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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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October 19, 2011
How do I find out who my local Bee Inspector is?

Contact details for all the Bee Inspectors can be found here.
A facility to locate your nearest inspector using your postcode can be found further down the contacts page.

Seasonal Bee Inspectors work from April - September only.
Regional Bee Inspectors can be contacted all year round or in the absence of the Seasonal Bee Inspector. A map of how the NBU regions are divided can be found here.

October 19, 2011
I am a member of my local and national beekeeping association, am I automatically registered on BeeBase?

No, it is a common misconception that if you are a member of a local or national beekeeping association you will automatically be registered on BeeBase. In the majority of circumstances this is not the case and you should sign up seperately using the below link.

Sign up to BeeBase now!


October 20, 2011
What is an Asian hornet?

The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) is a large wasp that comes from the Far East – China, India and Korea.  It is slightly smaller than our native European hornet.  Please note that it should not be confused with the giant hornet of Japan.  You can read more about the Asian hornet, and how to distinguish it from the native European species Vespa crabro here and here.


October 20, 2011
Why is the Asian hornet a problem?

The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is a voracious predator of honey bees capable of wiping out individual bee hives.  It also can kill a range of native species of insects such as bumble bees, flies and spiders. With our honey bees and other pollinators already under pressure having an additional predator would not be welcome.  You can read more about the risks posed by the Asian hornet in recent articles in BeeCraft Magazine (September and October 2011).  The full GB Non Native Species Risk Assessment for Vespa velutina, the Asian hornet, can be viewed here.


October 19, 2011
How do I edit my details using my secure access?

Log in to view your beekeeping record details using the facility at the top right of the website home page (Problems logging in?)

This will direct you to a welcome page with an index to the left of the page featuring both apiary and personal detail tabs.

To update apiary details:
- Select the 'My Apiaries' option; this will display an overview of the different apiary details we hold for you. Apiaries appear in alphabetical ordered tabs below your ID number with a maximum of 6 on any one page. To move pages, please use the selection below the apiary details.

- To add a new apiary please click the green ‘cross’ icon to the right of your ID No., at the top of the page.
Complete the relevant mandatory fields. Map references can be obtained using Streepmap, once you have your apiary location centered on the map (either by postcode or general location) select the 'convert coordinates' option below the map. The coordinate we require is the LR reference. Select the 'floppy disc' icon at the top of the page to save your data.

Currently beekeepers are not permitted to remove apiaries from BeeBase as this can ultimately remove inspection data held for them. If there are no longer bees kept at the site you can mark an apiary 'non-current' by editing it (see below). However, if bees were never kept at the site and no historic information is listed for it, you can contact the NBU office to remove the apiary.

- To edit apiary details select the 'pencil icon', this will allow you to edit information including colony numbers. To save any changed data click the floppy disc icon at the top of the page.

- The three tabs 'View my inspections by colony', 'View my inspections by date' and 'Add a new inspection' all relate to your own personal beekeeping records NOT NBU inspection data. These tabs will remain empty until you use the facility.

Inspection data collected during a visit from an official inspector is held within the 'NBU records' tab. This includes any results from samples sent in to the NBU laboratory.

- To add a new inspection record please use the 'add new inspection' tab and use the drop down menus to select your required fields.

Personal Details
Similarly in the 'My Personal Details' section, selecting the pencil icon will allow you to edit your details and the floppy disc icon will save any updated information.

N.B. If you hover over an icon with your mouse, a note will come up to say what its functionality is.