Honeybee husbandry survey winter 12/13

Date published: 01 January 2013

This is the fifth consecutive 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.  97 beekeepers responded.


  • Overwintering colony losses averaged 43%. Previous losses ranged from 13‐23%.
  • Comparable surveys from RoI and Scotland gave 37% and 31 % losses, respectively.
  • Only 27% of beekeepers reported no losses. In 2012, 52% of beekeepers reported no losses.