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Healthy Bees Plan

Protecting and improving the health of honey bees in England and Wales

Protecting and improving the health of honey bees in England and Wales


The Healthy Bees Plan was published by Defra and the Welsh Government in March 2009 following  consultation with beekeepers and the main Beekeeping Associations. It sets out a plan for Government, beekeepers and other stakeholders to work together to respond effectively to pest and disease threats and to put in place programmes to ensure a sustainable and productive future for beekeeping In England and Wales.

The NBU will be in the forefront of delivering the five key objectives of the plan.

To view the Healthy Bees Plan, click here

A copy of the 'Beekeeping Essentials' leaflet published by the Healthy Bees Plan can be found here.

Healthy Bees Plan - Quarterly Newsletters

Healthy Bees Plan Quarterly Newsletters on progress with implementing the Plan is now available. To view the newsletters click here:

Bee Health Programme

Bee Health Programme

In 2009 Hilary Benn, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, announced new resources for the Bee Health Programme to fund the implementation of the Healthy Bees Plan.

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