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Bee inspections

Who carries out bee inspections? honey bee

Bee inspections are carried out by Bee Inspectors, who are part of the Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (RPID).

Why do we need to inspect?

Any beekeepers who suspect the presence of a statutory bee disease or pest, AFB, EFB, SHB or Tropilaelaps, have a legal obligation to notify their local Bee Inspector. Our inspection staff will make contact with the beekeeper upon notification and arrangements will be made to visit the apiary.

The legislation that Bee Inspectors are authorised under is The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Order 2007 (the Order) which came into force on 1 December 2007. It revokes and replaces the Bee Diseases Control Order 1982 (S.I. 1982/107) and revokes the Importation of Bees Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/310) where these relate to Scotland.

What do we look for?

Principally the bee inspectors are looking for notifiable pests or diseases. The notifiable pests and diseases are currently:

  • American Foul Brood (AFB)
  • European Foul Brood (EFB)
  • Tropilaelaps
  • Small Hive Beetle (SHB)

At the apiary a thorough inspection will be made and samples may be removed for analysis at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), Edinburgh. Appropriate Notices will be issued preventing removal of potentially contaminated material as well as lifting the Notices when safe to do so.

Bee Inspectors will also be responsible for carrying out recommendations from SASA in relation to treatment or destruction of hives contaminated with European Foul Brood. They will also supervise the destruction of hives contaminated with Foul Brood which cannot be treated and will make follow up inspections to ensure that the infection has been successfully dealt with.

Where can you find out more?

Visit the Rural Payments and Services website to see the latest guidance on bee inspections.