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Bee Craft
  • Semmence, N. Parker, J. (2018) The National Bee Unit's Beekeeper Education Programme; (pdf)
  • Fouracre, D. (2018) Mapping and Modelling the Asian Hornet in the UK; (pdf)
  • Morgan, K. (2018) The Disease Assurance Scheme for Honeybees (DASH) update; (pdf)
  • Learner, J., Semmence, N (2018) Small hive beetle update. The Italian situation and contingency exercise; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2017) Hive Count reminder; (pdf)
  • Stainton, K. (2017) Tropilaelaps spp. literature review; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2017) Top 10 pitfalls of the beginner beekeeper; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2017) Be afraid; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2017) Imports and exports; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2017) The Hive Count and BeeBase; (pdf)
  • Stainton, K. (2017) A passion for insects; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2016) Asian Hornet identified in Gloucestershire; (pdf)
  • Budge, G., Stainton, K.(2016)The history and biology of a honeybee disease Chronic Bee Paralysis; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2016) The need to change comb; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2016) A follow up to the Hive Count, a big thank you; (pdf)
  • Roberts, K., Learner, J. (2015) SmartBees update: season one; (pdf)
  • Cuthbertson, A.G.S., et al (2015) Nematodes versus Small hive beetle; (pdf)
  • Roberts, k., Learner, J., May (2015) Sustainable Management of Resilient Bee Populations: Smart Bees; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Brown, M., et al (2015) A new National Bee Unit structure; (pdf)
  • Learner, J., Cierniak, D., Gellatly, F. (2014) Spring preparation; (pdf)
  • Learner, J., Brown, M. (2014) The Small hive beetle; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2014) The legality of veterinary medicines and record keeping; (pdf)
  • Thompson, P., O'Keefe, M., Ridsdale, J. (2014) EU Animal Health Regulations; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2014) Husbandry advice for beekeepers, managing Varroa;(pdf)
  • Marris, G., Learner, J., Brown, M. (2014) Improving honey bee health; (pdf)
  • Cuthbertson, A., Marris, G., et al (2014) Control of Small hive beetle using nematodes; (pdf)
  • Budge, G., Learner, J. (2013) The sweet truth; honey imports; (pdf)
  • Learner, J., Parker, K. (2013) An overview of material produced by the NBU; advisory information; (pdf
  • Haynes, E. (2013) Tracking infections and differences between countries; distinguishing between EFB outbreaks; (pdf)
  • Flatman, I. (2013) A simple hornet monitoring trap; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Roy, H. (2013) Cases of mistaken identity. The Asian hornet; (pdf)
  • Cuthbertson, A., Mathers, J., et al (2013) Life cycle of the Small hive beetle, Aethina tumida; (pdf)
  • Marris. G., Wattam. A. (2013) Reflections from The National Bee Unit. The 2012 field season; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Brown, B. (2012) EU Pilot Surveillance Programme: Part 2; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Brown, B. (2012) EU Pilot Surveillance Programme: Part 1; (pdf)
  • Jones, B., Marris, G. (2012) Honey bee diagnostics at Fera: Part 2; (pdf)
  • Jones, B., Marris, G. (2012) Honey bee diagnostics at Fera: Part 1; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Brown, M. et al (2012) Contingency planning for the Small hive beetle; (pdf)
  • Budge, G., Brown, M. et al (2012) The Random Apiary Survey (RAS) - Final results; (pdf)
  • Marris, G. (2011) Asian hornet; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Brown, M., et al (2011) Tropilaelaps: an extic threat to UK honey bees; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Cuthbertson, A. GS., et al (2010) Containing the Small hive beetle for research purposes; (pdf)
  • Marris, G. (2010) What makes a great British beekeeper; (pdf)
  • Cierniak, D., Wilford, J. et al (2010) A year in the life of the NBU apiaries: Part 2; (pdf)
  • Cierniak, D., Wilford, J. et al (2010) A year in the life of the NBU apiaries: Part 1; (pdf)
  • Thompson, C., Budge, G., Biesmeijer, J. (2010) Feral Bees in the UK: The Real Story (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Gregory, P. (2010) Training manual for beekeepers in developing countries; (pdf)
  • Brown, M. (2010)The National Bee Unit: Working to protect the honey Bee;
  • Budge, G. (2008) Nosema ceranae; (pdf)
  • Kajobe, R. (2007) Primates harvest bee nests in Ugandan national park; (pdf)
  • Ball, R. (2007) Colony losses: putting it all in perspective; (pdf)
  • Wattam, A. (2007) Contingency planning, Part 2; (pdf) 
  • Wattam, A. (2006) Contingency planning, Part 1; (pdf)
  • Marris, G. (2006) A path fot the Ugandan honey pot; (pdf)
  • Wattam, A. (2006) Winter reflections; (pdf)
  • Waite, R. (2004) The biological control of EFB;
  • Barker, C., Brown, M., Waite, R. (2004) Controlling European Foulbrood;
  • Waite, R., Brown, M. (2003) The National Bee Unit (NBU) field service team;
  • Waite, R., Brown, M. (2003) The Small hive beetle - A serious threat to European beekeeping;
  • Barnett, L. (2002) Pesticide Poisoning of Bees;
  • Waite, R. (2002) Development of resistance in bee pathogens;
  • Spinks, R. (2002) The Hygienic Behaviour Study; (pdf)
  • Spinks, R. (2002) The shook swarm technique - an answer to recurrent foulbrood?
  • Spinks, R. (2001) Update on Research at the National Bee Unit.

