Scot Gov Update on Reporting Varroa
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Varroa Reporting in Scotland

The Scottish Government Honey Bee Health Team have today issued a brief on the legal requirement of reporting Varroa in Scotland. What follows is extracted from their full guidance, to view or download the full brief please click here.

Dear Beekeepers, 

Following our previous communications, we are writing to you to further explain the process of reporting Varroa in Scotland. Reporting of Varroa in GB will be possible through the beekeeper’s own record in BeeBase
BeeBase is the National Bee Unit website, it has therefore a heavy slant on English and Welsh beekeepers. We have started to work with the NBU colleagues on improving the content to reflect the Scottish Beekeeping community needs.  
We strongly encourage all beekeepers in Scotland to register in BeeBase. It is free and completely safe. Your apiaries and details are not visible to any other beekeeper. 
We have waited for the National Bee Unit to create the functionality in BeeBase before we got in touch with you all. The functionality is now live and reporting of Varroa is a legal requirement from today, the 21st of April 2021.

Reporting of Varroa will be at apiary level. The requirement is to report the presence of Varroa in any colony, so if seen in a colony, the apiary is considered as positive for Varroa. The National Bee Unit has defaulted all registered beekeepers to having Varroa in their colonies. Therefore:

  • If you have Varroa in your apiaries: Your record in BeeBase is already updated. Please just check that your details are correct and your apiary locations are up to date.

  • If your apiaries are free of Varroa: Please go onto your record on BeeBase and change the Varroa status of your apiary

For detailed instructions on how to register on BeeBase, what to do if you can't register, or how to edit your records on BeeBase please refer to the full briefing note, by clicking here
Although we strongly encourage registration on BeeBase, it is not compulsory, so those who wish to report Varroa but do not wish to register on BeeBase can do so by emailing us on
We are grateful for your assistance with this and as always, if you have any questions or wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us through our mailbox:

With kind regards
Scottish Government Honey Bee Health Team

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