The National Bee Unit is the part of The Animal and Plant Health Agency which supports the beekeeping industry. Phone 0300 303 0094   Email   nbu@apha.gsi.gov.uk

Beekeepers who register with the NBU will be informed of serious disease outbreaks in their area. Their web site, BeeBase, has much useful information: their publications page has very good Advisory Leaflets, Best Practice Guidelines and Factsheets. There is also a photo gallery which includes good images of pests and diseases.

The NBU provide a testing service for all types of bee diseases and a sample submission form can be downloaded from their web site. The testing is chargeable unless submitted by a Bee Inspector. 

The Regional Bee Inspectors for our area, who should be contacted if you suspect you have a notifiable disease at your apiary, are:

– for the West of England:   Joanna Schup.   Phone 01948 667571 or 07979 119368  Email   joanna.schup@apha.gsi.gov.uk

– for Monmouthshire:   Francis Gellatly.  Phone 01559 650663 or 07775 119480  Email   francis.gellatly@apha.gsi.gov.uk  

The Seasonal Bee Inspector (available from 1st April to 30th September) for the Forest of Dean and Herefordshire is Colin Pavey.   Phone 07775 119471  Email   colin.pavey@apha.gsi.gov.uk