascinating little insects have to play in our wider environment. Honeybees and other pollinating insects are under continued and varied threat. The INIB works to inform people how they can help preserve these important insects.
The Scottish Native Honey Bee Society (SNHBS) is a charity which is registered in Scotland with OSCR. Their aims are :
International Bee Research Association
The International Bee Research Association (IBRA) promotes the value of bees by providing information on bee science and beekeeping worldwide.
The Journal of Apicultural Research is published on behalf of IBRA. Access the website Here
Ohio State Beekeepers Association
A web based Introductory Beekeeping Training Programme (34 video segments plus powerpoint presentations)
The London Beekeepers' Association
The London Beekeepers' Association (LBKA) is a volunteer-run members' organisation and Registered Charity
Somerset Beekeepers' Association
Est 1906 to support Somerset's honeybees and beekeepers
Ayr & District Beekeepers Association
Has been in existence since about 1917 and is comprised predominantly of beekeepers residing in South, East an North Ayrshire.
Borders Beekeepers Association
To promote beekeeping in The Scottish Borders
To support teaching and learning about honey bees in The Scottish Borders
Dingwall & District Beekeepers' Association
A small group of amateur beekeepers based in the Dingwall area but serving the Black Isle northwards to Evanton/Alness in the east and westwards to the West Coast of Ross-shire.
East Lothian Beekeepers' Association
Oldest Beekeeping Association in Scotland
The Association seeks to encourage and promote beekeeping by bringing novice and experienced beekeepers together. In the summer months we visit members' apiaries to learn from each others' methods. In addition, a small number of hives are run as an Association apiary to provide a teaching resource.
Easter Ross Beekeepers
Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers' Association
The Edinburgh & Midlothian Beekeepers' Association is one of the oldest Beekeeping Associations in Scotland, dating back to 1894.
Glasgow and District Beekeepers' Association
The aims of the association are:
Moray Beekeepers Association
Was established in 1919. A growing number of mostly amateur beekeepers located in North East Scotland, with the association being based in Moray.
Peeblesshire Beekeepers Association
South of Scotland Beekeepers Association
Based in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. Members come from as far as Langholm in the East to Newton Stewart in the West. The association has around 120 members.
West Linton and District Beekeepers Association
Formed in 1950 by four local West Linton beekeepers, though beekeeping in the village had been practiced for much longer as the bee boles in St Andrews Church Yard evidence, and bees were previously kept on the Upper Green.
A small and friendly beekeepers' association based in West Linton and the surrounding countryside of the Scottish Borders, Midlothian, Lanarkshire, and Peeblesshire. New members are always welcome. Members are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and passion. Their interests are broad and they enjoy keeping bees for different reasons, whether it be enjoying the honey produced, seeing the colonies thrive, or simply enjoying the the company of fellow beekeepers.
The Informed Voice of British Beekeeping - Your Apimondia Medal Winning Bee Magazine - The Official Journal of the British Beekeepers' Association.
Editor : Claire Waring
Deputy Editors: Stephen Fleming & Richard Rickitt
American Bee Journal
The American Bee Journal was established in 186. The journal has the honour of being the oldest English language beekeeping publication in the world.
Brings you new ideas for keeping bees. Monthly. Enjoy and profit from your bees.
Magazine of the Bee Farmers' Association focused on professional beekeeping interests.
The journal of the Devon Beekeepers' Association.
Bees For Development Journal
The journal for sustainable beekeeping.
Journal of Apiculture New Zealand
National Beekeeping Suppliers:
Specialise in the production of labels in both roll and sheet formats, along with printing services using state-of-the-art HP digital print technology.
The online shop is full of beekeeping and candlemaking equipment for the new or experienced beekeeper.
They have been manufacturing beekeeping equipment for over 100 years and are justifiably proud of the quality of their products and the service they offer.
Other Useful Links:
Connecting beekeepers and farmers
A Voluntary Initiative, supported by the Crop Protection Association. Bee Connected aims to help the communication between beekeepers and farmers.
Beekeeping in Australia
The definitive guide for absolute beginners
Certified Scottish Beemaster Ann Chilcott shares her knowledge of honey bees, though articles, scientific references, photographs and personal experience of beekeeping... Where learning from the honeybee is key.
The only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates including bees
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Support the conservation of all bumblebees, rare or abundant.
is the national society dedicated to studying and recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland.
Dave Cushman's website is a huge resource that is considered by many to be the world's most comprehensive and authoritative beekeeping website. Dave was disabled in his latter years, with limited physical ability. He spent much of his time finding or writing material for this resource. He was rightly proud of it. Dave passed away on 22nd February 2011 and Roger Patterson is continuing to maintain it according to his wishes.
Undertakes research and is a leading source of advice on the conservation of bees, wasps, ants and other invertebrates in the British Isles. Registered in England No. 5761114 Registered Charity No. 1124636
Moray Beekeeping Dinosaurs
Moray Beekeeping Dinosaurs are an informal, virtual and diverse group of beekeepers. With no committee, no governors, no assets and they have but one common aim and that is to promote beekeeping and the welfare of the honey bee without an excess of red tape and other items being introduced into Beekeeping Associations.
National Botanic Garden of Wales
Planting for pollinators
The Apiarist - Beekeeping, so much more than honey
David Evans is a Beekeeper in Fife and Professor of Virology in the School of Biology and Director of the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex, University of St. Andrews. His research interests include the replication and evolution of important human and animal viral pathogens including poliovirus and both deformed wing virus and chronic bee paralysis virus of honeybees.
The Barefoot Beekeeper
Practical, balanced, natural beekeeping in top bar hives
The Highland Biological Recording Group
Dedicated to recording Highland wildlife. Here you will find a list of all Scottish aculeates.
Stewart's Beekeeping Basics - The Norfolk Honey Company
Here you will find a wide range of videos suitable for people thinking about getting started in beekeeping. 15,000+ subscribers
The Walrus and the Honeybee
Steve Donohoe, Author of "Interviews with Beekeepers"
Beekeeping through the eyes of a Biologist (American)
Roger Patterson's Honey Recipes
The purpose of this site is to provide a source of recipes using honey that will appeal to both beekeepers and non-beekeepers worldwide.
The site has been designed with simplicity in mind. This site will be changing and developing frequently and the visitor is advised to check on a regular basis. It has a policy of continuous improvement
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The Association is a Scottish Charitable Organisation (SCO)
Newbattle Beekeepers Association is affiliated to the Scottish Beekeepers' Association (SBA)