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Bee health information

Here are links to information on Bee health websites and information on healthy bee programmes worldwide.

UK Gov

The UK Government Bee Health guide aims to help farmers and beekeepers to understand the importance of bees to farming and the environment, and how to safeguard and protect bees and other pollinators.

It outlines threats to bees from pests, diseases and environmental factors and explains what to do if you find signs of disease in your bee colonies. It describes the advice and support that the National Bee Unit (NBU) offers beekeepers, including its online BeeBase service and its Healthy Bees Plan. The guide also explains regulations that apply to the import and export of bees.

The NBU is part of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).


The European Food Safety Authority – Beekeeping is an ancient tradition, and honey bees have been kept in Europe for several millennia. Bees are critically important in the environment, sustaining biodiversity by providing essential pollination for a wide range of crops and wild plants. They contribute to human wealth and wellbeing directly through the production of honey and other food and feed supplies such as: pollen, wax for food processing, propolis in food technology, and royal jelly as a dietary supplement and ingredient in food.


AFBI provides scientific and laboratory support to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Developments (DARD) bee health inspectorate. This includes identification and diagnosis of the following pests and diseases, American and European foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae and Melissococcus plutonius) (notifiable diseases) Varroa mite (Varroa destructor). This parasitic mite was first detected in the UK in 1992 and Northern Ireland in 2002. Varroa is no longer a statutory pest and therefore no inspections are carried out specifically for it. Nevertheless due to its impact on the industry, this parasite’s prevalence and management remain an integral aspect of bee health strategies.


The U.S Pollinator Partnership – For nearly two decades, the Pollinator Partnership has worked for the protection and health of all pollinating species. Our initiatives promote healthy forage and the elimination of the effects of all chemicals on pollinators. Our giving policy states that “No gift will ever influence P2’s positions, actions or partnerships.” Our policies are based on the best science available, on strategic plans designed to protect pollinator health, and on the goal of behavior change to support agricultural and ecological stability. We have a track record of transparency, integrity and collaborative success.


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