What do we mean by bee health?
Bees suffer from many pests and disease but they also require reasonable forage, the weather to collect it, suitable management and a freedom from any damaging effects of pesticides.
In Scotland we have two aspects to our beekeeping which differ from England: some relatively small areas still without the Varroa mite, and large areas without cases of European or American foulbrood.
The Bee Health Officer works with others to help identify the remaining highly sensitive Varroa-free areas, collaborates with our partners in the Scottish Government on bee health, gives talks to local associations and issues alerts when beekeepers need to be made aware of risks to their bees.
Any suspicion of notifiable disease should be reported to: BeesMailbox@scotland.gsi.gov.uk