Page 1: Introduction

My name is Georgia Tice and I am a fourth year Veterinary Student at the University of Edinburgh. I am currently conducting a research project, under the supervision of Mark Barnett (Roslin Institute), on the current Varroa control methods utilised by beekeepers in Scotland; I aim to analyse the various control methods used and their respective efficacy. Using data collected from this survey, I will select certain case studies from each treatment category and compare mite drop in these hives over a specified time frame post-treatment. In addition, using apiary locations, I will plot hive density onto a map in order to detect correlations between the density of hives and the frequency of Varroa treatment applications.

Participants’ rights

You may decide to stop being a part of the research study at any time without explanation. You have the right to ask that any data you have supplied to that point be withdrawn/destroyed. You have the right to omit or refuse to answer or respond to any question that is asked of you.

The participation in this study is voluntary.

When your role with this project is complete, your data will be anonymised. From that time, there will be no record that links the data collected from you with any personal data from which you could be identified (e.g., your name, address, email, etc.). Up until the point at which your data have been anonymised, you can decide not to consent to having your data included in further analyses. The data will be stored securely until it is destroyed; it will be stored under conditions required under the data protection law and will only be used for the purposes of this studies and will not be made available to anyone else. The data will only be published once anonymised.

In the survey I ask for a postcode (first half and first number of the second half) of your apiary. Using these postcodes, I intend to plot hive density onto a map of Scotland to detect correlations between the density of hives and frequency of Varroa treatment applications. This map will be submitted to the University as part of my research. The mapping may be traceable back to an individual if there are only a few apiaries in a particular area however the postcodes will be destroyed once I have completed the map.

This survey is designed for one apiary; beekeepers can submit multiple surveys if they have multiple apiaries. 

7.7. What type of hive do you have?
8.8. Is your hive
9.9. Do you use open mesh or solid floors?