The British Bee Veterinary Association (BBVA) will be attending the National Bee Unit (NBU) for a guided tour and lectures, and is inviting interested parties to join them.

The event will include a tour of the National Bee Unit. Photo credit: Free Images – Brandon Keim.

The role of the NBU – located in Sand Hutton near York, North Yorkshire – is to protect the honeybee and support the beekeeping industry using various integrated programmes of apiary inspections, disease diagnosis, research, training and extensions provided by a team of scientists and experienced beekeepers.

During the day, on October 22, NBU director Mike Brown will give a lecture on the functions of the unit. This will be followed by a lecture by Andy Wattam, who will talk about a day in the life of an NBU inspector.

The cost for the event, which runs from 10.30am to 4.10pm, is £30 for members and £50 for non-members. While payment in advance by cheque or bank transfer would be appreciated, payment can be made on the day.

Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival and during the afternoon break. Delegates will be able to purchase lunch (at their own cost) via on-site catering facilities.

Booking is essential, therefore for an application form and to reserve your place, email

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