Bee Keeping Records

Most beekeepers develop their own approach to record keeping over the years and find that these records help them to manage their colonies far more effectively.

If you wish to attain the ‘Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry’ there is a requirement to maintain a record of your beekeeping for at least a season.  There is no specific format for the records required for the ‘Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry’.  However the records need to be sufficiently comprehensive to show the work the beekeeper has done over a season and how the colonies have progressed.

For more information on keeping records please go to the British Beekeepers Association Advisory Leaflet Number B8

Finally, you will find a handy format for your Bee Keeping Record here to download-print (PDF 31Kb).  This useful format gives space for both data and additional free text.

Honey bees are classed as a food producing animal and therefore beekeepers must comply with the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) 2013.

Generic substances such as Oxalic acid or self-made thymol solutions should not be used and beekeepers are liable for prosecution if traces are found during routine honey sampling. It is important to note that some products available on beekeeping manufacturers websites are not registered medicinal products and although available to buy, should not be used.

Please read the complete Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) 2013 at:

You may download-print the relevant medicines record card (PDF 12Kb).  If you use any medication for your bees, this record must be kept for up to five years.

Published: April 2015