7.8. Example of a standardized questionnaire on colony losses

An example of a standardized questionnaire, produced by the monitoring working group of the COLOSS network (section 1), is provided in Fig. 2. The questionnaire can be split into essential questions which should be implemented in all participating countries and optional questions which are left to the national survey organisers to use or not. Optional questions ask more information about the operation such as postal code and location of the apiary, migration, bee race, increases and decreases made by the beekeeper during winter, origin of queens, queen replacement, pollination services, honey and pollen sources, comb replacement and winter feeding. The survey organisers may replace the concept of winter by another seasonal concept suitable for the local situation.

Fig. 2. An example of a standardized questionnaire, produced by the monitoring working group of the COLOSS network.  figure2