The National Bee Unit is the part of The Animal and Plant Health Agency which supports the beekeeping industry. Phone 0300 303 0094 Email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
– for Monmouthshire: Francis Gellatly. Phone 01559 650663 or 07775 119480 Email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org