This short survey aims to collect anonymous data from beekeepers and honey bee enthusiasts to investigate their awareness of ecological threats faced by wild pollinators and their attitude towards the conservation of these species. To ensure that no identifiable information is collected from participants, the survey is hosted on the third-party survey site Microsoft Forms, which can be accessed via the link below.
The survey itself should not take longer than 15 minutes to complete.
Link to research survey: https://forms.office.com/r/DgZFSpPgmi
The front page of the survey includes an information sheet outlining the topic of research, namely beekeepers’ and honey bee enthusiasts’ awareness of and attitude towards wild pollinators and their conservation. It also provides the contact details for my course supervisor and includes a consent declaration that participants will need to select in order to proceed with the survey. However, please also find attached a copy for your review.
If the Brecknock and Radnor Beekeepers’ Association is able to provide assistance with my MSc research project survey, I would be very grateful if you could forward the survey link to the membership.
In order to be able to ensure the data collected is statistically valid, I will need sufficiently large sample sizes of beekeepers and honey bee enthusiasts from many different backgrounds. To achieve this, I have sent the link to my research survey to regional beekeepers’ associations and branches across the United Kingdom as well as posting the link on UK beekeeping themed Facebook groups. The link will remain active for the rest of July.
This may lead to potential participants receiving copies of the link to my survey via multiple channels so I would be grateful if participants could complete the survey only once.
It is fortunate that ethical clearance for distribution of my survey was delayed until July, between the swarm and honey harvesting seasons. However, being a beekeeper myself, I fully understand how hectic the whole summer can be for beekeepers so I would be very appreciative of any assistance the members can provide and hope as many as possible, whether novice or veteran, current or former, can participate.
Many thanks and I wish you, the association members and the bees, both wild and managed, a happy and productive summer.
Title: What are the motivations for people to become involved in beekeeping, how aware are British beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping of the ecological pressures on wild pollinators and to what extent are they willing to conserve these species?
Supervisor: Dr Simon Pooley, Lambert Lecturer in Environment (Applied Herpetology)
Supervisor’s university address:
Department of Geography
Birkbeck, University of London
32 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9EZ
Supervisor’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Geography telephone number: 0203 926 1000
Researcher: Thomas Binsted
Student No.: 12729316
The study is being done as part of my MSc in the Environment and Sustainability in the Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London. The study has received ethical approval.
This study investigates:
Prospective, current and former beekeepers’ beekeeping practice,
Their entomological knowledge,
Their involvement in conservation activities,
Awareness of potential adverse ecological impacts that may result from the keeping of managed colonies of the western honey bee (Apis mellifera), and
Whether this awareness has led or would lead them to change their beekeeping practice to mitigate these potential harms.
Participating in the study:
You will be asked to complete an anonymous survey which will be accessed via a link to the third-party online survey hosting site Microsoft Forms. No specific personal details will be collected although questions include generic queries about your background, level of education, membership of a beekeepers’ association and the county in which you live. This data is relevant as it will help to identify potential demographic trends that may relate to beekeepers’ awareness of the topic of investigation.
Your data will be kept anonymous through the use of the third-party data collection programme, Microsoft Forms, which will not store personal data.
Once collected, the anonymous data will be analysed using quantitative statistical analysis techniques to identify potential patterns.
The analysis will be written up in a thesis for my degree. You will not be identifiable in the write up or any publication which might ensue.
The study is supervised by Dr Simon Pooley who may be contacted at the above address and telephone number.
For information about Birkbeck’s data protection policies, please visit:
If you have concerns about this study, please contact the School’s Ethics Officer email@example.com
You also have the right to submit a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office https://ico.org.uk/
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If you have read the research information above and agree to participate in this study on the understanding that your responses to this questionnaire will be collected and stored anonymously, please click on the consent declaration below.
Consent declaration: I agree to participate in this study and consent to the anonymous collection and storage of my data.