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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.


Graeme Sharpe

Beekeeping Advisor

John Niven Building, Auchincruive Estate, Ayr KA6 5HW

t: +44(0)1292 525375

e: Graeme Sharpe

Scottish Government - Honey Bee Health

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 

Honey Production Around the World

National & International Associations:

Isle of Man Beekeepers Federation

The Federation is affiliated to the BBKA and is comprised of three local area associations:

Southern District Beekeepers Association
Western Beekeepers Association
Ramsey and District Beekeepers Association

    The Isle of Man Beekeepers Federation

    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.

    INI Beekeepers

    The Scottish Native Honey Bee Society (SNHBS) is a charity which is registered in Scotland with OSCR. Their aims are :

    • To encourage beekeeping using Scottish native honey bees and promote their reinstatement within Scotland
    • To share skills in assessment, breeding and propagation of native and local honey bees
    • To promote the qualities of native honey bees to beekeepers
    • To promote the conservation of native honey bees to the public and work towards positive actions for conservation
    • To encourage scientific research that clarifies the conservation, improvement and health of native honey bees


    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)

    Ohio State Beekeepers Association

    The Honey Association

    The London Beekeepers' Association

    The London Beekeepers' Association (LBKA) is a volunteer-run members' organisation and Registered Charity 


    Local Associations:

    Ayr & District Beekeepers Association

    Has been in existence since about 1917 and is comprised predominantly of beekeepers residing in South, East an North Ayrshire.

    Ayr & District Beekeepers Association 

    Borders Beekeepers Association 


    • To promote beekeeping in The Scottish Borders

    • To support teaching and learning about honey bees in The Scottish Borders

    Border Beekeepers Association

    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.

    East Lothian Beekeepers' Association

    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:

    • to enjoin and encourage all who are interested in apiculture
    • to arrange educational facilities through the promotion of lectures and discussions
    • to provide practical demonstrations and exhibitions of beekeeping and honey production


    GDBA Secretary

    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.

    Moray Beekeepers' Association

    Peeblesshire Beekeepers Association 

    Established 1919

    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.

    South of Scotland Beekeepers Association 

    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.

    West Linton and District Beekeepers' Association



    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.

    American Bee Journal

    Bee Culture

    Brings you new ideas for keeping bees. Monthly. Enjoy and profit from your bees.

    Bee Culture

    Bee Farmer

    Magazine of the Bee Farmers' Association focused on professional beekeeping interests.

    Bee Farmer


    The journal of the Devon Beekeepers' Association.


    Bees For Development Journal

    The journal for sustainable beekeeping.

    Bees For Development Journal


    National Beekeeping Suppliers:

    aa labels

    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.

    aa labels

    Other Useful Links:


    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.

    Bumblebee Conservation


    is the national society dedicated to studying and recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland. 


    Dave Cushman

    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.

    Dave Cushman 


    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


    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 Apiarist 

    The Highland Biological Recording Group

    Dedicated to recording Highland wildlife. Here you will find a list of all Scottish aculeates.

    The Highland Biological Recording Group

    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 Norfolk Honey Company - Stewart's Beekeeping Basics

    The Walrus and the Honeybee

    Steve Donohoe, Author of "Interviews with Beekeepers"

    The Walrus and the Honeybee

    Randy Oliver

    Beekeeping through the eyes of a Biologist (American)

    Scientific Beekeeping

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