British Beekeepers' Association News

  • Stainton, K. (2018) Recent Research on Nosema (pdf)
  • Semmence, N. (2018) Contingency Planning; (pdf)
  • Semmence, N., Parker, J. (2018) The National Bee Unit beekeeper education programme;
  • National Bee Unit and Defra (2018) The Hive Count: Your Response and Future Plans for the Project; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2017) Hive Count reminder;
  • Learner, J. (2017) When an integrated pest management plan goes wrong part 4; (pdf)
  • Gellatly, F., Learner, J. (2017) Reducing mite populations through IPM part 3; (pdf)
  • Learner, J., Molyneux, I., Bonner, D. (2017) Misusing medicines and substance abuse part 2; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2017) Meditating on medicines, part 1; (pdf)
  • Budge, G. (2017) Maximising apicultural investments, British Bee Journal 4: 5-6. (pdf)
  • Burns, N. (2017) Factors affecting European Foulbrood virulence,  British Bee Journal 4: 7;
  • Drew, G. (2017) Friend, foe or free rider: An uncertain honey bee symbiont, British Bee Journal 4: 8;
  • Learner, J. (2017) The hunt is on; (pdf)
  • Budge, G., Stainton, K. (2016) Chronic Bee Paralysis: the history and biology; (pdf)
  • Brown, M., Learner, J. (2016) Small hive beetle distribution; (pdf)
  • Jones, B. (2016) The effect of dietary pollen on the health and behaviour of honey bees; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2016) Making sense of the count; (pdf)
  • Lee, C., Learner, J. (2015) The Great British Non - Native Species Strategy; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2015) An introduction to the NBU new eLearning site; (pdf)
  • Drew, G. (2015) Friend or foe: etablishing the role of Arsenophonus in honey bee health; (pdf)
  • Morrissey, B. (2015) American Foulbrood PhD udate; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2015) Top pitfalls of the novice beekeeper; (pdf)
  • Flatman, I., Jones, S. (2015) Small hive beetle in south west Italy; (pdf)
  • Tomkies, V., Budge, G. (2014) Tracking honey bee disease; (pdf)
  • Shin, R. (2014) Call to action: supporting our pollinators; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2014) Disease Accreditation Scheme for Honey bees (DASH); (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Brown, M. (2014) A European study on honey bee losses; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Brown, M., et al (2014) Improving Honey Bee Health: Responses to the Bee Health Policy Review Update; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2014) Hive Cleaning, Sterilisation and Good Practices for the Hobbyist Beekeeper; (pdf)
  • Haynes, E. (2014) European Foulbrood (EFB) Research; (pdf)
  • Chadwick, K., Holmes, M. (2014) Improving honey bee health: responses to the Bee Health Policy Review; (pdf)
  • Semmence, N. (2013) The life of a Bee Inspector; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2013) Imported bees; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Roy, H. (2013) Asian hornet: cases of mistaken identity; (pdf)
  • Learner, J., The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (2013) The use of authorised and non-authorised veterinary products; (pdf)
  • Learner, J., (2013) Nosema ceranae, a causative agent of Nosemosis in the UK; (pdf)
  • Brown, M., Marris, G., Flatman, I. (2013) Small hive beetle monitoring in England and Wales; (pdf)
  • Parker K. (2013) New eLearning programme for beekeepers; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Flatman, I., Wattam, A., Brown, M., Ball, R. (2013) Buying and selling bees; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Jones, B., Cierniak, D., Wilford, J., Brown, M., Ball, R. (2013) Introducing queens; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Brown, M., Cook, J. (2013) Signing up to BeeBase; (pdf)
  • Wilkins, S., Charlton, A., Marris, G. (2013) The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme; (pdf)
  • The National Bee Unit (2013) Feeding pollen and substitutes; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Brown, B. (2012) Honey bee health in the EU: European Union Pilot Surveillance Programme; (pdf)
  • Haynes, E. (2012) Networking and other challenges of doing a PhD in European Foulbrood; (pdf)
  • National Bee Unit (2012) Feeding bees; (pdf)
  • Flatman, I., Marris, G. (2012) The Sentinel Apiary Programme for England and Wales; (pdf)
  • National Bee Unit (2012) Handling and examining a colony of bees; (pdf)
  • Budge, G., Brown, M., et al (2012) The Random Apiary Survey findings; (pdf)
  • National Bee Unit (2012) Disease recognition; (pdf)
  • Haynes, E. (2012) Biology and spread of European Foulbrood: some preliminary results; (pdf)
  • National Bee Unit (2012) Taking and hiving a swarm; (pdf)
  • The National Bee Unit (2012) Varroa; (pdf)
  • National Bee Unit (2012) Apiary and hive hygiene; (pdf)
  • Semmence, N. (2012) Inspecting alternative hive types; (pdf)
  • Holmes, M. (2011) Healthy Bees Plan news and highlights: update on plans for 2011–2012; (pdf)
  • Marris, G., Ball, R. (2011) Hive cleaning and sterilisation; (pdf)
  • Cuthbertson, A. G. S. (2011) The potential of biological control of Varroa using entomopathogenic fungi;  (pdf)
  • Tropilaelaps: the need to remain vigilant; (pdf)
  • Jones, S. (2011) Feeding bees; (pdf)
  • Thompson, H. (2011) Pesticides and honey bees - the risk assessment process in the EU; (pdf)
  • Jones, B., Wilford, J. et al (2011) Managing bees to maximise honey production; (pdf)
  • Budge, G. (2010) Meet the researchers; (pdf)
  • Wilkins, S. (2005) Safeguarding UK apiculture against the small hive beetle;
  • Cuthbertson, A.G.S. (2005). Research update from the National Bee Unit. British beekeeping association newsletter;
  • Waite, R. (2003) Mites beehiving badly;
  • Waite, R. (2003) Thinking about sending a sample of bees to the NBU? A few tips;
  • Waite, R., Robinson, L. (2002) The Small hive beetle found in Australia. Prevention of residues in honey, Celle 2002. PhD student research update. Answers to queries on AFB and Varroa;
  • Waite, R. (2002) The new NBU Varroa model;
  • Waite, R. (2002) Testing for resistant Varroa. Worried about residues in wax?;
  • Spinks, R. (2002) Current research at the National Bee Unit;
  • Waite, R. (2002) Rogues Gallery (Exotic pests of bees);
  • Waite, R., Robinson, L. (2002) News from the National Bee Unit: the HortLINK P.l.p. project. New student for the BBKA studentship. The shook swarm technique - What is it and does it work?;
  • Martin, S. (1997) The Varroa model;


