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A Practical Manual Of Beekeeping [Kindle Edition]

David Cramp
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This book lives up to its title. An excellent book to get you started, with plenty for the experienced beekeeper. --Smallholder March 2009

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A fascinating hobby; a remunerative business; or a globetrotting career? Which type of beekeeper do you want to be? It is entirely up to you: beekeeping can provide it all.Beekeeping can provide anyone with an interesting and useful hobby or a lucrative and rewarding business. It is recognised as a vital agricultural industry and can therefore also offer you a globe trotting career. The whole subject is, however, often shrouded in mystery and loaded with jargon, leaving many people unaware of its true potential or how to start. This book strips away all the mystery and explains step by step how - from day one - you can start beekeeping as a hobby; how you can progress to running a beekeeping business; or how you can start a career as a beekeeper which can quite easily take you all over the world. No other guide explains in such detail the true potential and accessibility of beekeeping or of being a beekeeper.

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David Cramp started beekeeping in 1991 whilst still in the Royal Air Force when his wife gave him a present of a swarm of bees wrapped up in a duvet bag. He kept two WBC hives in an RAF married quarter garden in Lincolnshire and in 1992, he attended a basic beekeeping course at Riseholme college Lincoln. After leaving the RAF went on to do a post graduate research diploma at the Cardiff University Bee Research Unit under Professor Robert Pickard and Dr Robert Paxton. His thesis was on Drone Congregation Areas.

Immediately upon graduation in 1993, he and his wife left the UK to start a commercial bee farm in Southern Spain where due to their total inexperience and general incompetence they hit the inevitable cliff face and painfully climbed up and over it during the next 12 years, eventually obtaining organic production status for their honey. During his time in various remote parts of Spain, he became the Spanish correspondent for the Beekeepers Quarterly and also wrote for Bee Culture, The American Bee Journal and El Colmenar and he and his wife had two daughters which they carried around in moses baskets with nets over them to keep the bees away. In 2004 most of his bees were destroyed in a forest fire and the rest began to suffer from Colony Collapse Disorder which at that time was unknown.

In 2005 he and his family left Spain and he became the manager of a 2500 (later 4000) hive operation in New Zealand involved in kiwifruit and avocado pollination and manuka honey production. Following a move of the company in 2006 he left commercial beekeeping and now lives near Wellington with his wife, two daughters and just 15 hives of Italians and Carniolans. He is the author of 'A Practical Manual of Beekeeping (How to Books Ltd), The Beekeepers Field Guide (How to Books Ltd0, The Complete Step by Step Book of Beekeeping, Beekeeping. A Beginners Guide to be published in June 2011 and he is currently writing 'Bees' as part of the Whittet Books British natural history series. He is the editor of the online beekeeping science newsletter APiSUK published by Northern Bee Books which can be found at www.apisuk.com and is a member of the International Bee Research Association (IBRA).








