Bee Health Improvement Partnership: annual report 2022 to 2023

This is the first annual report of the activities of the Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP) following the publication of Scotland’s second 10-year Honey Bee Health Strategy in 2022. Its outlines and reflects on the progress made by the BHIP during the first full year of the second Honey Bee Health Strategy.

The Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP) and ways of working

The BHIP was established in 2010 as part of Scotland's first 10-year Honey Bee Health Strategy as a forum to allow Scottish Government Officials and stakeholders to discuss challenges affecting honey bees and the Scottish beekeeping sector.

In order to deliver the Honey Bee Health Strategy, the BHIP developed an Implementation Plan, grouping together actions, key issues and objectives as follows:

1. Education, Training and Knowledge Transfer

2. Communication and partnership working across government, operational partners, stakeholders and all of those with an interest in honey bees in Scotland

3. Pest and Disease surveillance, prevention, diagnosis, and control

4. Research and Development

5. On-going review of the regulatory framework

The BHIP meet quarterly and comprise of representatives from:

  • The Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA)
  • The Bee Farmers Association (BFA)
  • National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB)
  • Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
  • NatureScot
  • Scottish Government (Delivery, SASA and Policy)
  • The devolved UK administrations

The BHIP ensures that governance and accountability is maintained by detailing its progress of the specific aims of the Honey Bee Health Strategy in its minutes which can be found here.



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