A national study has been commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to "better understand new beekeepers' husbandry practices and how these are influenced by the advice available to them".
I have just completed the on-line questionnaire
myself and see it as a great opportunity for us to feed back to Government that as beekeepers we do not all follow "conventional" practices or support the BBKA party line. I would therefore strongly encourage you all to complete the survey - it takes about 10/15 minutes.
You can stay anonymous if you wish, you don't have to answer all questions and it seems that the views of those who don't yet have bees are being taken as well. If you have the time PLEAS have a go at www.pspq.com/beestudy .
I have copied below the original request from People Science & Policy Ltd who have been commissioned by Defra to carry out this study.
Defra Beekeeping study
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has commissioned 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.
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 runs 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 .
We would be very grateful if you are able to help us with this work. If you have any questions please reply to tara.webster@
peoplescienceandpolicy.com or call Alan Worley on 02031028137.
People Science & Policy Ltd
Argyle House, 29-31 Euston Road