3. The Data Protection legislation

As beekeepers it is vital that the authorities responsible for bees and their welfare as well as the Association can freely divulge its members' details so as to deal with outbreaks of any foul brood and the like. Many associations are now obtaining specific consents from their members for this and similar purposes. In case it sounds like "Big Brother", the sole intention of the requirement is to assist all beekeepers and the National Bee Unit if and when a problem arises. On the other hand, many associations do not circulate members' details. There are clearly beekeepers who for political or other reasons do not want their details divulged. Chelsea would never share their game plan with Manchester City but for beekeepers the position is different surely? We need to know who our fellow beekeepers are, particularly those in close proximity to us so as to be sure, for example, not to encroach on their "forage areas", or, in the case of disease, to identify and deal with it decisively.

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The Association's apiary in North Shropshire

The Association maintains an apiary at an organic farm in North Shropshire.

We hold regular meetings at the apiary during the summer, where members new and old can gain experience in handling bees.

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