Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP)


This partnership was established following the publication of the Honey Bee Health Strategy.

It aims to achieve a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Scotland through strengthened partnership working.

The strategy focuses on:

  • education, training and knowledge transfer
  • communication
  • 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



Bees Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP)
c/o Scottish Government
P-Spur, Saughton House
Edinburgh, EH11 3XD


The Bee Health Improvement Partnership minutes prior to summer 2018 are available on the archive.

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