Deputy Chairman and Conference & Activities Co-ordinator
Roger Patterson is a practical beekeeper who has kept bees since 1963. This was directly after the harsh 1962/3 winter when a large number of bees and queens were imported. He quickly realised these imports were not well suited to our climate and conditions. A chance meeting with Beowulf Cooper resulted in him joining VBBA (now renamed BIBBA) in 1965. At one stage he ran 130 colonies, but has now reduced to around 25. He concentrates on teaching the practical aspects of beekeeping at his local BKA where he is the Apiary Manager. He lectures and demonstrates widely and is a regular contributor to the bee press.
Roger now owns and maintains Dave Cushman’s website www.dave-cushman.net that is widely recognised as one of the world’s most comprehensive beekeeping websites. He is the author of “Beekeeping. A Practical Guide”. He is Vice President of Bee Diseases Insurance (BDI).
Roger can often be seen in the company of his border collie Nell.