Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP)
Role of the group
This partnership was established following the publication of the Honey Bee Health Strategy.
The strategy aims to achieve a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Scotland through strengthened partnership working.
The strategy focusses on:
- education, training and knowledge transfer
- surveillance, diagnosis and biosecurity
- research and development
The BHIP meets annually normally in November to review the strategy, the actions of the previous year and agree future direction. Most of the outcomes of the strategy are delivered by the Bee Health Improvement Team (BHIT) which meets around four times per year with regular interchange between meetings.
The BHIP is made up of representatives from:
- Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA)
- Bee Farmers Association (BFA
- Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
- Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA)
- National Bee Unit (NBU) (now incorporated within Animal and Plant Health Agency APHA)
- Scottish Government Animal Health and Welfare, RPID