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Healthy Bees Plan 2030

Working together to improve honey bee health and husbandry in England & Wales



Defra and Welsh Government worked with stakeholders to develop the Healthy Bees Plan 2030. (Welsh Version)

The plan focusses on achieving four key outcomes:

1. Effective biosecurity and good standards of husbandry, to minimise pest and disease risks and so improve the sustainability of honey bee populations

2. Enhanced skills and production capability/capacity of beekeepers and bee farmers

3. Sound science and evidence underpinning the actions taken to support bee health

4. Increased opportunities for knowledge exchange and partnership working on bee health and wider pollinator needs

The NBU and other key stakeholders from the Bee Health Advisory Forum who have helped to develop the plan will be in the forefront of delivering its four key outcomes. These stakeholders include the British Beekeepers Association, Welsh Beekeepers’ Association, Bee Farmers’ Association, National Farmers’ Union, National Diploma in Beekeeping and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

The plan was developed in parallel with a review of the last 10 years under the original Healthy Bees Plan.

To view the Healthy Bees Plan Review click here  (Welsh Version). 

The original plan was published by Defra and Welsh Government in March 2009 and can be viewed here.

The policies carried out under the Bee Health Programme were reviewed and consulted on in 2013 and proposed changes were published here


Bee Health Programme

Bee Health Programme

 For more information on Bee Health please see the link below to the Defra website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/latest/2009/animal-0121.htm




updated 03/11/2020