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Beekeeping - how to get started and become a Beekeeper

Have you always wanted to become a beekeeper but didn't know how to get started? Well, hopefully the BeeBase website will give you the information that helps you decide whether beekeeping is for you. Some areas of BeeBase that new beekeepers have found useful include:

Register as a new beekeeper

As a beekeeper in England, Scotland or Wales, if you register on BeeBase you can:

  • Request a free apiary visit from your local bee inspector;
  • Be alerted to pest and disease problems in your area;
  • Have secure access to your own (and only your own) inspection history and apiary information, via the web;
  • Find out about beekeeping training events near you;
  • All these services are free of charge.

BeeBase - an information resource for beekeepers and the beekeeping industry

BeeBase is a sophisticated IT system that supports the bee health programmes of England, Scotland and Wales. It is important to be able to visit every apiary within an area of confirmed disease, so it is vital to have beekeepers' apiaries logged onto BeeBase, to make sure that no potentially infected and/or at risk colonies are being missed. BeeBase provides information on the activities of the NBU, legislation, honey bee pest and disease recognition and control, interactive maps, current research areas, and lots of helpful contacts. Many beekeepers find this an extremely useful resource.