The National Bee Unit is the part of The Animal and Plant Health Agency which supports the beekeeping industry:

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

– for Gloucestershire (excl Wye Valley):  Elizabeth Gardner elizabeth.gardner@apha.gov.uk Mobile No: 07867 351610

– for Monmouthshire: Adam Parker adam.parker@apha.gov.uk Mobile No: 07990 138902

– for Forest of Dean and Herefordshire: Jonathan Axe jonathan.axe@apha.gov.uk Mobile No: 07867 151641

The Regional Bee Inspectors for our area, who should be contacted outside of the beekeeping season, are:

– for Western: Colin Pavey colin.pavey@apha.gov.uk Mobile No: 07775 119471

– for Wales: Francis Gellatly francis.gellatly@apha.gov.uk Mobile No: 07775 119480 

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