Beekeeping Information Centre

Bee Inspectors

Bee Inspections are carried out in order to protect the honey bee by controlling pests and diseases and by giving advice to beekeepers.

Within the UK, the Bee Health Inspectorate is part of various government departments depending on where you live.

England and Wales

The National Bee Unit (NBU) has a team of inspectors working in England and Wales. The team is headed up by the National Bee Inspector who manages 8 Regional Bee Inspectors (RBI). Each of these has a team of Seasonal Bee Inspectors (SBI) working from April to September.

Every Bee Inspector is an experienced practical beekeeper, with particular experience and training in the recognition and control of bee pests and diseases. Inspectors also provide comprehensive training and advice on apiary management and good husbandry practice. As well as apiary inspections, Bee Inspectors assist with various research projects and field trials.

Contact details for your local bee inspector can be found on Bee Base here.


In Scotland bee inspections are carried out by Bee Inspectors, who are part of the Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (RPID). Click here.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland bee inspections are carried out by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Click here.