Selwyn Wilkins

Selwyn has approaching 30 years of experience in all aspects of apiculture. For over 20 years he worked within the UK National Bee Unit where he specialised in honey bee management, disease recognition diagnosis and control, extension to beekeepers, advic

Selwyn Wilkins

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  • Area of expertise
    All aspects of apiculture and bee ecotoxicology
  • Years of experience
  • Highest qualification
    BSc (Hons)

Selwyn has approaching 30 years of experience in all aspects of apiculture. For over 20 years he worked within the UK National Bee Unit where he specialised in honey bee management, disease recognition diagnosis and control, extension to beekeepers, advice to policy and government and honey bee ecotoxicology.

Selwyn now focuses on bee ecotoxicology and his current role is Senior Bee Ecotoxicologist here at Fera. He is responsible for the management and delivery of bee-related work and the development and expansion of the business and science capabilities within the team. He has expanded from working solely with honey bees into new areas such as working with non-Apis species (Bombus spp. and solitary beese.g. Osmia bicornis). He is a seasoned GLP Study Director with hands on experience in the delivery of countless regulatory laboratory, semi-field and field studies. In addition to the regulatory work he regularly designs and runs bespoke studies to meet the specific needs of our customers. An active member of the International Commission for Plant Pollinator Relations (ICPPR). Selwyn feeds into a number of working groups and is directly involved with the development and ring testing of new bee toxicity testing methods to be taken forward as new internationally recognised OECD test guidelines. He also acts as a UK representative on the OECD Expert Panel on Development of Honey Bee Testing Methods and Guidelines.

More about bee ecotoxicology

Our research expertise and scientific resources can help you to test your plant-protection products for their effects on bee survival, development and behaviour – helping you to develop products that are safe for bees and other pollinators. We work closely with the National Bee Unit, giving us access to a huge range of resources to support your risk assessments, including more than 150 colonies of honey bees and a highly skilled beekeeping team.

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Latest Papers and Articles

Thompson HM; Coulson M; Ruddle N; Wilkins S; Harrington P; Harkin S; (2015) Monitoring effects of thiamethoxam applied as a seed treatment to winter oilseed rape on development of bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) colonies. Pest Management Science 72(9) .

N. Hanewald, I. Roessink, S. Mastitsky, K. Amsel, L. Bortolotti, M. Colli, D. Gladbach,S. Haupt, L. Jeker; S. Kimmel, C. Molitor, E. Noel, H. Schmitt, S. Wilkins, J. van der Steen (2015) Compilation of results of the ICPPR non-Apis working group with a special focus on the bumblebee acute oral and contact toxicity ring test 2014 ICPPR Non-Apis Working Group. Hazards of pesticides to bees -12thInternational Symposium of the ICP-PR Bee Protection Group, Ghent (Belgium), September 15-17, 2014 194Julius-Kühn-Archiv, 4 50.

Thompson HM; Coulson M; Ruddle N; Wilkins S; Harkin S; Thiamethoxam: Assessing flight activity of honeybees foraging on treated oilseed rape using RFID technology. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 35(2) Thompson HM; Wilkins S; Harkin S; Milner S; Walters KFA. (2014) Neonicotinoids and bumblebees (Bombus terrestris): effects on nectar consumption in individual workers

Dahle B; Wilkins S; Charriere JD (2014) European foulbrood (EFB) and American foulbrood (AFB) - Distribution, status and control and management strategies throughout Europe EURBEE, Murcia (Spain); 09/2014

de Graaf DC; Alippi AM; Antunez K; Aronstein KA; Budge G; De Koker D; De Smet L; Dingman DW; Evans JD; Foster LJ; Funfhaus A; Garcia-Gonzalez E; Gregorc A; Human H; Murray KD; Nguyen BK; Popping L; Spivak M; vanEngelsdorp D; Wilkins S; Genersch E; (2013) Standard methods for American foulbrood research Journal of Apicultural Research 52(1).

Events past and future

14th-15th June 2017: Cereals 2017, Boothby Graffoe, Lincoln, LN5 0AS - Wednesday 14th June and Thursday 15th June

18th - 20th October 2017: 13th International Symposium ICP-PR Bee Protection, Valencia, Palau della Musica y Congresso - 18th, 19th and 20th October 2017

Selwyn and his team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...

Bee Ecotoxicology - complete range of regulatory and non-regulatory safety testing.



Helping commercial companies to accurately assess the toxic impacts of plant-protection products and veterinary medicines on a range of ecosystems and species.

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pollinator R&D


Protecting essential pollinators to support sustainable, high-quality crop production.

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Environmental Fate

Environmental Fate

Regulations-compliant environmental fate studies provide essential data on the fate and behaviour of a range of chemicals in the environment including pesticides.

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Our Chemical Regulatory Work