National Bee Unit Beebase advice  about COVID-19 and Beekeeping

It is suggested you print out and carry a copy when going to tend your bees at your BeeBase registered apiaries.

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As well as social distancing and apiary hygiene advice please note the following paragraph

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should be self-isolating at home and should not be visiting other premises. Ideally, another beekeeper should take on this duty wherever possible. We are suggesting that local associations consider how they can support those confined or unable to attend their bees at this difficult time for all of us.

If you are not registered with Beebase, or have apiaries that are not registered then please visit

24 March 2020

BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry says: "Bees are livestock and should be tended.

"You may visit your bees for welfare purposes such as for checking feed or queen cell preparation. 

"You must take into account social distancing and safe access. Also swarming, please do do not going into houses, roofs etc, or go through houses to reach swarms.

"We are working with DEFRA. NBU inspectors will still inspect if you have disease concerns."