We had a presentation on the CBKA beekeeping course from the Eastern Region Bee Inspector, which was really informative and well presented. So I registered with Bee Base, as I too feel the advantages outweigh any perceived disadvantage.
I held off until I got my bees though I had a few conversations with our seasonal bee inspector via the "other" forum in the meantime.
A lot of their useful information is available without registration and to be perfectly honest, other than the ability to request an inspection I'm not sure what else registering will give you in the meantime.
I don't believe you need to be registered to request an inspection, but I understand you will be registered pretty soon afterwards if you do.
We've got a pretty comprehensive "bee health" seminar through our association on saturday with 4 different inspectors in attendence so I'm looking forward to that.
i have not for several reasons,
1 , i do not trust any thing to do with this government at all
2, why does every thing in this nanny state require papers and registration
3, i meet a bee inspector once and have never meet a bigger ussless muppet ever, he knew only what they had told him to look for and could not do any thing else
4, any good hacker can get to my information and thats when we all have missing problems
5 to many web site contain to many apiary site addresses, i prefer mine not to be one
and finaly its idea is sold to us by the bbka, and never will i belive that lot again
The more information the government has the more chance you will be controlled. Its only a matter of time until you must be quality assured and governed by DEFRA or DARD. By subscribing to this things you are doing the governments work.
There is enough local, internet and lituary information to keep bees. We don't need the government. After all large chemical companies are goverment backed. IE Monsanto!!
If in doubt DON'T.
P.S. You can learn better by self help and self education, it may take time but you will succeed.