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Welcome to BeeBase

BeeBase is the Animal and Plant Health Agency's (APHA) National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and supports Defra, Welsh Government and Scotland's Bee Health Programmes. BeeBase supports the aims of Healthy Bees Plan 2030, which focus on protecting and sustaining our valuable national bee stocks.

Our website provides a wide range of apicultural information for beekeepers, to help keep their colonies healthy and productive. It provides a wide range of beekeeping information, such as the activities of the NBU, honey bee related legislation, pests and diseases information which includes their recognition and control, publications, advisory leaflets and key contacts.

We hope both new and experienced beekeepers will find this an extremely useful resource and sign up. Please provide

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on what you think and what you'd like to see on the site. Knowing the distribution of beekeepers and their apiaries across the country helps us to effectively monitor and control the spread of serious honey bee pests and diseases, as well as provide up-to-date information in keeping bees healthy and productive. By telling us who you are you'll be playing a very important part in helping to maintain and sustain honey bees for the future. Joining a Beekeeping Association has many advantages for both new beekepers and the more experienced. You can also look at our Who to Contact page for more information.

Please play your part and help us by signing up to BeeBase here.

Recent NBU news

Bee Health Advisory Forum - Science Advisor

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The National Hive Count 2021

The 2021 Hive Count launches today (2nd November)It is time to update your BeeBase records with the total number of overwintering hives as of 1st Nove .....


information resource for beekeepers

Bee foraging for honey on yellow flower

Sign up to BeeBase

As well as being able to put the details of your bees and apiaries onto BeeBase including inspections information, you may also be able to arrange an apiary visit from your local inspector who can provide the comprehensive help and advice you need. Please bear in mind that inspectors are very busy with a prioritised inspection programme and that it may not be possible to arrange these visits straight away. This workload means that they will usually only arrange a visit if they think it necessary to see the colonies first hand.

We are continually looking at ways we can improve BeeBase and welcome any feedback. Please

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to submit your suggestions.

Advisory leaflets

To assist beekeepers in caring for their colonies, the National Bee Unit have produced advisory leaflets and training manuals.


If you have a question regarding bees or beekeeping, have you checked our NEW FAQ page?