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Defra Beekeeping Study

Published 29.Jan.2010, 8:44pm

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Defra has commissioned People Science and Policy Ltd and East Malling Research to conduct a study to better understand new beekeepers' husbandry practices and how these are influenced by the advice available to them.  Beekeepers’ opinions and experiences are a very important part of the study, which will help to improve advice and training for new beekeepers, including the work being undertaken to raise beekeeping husbandry standards as part of Defra and Welsh Assembly Government’s Healthy Bees Plan.

I am contacting you as secretary of the Kent beekeeping association to ask for your help with this work.  We would be very grateful if you could publicise the study among your members. We are looking for beekeepers with all levels of experience; however we are particularly keen to hear from those with less than two years experience.

Answers will be treated in confidence.

People can register to take part by going to www.pspq.com/beestudy.

The study will be running until the end of February 2010.  We are asking:

  • beekeepers with less than two years experience to take part in a questionnaire of approximately 20 minutes; and
  • beekeepers with more than two years experience to register for either a short telephone interview or to take part in a questionnaire of approximately 20 minutes.

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