The April Talk & Bee Health Improvement Partnership Annual Report

The April Talk & Bee Health Improvement Partnership Annual Report

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The last in our winter lecture series was held on Tuesday 2 April when Claire Gill, the Lead Bee Inspector, along with Phil Lamb, the local bee inspector for Dunblane and Stirling area, and Lorraine Johnston, SRUC Bee Advisor, talked on notifiable diseases and doing a disease inspection.

A copy of the presentations and extractor cleaning kit may be downloaded here:

It was good to see how many of us are registered on Beebase (, which is important not only to ensure that you get notified about any outbreaks of disease in your area, but also as a valuable source of information.

***Note Notification of an outbreak of American Foulbrood (AFB) in the Stanley area of Perthshire. This is the first finding of AFB in Scotland this year.  This outbreak concerns a single hive and was first reported to the Scottish Government by the beekeeper, with the disease being confirmed by SASA on the 5th April.  In this instance, the beekeeper suspected disease after the colony died during the winter months, which highlights the importance of investigating die outs.***

Coincidently, on the 3 April the Scottish Government released the Bee Health Improvement Partnership Annual Report and Asian hornet: pest-specific contingency plan.  The documents can be downloaded here:

There are a couple of interesting infographics too, which you can download below:

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