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Beekeeping Writings of Roger Patterson

Roger Patterson is a very experienced beekeeper based in West Sussex. He is very active in his local association... Wisborough Green Division of West Sussex BKA.

Roger is well known for his long term observations on poor queen mating and performance that have appeared in the early years of the 21st century. He has lectured widely on this and other practical topics at home and abroad. There are versions of his document on this subject in the menu above left.

Roger encourages beekeepers to understand their bees, so they can look after them in a caring way. He has encouraged others to consider using methods that aren't mainstream, among these are the use of the punched cell method of queen rearing, castellated spacers in brood boxes and what he has called the "Wakeford" method of swarm control.

Also in the menu is a link to a version of open mesh floor designed by Roger, that exists in two similar versions... One with alighting board and the other without, both of which can be easily made from recycled wood.

Roger is an inventive person and has produced an alternative version of my Vortex escape, based on a square design. He has also designed simple nucleus boxes that can be simply assembled by those unskilled in woodwork from recycled material, with the idea of promoting simplicity and low cost.