Bee Farmers Association

  • Beattie, K. (2018) Queen rearing working group; (pdf)
  • Wakefield, M., Jones, E. (2018) Asian Hornet analysis; (pdf)
  • Parker, J., Learner, J., Semmence, N., (2018) Importing honey bees; (pdf)
  • Stainton, K. (2017) Cell lines - A reductionists approach to honey bee biology; (pdf)
  • Stainton, K. (2017) Tropilaelaps, are we at risk? (pdf)
  • Budge, G. (2017) Chronic Bee Paralysis: past, present and future; (pdf)
  • Parker, J. (2017) National Bee Unit staffing changes;
  • Learner, J., Semmence, N. (2017) The hunt is on; (pdf)
  • Learner, J. (2016) Hygiene and barrier management; (pdf)
  • Jones, B. (2016) The effect of dietary pollen on the health and behaviour of honey bees; (pdf
  • Learner, J. (2016) The arrival of the asian hornet; (pdf)
  • Morgan, K. (2016) Bee health professional development; (pdf)
  • Roberts, K., Learner, J. (2016) A SmartBees update: season one; (pdf)
  • Morgan, K., Learner, J. (2015) Disease Accreditation Scheme for Honeybees; (pdf)
  • Brown, M., Learner, J. (2015) Importing bees; (pdf)




Welsh Beekeepers' Association News

Please see the Welsh Beekeepers Association website for more information or see below for examples of recent NBU articles:

  • Learner, J., Gelatly, F. (2016) Hunting The Asian Hornet; (pdf)
  • Gelatly, F. (2016) Disease Recognition Comb Workshops; (pdf)
  • Shaw, W., Gelatly, F. (2016) How To Conduct A Post Mortem On A Dead Hive; (pdf)
  • Gelatly, F., Budge, G., Jones, B. (2015) European Foulbrood - the National Bee Unit Perspective; (pdf)
  • Gelatly, F. (2015) Varroa: To Treat Or Not To Treat? (pdf)
  • Gelatly, F. (2010) WBKA News Article, BeeBase, A Free Online Resource For Beekeepers.




Other Press

  • Brown, M.A. (2004) So you want to keep bees? Bee World 85: 65-66;
  • Cuthbertson, A.G.S., Brown, M.A. (2007) Honey bees essential for crop pollination in Farming Life, pp 30. (PDF)
  • Vanbergen, A.J and the Insect Pollinators Initiative (2013) Threats to an ecosystem service: pressures on pollinators.' The Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (PDF)



Biodiversity News

  • Cuthbertson, A.G.S. & Marris, G. (2011). Honey bees: essential for pollination. Biodiversity News, 52: 16-17; (PDF)
  • Cuthbertson, A.G.S. & Brown, M.A. (2006). The value of the honey bee and the need for it to be protected. Biodiversity News, 35: 14-15; (PDF)




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