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How Many Beekeepers

In the UK there are approximately 44,000 beekeepers looking after around 240,000 hives.
They produce 6000 tones of honey per year.
Each hive is worth about £400 to the agricultural economy.
We produce only 20% of the honey we consume - the rest is imported.

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South-East Honey Survey 2010

Published 22.Jan.2011, 3:29pm

Honey NHS Classes 2009

As usual, I would like to start my report by thanking all the beekeepers that have taken the trouble to respond to my request for honey crop and price statistics. This year the number of responses was similar to last year at 240 which again makes some of the averages sensible. As you can see from the figures below, 94 from the 240 did not give prices for honey but I am still happy to accept the figures and include the average honey take per colony. Some of these beekeepers do not sell any of their honey and may feel they are being excluded from the survey. If this applies to you please just make a note on the form, I’m happy to receive any information you are willing to give.

Alan Byham
S.E. Regional Bee Inspector

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