This is the fourth 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. 116 beekeepers responded.
- Typically, beekeepers maintained 3 colonies (range 1‐35).
- Colony loss for the 2012 survey was 19% compared to 16% in 2011 and 13% in 2010.
- 52% of beekeepers reported no loss of colonies, which compares with 70% in 2011.