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An indispensable beekeeping guide full of information and practical advice
Suitable both for those just considering the prospect and those who are already fascinated beekeepers, this guide to setting up, maintaining and maximising bees in the back garden is an indispensable and readable bible of information and practical advice. It covers everything from bee behaviour to what to do with honey, and balances all the background context on bee biology with the day-to-day and seasonal practicalities of running hives in any location, in the country or the city, and for colonies of all sizes.
Supporting resources include a 'bee calendar', troubleshooting section, illustrations, photos, a glossary and details of courses and organizations, in an essential guide for anyone who is fascinated by the ancient ways of the apiarist.
Get Started in Beekeeping includes:
Chapter 1: Naming the parts
Chapter 2: The honey bee year
Chapter 3: Equipment
Chapter 4: Beginning your beekeeping
Chapter 5: Swarming and swarm control
Chapter 6: Bees for honey
Chapter 7: Winter
Chapter 8: Pests and diseases
Chapter 9: The beekeeping year
Chapter 10: Hive products
Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:
Not got much time?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
Extend your knowledge
Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.
Five things to remember
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Adrian Waring, NDB, has been a beekeeper since September 1961 and keeps around 40 colonies. He was until recently General Secretary of the British Beekeepers' Association, and is County Bee Instructor for Northamptonshire. He lectures widely on the subject of bees to audiences of all ages. Claire Waring has been a beekeeper for 25 years and is Editor of Bee Craft magazine. She was also former General Secretary of the British Beekeepers' Association.