Honeybee husbandry survey winter 10/11

Date published: 01 January 2011

This is the third survey of beekeeping husbandry issues in Northern Ireland. A questionnaire survey was sent out hardcopy to beekeeping associations and an online copy made available on the AFBI website. 130 beekeepers responded.


  • Typically, beekeepers maintained 1-2 colonies.
  • Colony loss for the 2011 survey was16% compared to 13% in 2010 and 23% in 2009.
  • 70% of beekeepers reported no loss of colonies, which compares with 44% in 2010.