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The National Bee Unit

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The National Bee Unit delivers the Bee Health Programmes on behalf of Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) in England & Wales. Our function is to protect the honeybee, an essential pollinator of crops and wild plants, from threats such as serious disease and environmental damage. We do this using an integrated programme of apiary inspections, diagnosis, research and development, training and extension provided by a team of bee scientists and experienced practical beekeepers. We provide specialist advice and technical consultancy services on bee health to government departments, beekeepers and industry.

Click here to download the NBU Brochure [pdf-482k]

The aim of the Unit’s programme is to assist industry to become more self sufficient in dealing with endemic diseases and pests, allowing government resources to be deployed more effectively towards dealing with emerging exotic threats, and the development of necessary contingencies, that are presented by increasing global trade coupled with climate change. The Team is responsible for:


For more details on any of the above, please contact .

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