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.