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Bee organisations

The following organisations can provide specialist information and advice on bee issues in Europe.

British Bee Keepers Association
With over 15,000 members the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is the leading organisation representing beekeepers within the UK:

Bee Farmers Association
An association of bee keepers representing the interests of commercial and semi-commercial bee keepers in the UK:

Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA)
An organisation that looks at the native and near native species of honey bees in the UK:

Bumblebee Conservation Trust
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was founded in response to growing concerns about the 'plight of the bumblebee':

Scottish Bee Keepers Association
The Scottish Beekeepers Association is the national body that represents Scotland's beekeepers within the UK, throughout Europe and globally:

Welsh Bee Keepers Association
The association for bee keepers in Wales, with around 900 members:

International organisations

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, run by a coalition of environmental and conservation organisations:

The Pollinator Partnership, which runs an information website for consumers, gardeners, land managers, educators, resource managers, producers, and farmers to help pollinators:

International Bee Research Association, which publishes research on apiculture:

The Bees for Development Trust raises funds and promotes apiculture as a means to alleviate poverty, see:

Hives Save Lives is a charitable organisation that creates opportunities for self-sufficiency and income generation through beekeeping - helping people to help themselves, see:

Researchers and regulators

The following organisations play a role in regulating pesticide use, monitoring bee populations, or investigating the causes of bee diseases.

Chemicals Safety Directorate (formerly the Pesticides Safety Directorate)
Government agency that regulates the use of pesticides, email:

Wildlife Investigation Unit
For reporting incidents of pesticides affecting wildlife.
Email:; Website:

Honey Research Unit
Research unit at Waikato University, New Zealand in to the anti-bacterial properties of honey.
Email:; Website:

Insect Pollinator Initiative
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has joined with the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Wellcome Trust and the Scottish Government in a £10 million funding programme on insect pollinators, including bees. See:

Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects
Professor Francis Ratnieks is the only Professor of Apiculture in the UK, and heads the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at Sussex University:

National Bee Unit and Bee Base
The government bee research unit operating on behalf of Defra. Bee Base is part of the National Bee Unit and consists of a national data base of all the registered bee keepers across the UK and details of the inspections. Email:; Websites: and the National Bee Unit at:

Penn State University, Department of Entomology
Leading research institution in to Colony Collapse Disorder:

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