Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd (BDI)

The insurance company for beekeepers in England & Wales run by beekeepers
About BDI

BDI provides insurance for the replacement of beekeeping equipment should it have to be destroyed due to an incidence of a notifiable disease, such as European or American Foul Brood. Further information about how Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd operates can be found here

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Details of the features and benefits of our secure system for maintaining your membership records and generating insurance receipts and returns can be found here.


The link below takes users who have not yet migrated to eR2 to the original BDI eReturn system

Premiums to remain unchanged for 2021

BDI is committed to best practice to ensure all data held within our systems is fully GDPR compliant.  Further details of the systems and procedures that are in place can be found within the help section of our eReturn & eR2 systems.


5 March, 2021: Importing honey bees into Great Britain 
A statement issued jointly by the British Beekeepers Association, Welsh Beekeepers Association, Ulster Beekeepers Association, Scottish Beekeepers Association and Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd describes the importation of honey bees as a major new risk to the health of the bee population. The signatories call on the UK government and the devolved administrations to prevent bees being imported into the UK via Ireland. 
Read the full statement here.
Sign the petition calling on government to stop the importation of honey bees into GB from the EU via Northern Ireland.

Making a claim

The procedure for a making a claim is very simple and straightforward - details can be found on our claims page here

Whole apiary shook swarm trials
In place of training grants that have been offered in recent years, BDI has decided in conjunction with the National Bee Unit to fund a two-year trial of whole apiary shook swarming starting in the 2021 season.  

Research Activities

An important part of the work that BDI undertakes is the seed funding it provides on behalf of beekeepers for research into the causes of bee diseases.