For the time being beekeepers on the Island will be able to visit hives as and when it is absolutely necessary as long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to. We have been advised by the police that beekeepers will not need any particular paperwork at present.

No matter how confident a keeper is with their bees they should wear full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) during every visit. The last thing we want is any additional pressure on our health care services from preventable injuries, such as stings.

As far as the collection of swarms is concerned the Federation’s assistance is welcome and much appreciated. When collecting swarms social distancing must be maintained. Ideally only volunteers who are not in a vulnerable group should be asked to collect swarms. Again, full PPE should be worn. Please do not take any chances when attempting to retrieve swarms, particularly from difficult to reach locations.

Kristian Cowin

Environmental Health Officer

27 March 2020

 

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