Bee health contacts

Information and advice relating to DAERA’s support to beekeeping can be obtained from the various divisions covering inspections, disease diagnosis and education.

Bee health inspections

Plant Health Inspection Branch (PHIB) is responsible for the delivery of bee health inspections. General queries can be directed to headquarters staff by contacting:

Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs
Plant Health Inspection Branch
Room 1019
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
BELFAST BT4 3SB

Telephone: 028 9052 4168
Email: beehealth@daera-ni.gov.uk

Bee inspectors

The team of bee inspectors consists of a senior bee inspector and local inspectors. For queries relating to bee health inspections, please contact:

Thomas Williamson (Senior bee inspector)
Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs
Plant Health Inspection Branch
Atek Building
Edenaveys Industrial Estate
Newry Road
Armagh, BT60 1HS

Telephone: 028 3889 2374
Email: tom.williamson@daera-ni.gov.uk

Local bee inspectors

David Johnston (Armagh and Down)
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Plant Health Inspection Branch
Atek Building
Edenaveys Industrial Estate
Newry Road
Armagh BT60 1HS

Telephone: 028 3752 9071
Email: david.a.s.johnston@daera-ni.gov.uk

Kevin Bradley (Fermanagh, Tyrone and Londonderry)
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Plant Health Inspection Branch
Meadowlane Shopping Centre
Moneymore Road
Magherafelt
BT45 6PR

Tel: 028 7939 5331
Email: kevin.bradley@daera-ni.gov.uk

Antrim

Vacant
(Contact Kevin Bradley in the interim)

Telephone: 028 7939 5331
Email: kevin.bradley@daera-ni.gov.uk

Disease diagnosis for bees

Disease diagnosis for bees is provided by the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI). For further information, please contact:

Ivan Forsythe (Entomologist)
Agri-Food  and Biosciences Institute
Zoology & Entomology
Newforge Lane
BELFAST BT9 5PX

Tel: 028 9025 5288
Email: ivan.forsythe@afbini.gov.uk

Dr Archie Murchie (Senior Entomologist)
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Zoology & Entomology
Newforge Lane
BELFAST BT9 5PX

Tel: 028 9025 5480
Email: archie.murchie@afbini.gov.uk                                                      

Educational courses relating to bees

Educational courses relating to bees are run by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE). For further information, please contact:

Hazel Marcus
CAFRE
Greenmount Campus
Tirgracey Road
Antrim BT41 4PS

Telephone: 028 9442 6964
Email: hazel.marcus@daera-ni.gov.uk

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