Bee Health


SASA provides laboratory based diagnostic support for Scottish bee inspectors in the identification and control of the statutory bee diseases American Foul Brood, European Foul Brood, Tropilaelaps mites and Small Hive beetle. Suspect samples submitted by Scottish bee inspectors are examined for the presence of these statutory bee diseases, and if found SASA provides support in the implementation of legislation and control of these diseases. View more information about bee health in Scotland and the role of the Scottish bee inspectors.

If you think you need to contact a bee inspector, please email Bees Mailbox with your details.

The Scottish Government published a Honey Bee Health Strategy in July 2010. The aim of this Strategy is to achieve a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Scotland by working with stakeholders with an interest in honey bees. SASA is closely involved in the development and implementation of this ten year action plan.

As part of this action plan, Scottish beekeepers can now sign up to Beebase. This allows beekeepers to register their details free of charge on a secure database and allows them access to an extensive range of information on bee health, including up to date information on the distribution of bee diseases. Knowing the location of Scottish beekeepers will allow us to manage bee diseases more successfully, and improve the health and long term future of the Scottish honey bee.

SASA also provides a diagnostic service on behalf of the Scottish Government to Scottish beekeepers for the presence of Varroa destructor. Samples of hive debris or hive inserts may be sent for diagnosis to "Bee Diseases" at the address in the contact us box on the right of the screen.

See also the Scottish Government's Review into Options for Restocking Honey Bee Colonies in Scotland.