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January 2016 - Bee Health Senior Scientist Job

Fera Science Ltd is now recruiting for a Senior Scientist in Bee Health within the National Bee Unit.

Visit  for more information and details on how to apply.

January 2016 - National Hive Count

The NBU are asking for your help in updating your BeeBase records of the number of overwintering beehives as of 1st November 2015.

Please update your records by 12th February 2016. We are asking you to do this as part of a pilot study for an annual National Beehive Count which we will launch from the winter of 2016 onwards. The National Beehive Count is aimed at improving our understanding of our honey bee population – how many there are and how healthy they are. This fits in with the aims of pollinator and bee health strategies across the UK.

The information we gather will also be used by the EU Commission to assess the size of honeybee populations across the EU. The EU provides financial aid to Member States in support of their beekeeping sectors. We are required to submit estimates on the numbers of beekeepers and beehives in the UK in order to continue to receive our share of funding from the EU Apiculture Programme from 2020 onwards.

More details of this project, its importance and why we need your help can be found on the Hive Count Page:

From this page you will have access to the Hive Count FAQ which will outline some of the process you may have to go through in order to update your colony numbers, such as, requesting a new password or login details.

Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

National Bee Unit

January 2016 - New Regional Bee Inspector For National Bee Unit South Eastern England Region

Following the recent promotion of Regional Bee Inspector (RBI) Nigel Semmence to the Post of Contingency Planning and Science Officer at the National Bee Unit, and the movement of RBI Julian Parker to take over managerial responsibility for the Southern England Region, I am pleased to announce that Diane Steele has been appointed as the new RBI for the South East of England which is comprised of Greater London, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex. (Buckinghamshire has now been moved back to its previous place within Southern Region).

Many beekeepers in the South East of England will know Diane who worked for the last seven years as a Seasonal Bee Inspector in East and West Sussex and also at times in Surrey. She lives in Middleton On Sea near Bognor Regis and in addition to Beekeeping enjoys Travelling, Yoga, Gardening and is also a keen photographer.

Diane’s training for the role commenced in Early January 2016 as part of an ongoing development programme.

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