The closing date for the 2016 Honey bee husbandry survey has been extended until Friday 17th June. There has been a poor response so far, only 38 beekeepers have taken part in the survey which was launched in late March.
The AFBI annual survey of Northern Ireland beekeeping practices has been taking place since 2009. It’s results, together with the free of charge bee diseases testing service, provide the Department of Environment Food & Rural Affairs with information that determines their policy on beekeeping and how much time and money will be spent on it.
Government and departmental financial cutbacks are currently ongoing and all areas of work are under review so a substantial response of interest needs to be shown by all beekeepers in order to maintain and justify the work carried out by AFBI.
I am therefore asking you – if you have not done so already – to take part in this survey. Any information gathered is used to produce a report on beekeeping practices which will become available to view on the AFBI website later this year. The option in the survey to provide personal details is entirely voluntary and will not be published or used for any other purpose.
The link for the online survey is https://www.afbini.gov.uk/articles/bee-health An interactive PDF file version is also available to download which can be attached and e-mailed to: Ivan.Forsythe@afbini.gov.uk