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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight forward advice 14 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this book and have read it cover to cover. There isn't much in here that you wouldn't get in other beekeeping books but the way it is written has made this the most useful bee book I have read so far. The author is an experienced beekeeper who has tried everything and he just tells you what works (and is honest about where he went wrong). The style is easy to read, there is no waffle, just the nuts and bolts. It really is a practical manual. I have several other beekeeping books but this one will be my reference from now on- the others will be the back up. The illustrations are limited, as are the photos, I would like to have seen more. The book seems mostly written for the UK but has advice suited to other locations too (the author has kept bees commercially in Spain and New Zealand). Highly recommended to beginner and journeyman beekeepers.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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I have kept bees commercially in South America and New Zealand for many years and I didn't think that any new beekeeping book would teach me much more about beekeeping. However a colleague recommended 'A Practical manual of Beekeeping' and I'm very glad that I read it. I learned an enormous amount. What other beekeeping manual will tell you how to safely make invert sugar syrup, or how to easily test for HMF levels in your own honey or how to test for Nosema in the field and David Cramp introduces bee genetics in a way that even I can understand - and there is so much more it is that comprehensive. Certainly no other book that I have read (and I have read most) has so much useful, practical, up to date and science based information on beekeeping. I really recommend it for both experienced and novice beekeepers whether commercial or hobbyists. It is easy to read, very comprehensive, written with humour and written by a very experienced and knowledgeable beekeeper and like the same authors 'Beekeepers Field Guide' this book will stay by my side while I continue beekeeping.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No nonsense practical and structured guidance 29 July 2009
By Rosti
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Individuals and published reviews quote Ted Hoopers book as No1. I don't have the knowledge to disagree but as a relatively inexperienced keeper I found that he wrote with an assumption of prior knowledge in his readership. This book does not. It has given me the confidence to undertake most inspections and manipulations of my colonies during the first year and just as importantly, when I have returned to other texts - Like Hooper I have then understood the text and taken the benefit. That may be a combination of practical experience as well as prior reading but I recommend this book for a structured, approachable, informative and at times amusing style. I have read fairly widely now and for me this book rates No1 for new to intermediate readers as a good all round reference and introduction.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Along with about five other beekeeping titles, I requested David Cramp's book from my local library; I found it so much more readable and informative than the others that I renewed it over and over and finally (from embarrassment as much as anything) decided that I must have it to hand at all times so it was time to purchase my own copy. Even though I have read it all through, (and being of a certain age with slight memory impairment problems), it is a joy to dip into whenever I need to check on something. Highly recommended.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read. 15 May 2009
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Living in France and studying apiculture in french we decided that we needed a good book written in english to bolster our some what saggy french. I thought I would have to plough through A Practical Manual Of Beekeeping but found that I could not put it down and read it cover to cover in 3 days. It is comprehensive, honest and written with humour. Reading David Cramp's book has confirmed our decision to keep bees.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A first class handbook 3 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful Book, not too technical, easy to understand and well thought out. As a novice Beekeeper one is faced with a plethora of Books to read but I think this is one that I will come back to time and time again, it's a good reference source.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bee useful book 31 July 2009
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This book is very clearly written and produced. The author speaks from great experience of his subject and communicates his enthusiasm for this fascinating hobby. Useful for the newcomer to beekeeping and even those with more experience will still find plenty to learn.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for first time beekeepers 3 Feb 2010
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If you are thinking about keeping bees, this is the book for you. It's easy to read, fun and authoritative without being boring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative & easy to read.
As a novice beekeeper I'm finding this invaluable. Its full of information & written by someone with a great deal of experience
Published 14 days ago by Escaladieu
4.0 out of 5 stars It's where I go to refer
It tells you lots about bees. Throws in snip-its of infomation about bees in other countries. As a beginner there are such a lot of things to learn and to submit to memeory; this... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Serious
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A good book on the hobby of bee keeping but does not always refer to English conditions and weather as Mr Cramp has kept bee,s in different parts of the world.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and others
Over the winter months I like to read as much as possible about beekeeping but many books are either out of date or very "samey". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. S. C. Donohoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Reference
This is a book I use for reference in my exams. It is a noted work and assists in my study. I look out for getting all the agreed works in this subject area
Published 3 months ago by alan dennis berridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a real help to beginning beekeepers, clear information, easy to understand, the author gives explanations of why he uses the methods explained and this is very helpful in a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book and detail about beekeeping.
Great detail and very interesting book on bee-keeping. I would reccommend it for anyone setting up and starting in bee keeping.
Published 5 months ago by warrm
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Knowledgable but above all practical and clear
Books on beekeeping are often written by someone who has many years of experience but reflect both the difficulty of giving clear practical instructions and also the wide variety... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Covers all the essentials for beginners to beekeeping as well as great info on queen rearing, swarm luring, etc. Can't recommend this book more.
Published 10 months ago by Tiny-B
5.0 out of 5 stars Bee keepers bible
It taught me a lot just as I was about to go headlong into beekeeping....I'm glad I read it as I now realise the hobby is quite demanding and requires quite a lot of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. A. G. Young
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