Norfolk Beekeepers’ Association runs a successful Spray Liaison Scheme. This provides a single point of contact for farmers and spray contractors who are going to spray pesticides and need to inform the beekeepers in their area. The Code of Conduct and the British Beekeepers’ Association recommend that to minimise risks to flying insects, spraying should be done either first thing in the morning or, preferably, in the evening when bees have stopped flying.
Farmers/ contractors who intend to spray should notify the Association Spray Liaison Officer with at least 48 hours’ notice with the information listed below. This information will be sent to beekeepers in the area and allow them time to take any necessary precautions.
- Name of farmer and/or spray contractor plus contact telephone number and email address
- Postcodes or grid reference of areas to be sprayed and name of closest town or village
- Date and time of proposed spraying
- Crop to be sprayed
- Chemicals to be sprayed, including active ingredients (where known)
Information for Beekeepers– practical measures to take on receipt of notification of intent to spray
Symptoms of spray poisoning and what to do in the event of Suspected Spray Damage