Practical Beekeeping With Roger Patterson – KM115

This week we are talking to Roger Patterson from West Sussex in the United Kingdom. This is Episode One Hundred and fifteen of our beekeeping podcast.


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The interview with Roger was recorded in October 2016

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Roger Patterson has been beekeeping since 1963, he is from West Sussex in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the book “Beekeeping – A Practical Guide”. He is a practical beekeeper, concentrating on the basics and keeping things simple. He is also the current president of the Wisborough Green Division of the West Sussex Beekeepers Association

Here is what is in the show (Now with Times)

Photo courtesy of the Isle of Man Beekeepers Federation


  • Are they any differences in how people keep bees in England 02:51
  • How Roger got started in beekeeping 06:39
  • Does Roger still keep WBC Hives? 08:41
  • Do Bees really care about Hive Types? 09:44
  • A concrete Top Bar Hive 11:25
  • How does Roger feel about knowing the most famous dog in Beekeeping 13:52
  • Can Nell Detect AFB in hives 15:35
  • Are any of Rogers Family involved in Beekeeping? 17:28
  • Have Rogers students changed since the 1970’s 19:22
  • Was everyone was a natural Beekeeper? 22:28
  • Beekeepers in England did use chemicals before Varroa Mites 22:38
  • Do EFB and AFB Look Similar??? 24:19
  • Is it hard to maintain Dave Cushmans Website? 27:08
  • How does Roger do the Punch Cell Queen Rearing Method 28:07
  • What is the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association 32:17
  • Is the British Black Bee used in the Breeding Programs 35:31
  • What’s the best Bee for your local Area? 37:11
  • Importing Bees isn’t the best idea 38:05
  • Bees are being imported from Hawaii to Canada 39:29
  • What would Roger Tell a Young Roger About Beekeeping 40:27
  • What are common mistakes new Beekeepers are making? 41:40
  • Why Observation is so important in Beekeeping 43:54
  • Observation helped Roger find ‘Chronic bee paralysis virus’ 44:28
  • What is the best Beekeeping Book? 46:35
  • A Mistake a lot of Beekeeping Teachers Make 47:57
  • What is Rogers Plans for Next Season? 51:24
  • How do you get in touch with Roger? 52:54

Resources mentioned in the show

After Show

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Media Credits

  • Slow Burn Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
  • Photos courtesy of the Isle of Man Beekeepers Federation
  • Main Photo courtesy of Roger Patterson

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