SASA Varroa Mapping in Scotland
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Help Needed Varroa Mapping in Scotland

Varroa Mapping in Scotland
We Need Your Help

As I’m sure you’re aware changes to The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Order 2007 (as amended), making Varroa reportable in Scotland, will come into force on the 21st of April 2021 (with the introduction of The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Amendment Order 2021).

The main reason for the introduction of these change was to comply with export health certification requirements as a result of the new EU Animal Health Law. However, it could also prove very helpful in our aim to control and reduce spread of this devastating pest, particularly for those valuable areas which remain Varroa free in Scotland.
I’m therefore writing to you today to ask if you can help us to develop a map of Scotland, highlighting these areas of Varroa freedom. This exercise will be completed by the 18th of April, before the legislation is in place and is entirely voluntary but would provide a good ‘starting point’ for reporting (as the official method for reporting has yet to be determined) and it will also serve as a valuable decision-making tool for beekeepers and sellers when moving bees. The official method of reporting has yet been Your contributions are essential to the quality of this exercise and the result will be used to help protect the health of Scottish honey bees. Any data provided will be treated in confidence in compliance with SASA’s privacy policies.
To find out more, and for all the details on what and how to report please click here where you will be able to view and download our full request.

Many thanks

Fiona Highet MBE

Senior Entomologist
SASA (Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture)

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