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Welcome to BeeBase

BeeBase is the Fera National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and supports Defra, WAG and Scotland's Bee Health Programmes and the Healthy Bees Plan, which set out to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks.

Our website provides a wide range of free information for beekeepers, to help keep their honey bees healthy and productive.

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

Latest NBU news

April 2014 - Latest Job Vacancies at Fera

If you are interested in working for the National Bee Unit or for The Food and Environment Research Agency, please click here to view the latest vacancies.

Easter Bank Holiday Period

Please be aware the NBU office will be unmanned over the Easter Bank Holiday Period. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.Kind Regard .....


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?