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

Antrim and Londonderry

Kevin Bradley
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Plant Health Inspection Branch

Meadowlane Shopping Centre

Moneymore Road

Magherafelt

BT45 6PR

                                                                                                       

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

Armagh and Down

Vacant
(Contact Tom Williamson in the interim)

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

Tyrone and Fermanagh

Joanne Redmond
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Sperrin House
Sedan Avenue
Omagh
BT79 7AQ

Telephone: 028 8225 3417
Email: joanne.redmond@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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