COLOSS survey - Sources of information (South Africa)
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The survey is produced by COLOSS ( an international organisation and network of beekeeping scientists and advisers. The mission of COLOSS is to improve the well-being of honey bees at a global level. There are several networks within COLOSS. One network is the B-RAP (Bridging Research and Practice) group, which aims to connect science and the advisory work with beekeepers’ daily work.

The aim of this survey is to analyse how researchers and advisers can best support you as a beekeeper. In order to do this, we ask: How did you start beekeeping? What beekeeping education do you have? What kind of beekeeping networks do you have? How do you get information? What kind of training do you want? What are the biggest challenges you face as a beekeeper? And where do you think focus should be in the future?

We will use the results of this survey to prioritise out extension and scientific work. This survey will be conducted in more than 25 countries worldwide.  

All information given will remain confidential as per the EU’s Data Protection Directive.

There are 31 questions in this survey, and it takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. We are grateful that you are sharing your experience and expertise with us.

Thank you very much!

As local coordinator for South Africa

Hannelie Human




There are 31 questions in this survey.
About your beekeeping

1. Which of the following best describes you as a beekeeper?

2. How many years have you been a beekeeper?

3. Which of the following best describes your education in beekeeping?

4. Which of the following best describes why you became a beekeeper?

5. Approximately how many bee colonies do you currently have?


6. Which factors do you think would most improve the health of your honeybee colonies?

Please select up to three answers. If  there are more than three factors, please choose the three most important.

7. Which of the following bee products do you produce?

8. Do you offer pollination service to farmers, fruit and seed producers?

Please choose only one of the following:

9. Which of the following best describes how you obtain new queens?

10. What percentage of colony losses per year do you find acceptable in your beekeeping?


11. What level of colony losses per year have you had in the past 5 years (or a shorter period if you have had bees for less than 5 years)?

Learning options and dissemination of information

12. Did you, in your first years of beekeeping, have a mentor (an experienced beekeeper who helped you)?

13. Are you member of a beekeeping association?

14. How regularly do you participate in...

...meetings of a an official beekeeping association?
...meetings of a locally organised beekeeping club?
...informal meetings of a beekeeper’s group? media beekeeping groups?

15. Do you visit beekeeping conferences/exhibitions?

16. If yes, in which type of beekeeping conferences/exhibitions do you participate?

17. How do you obtain information about beekeeping?

Beekeeping magazines
Beekeeping books
Scientific papers and books
Popular articles and books
Local instructor
Your mentor
Bee scientists
Beekeeping advisers
Local beekeeping magazines
Beekeeping club
National meeting/conference
International meeting/conference (e.g. Apimondia, Eurbee, etc.)
Networks with beekeepers, scientists and advisors
Video lectures
Social media
Internet webpages
Webinars (internet-based meetings)
TV programme

18. If you use social media, which source do you use most frequently?

19. Given the option, how would you PREFER to get new information about beekeeping?

Please select up to three 3 answers. If you would prefer more than three sources, please choose the three most important.

20. On which of the following topics did you seek information during the last year?

Please select up to three answers. If you have sought information on more than three topics, please choose the three most important.

21. How do you check the credibility of the information you get from different sources?

22. How trustworthy do you consider each of the following sources of information on beekeeping?
Experienced beekeepers
Government authorities
Beekeeping magazines
Beekeeping books
Internet webpages
Discussion groups on social media
YouTube clips

23. Do you know of any beekeeping scientists in your country?

24. Do you know of any beekeeping advisors/technical centres/veterinarians in your country?

25. Did you know about COLOSS before this survey?

Demographic details

26. In what country do you live?

27. How old are you?

28. What is your gender?

29. Do you have regular access to the internet?

30. What level of formal education do you have?

31. Please enter your email address to keep you informed on the outcome if you wish so and if you agree that we can contact you for additional questions.