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Bees in the City: The urban beekeepers' handbook [Hardcover]

Brian McCallum , Alison Benjamin
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4 Aug 2011

Beekeeping - once seen as an old-fashioned country pursuit - is increasingly attracting young metropolitan professionals, and new hives are springing up all over our cities. Whether you're attracted to beekeeping because you want to produce your own honey, do your bit to combat the threats that honeybee colonies face today, or simply reconnect with nature, Bees in the City provides a comprehensive guide to the subject. Written by the authors of the bestselling A World Without Bees, it:

- introduces you to the school teachers, inner-city youngsters, City professionals and budding entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of this exciting new movement

- suggests creative ways you can help bees in your own back garden without keeping a hive

- provides extensive, practical information for the novice urban beekeeper, including tips on getting started and a month-by-month job guide

Packed with invaluable advice on how to understand and support these extraordinary creatures, Bees in the City will inspire you to join this new urban revolution.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852652313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852652312
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compelling tales from the front line of urban beekeeping

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Beekeeping - once seen as an old-fashioned country pursuit - is increasingly attracting young metropolitan professionals, and new hives are springing up all over our cities. Whether you're attracted to beekeeping because you want to produce your own honey, do your bit to combat the threats that honeybee colonies face today, or simply reconnect with nature, Bees in the City provides a comprehensive guide to the subject. Written by the authors of the bestselling A World Without Bees, it:

- introduces you to the school teachers, inner-city youngsters, City professionals and budding entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of this exciting new movement

- suggests creative ways you can help bees in your own back garden without keeping a hive

- provides extensive, practical information for the novice urban beekeeper, including tips on getting started and a month-by-month job guide

Packed with invaluable advice on how to understand and support these extraordinary creatures, Bees in the City will inspire you to join this new urban revolution.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Bees move upmarket 8 Aug 2011
By R. Loder TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Bees have had a rather bad time of it lately. What with hive deaths, organo-phosphate chemicals, and the industrialisation of the countryside, their numbers were reported as dropping fast. Which is bad news for everybody as bees have a key role in the pollination of plants...and our food crops.
Then I picked up this book, and was pleased to see that (mostly young) urban people had taken to keeping bees in cities. Their efforts have raised bee populations in places like London, which explains why bees don't have to commute nowadays as they service the flower displays in city parks and streets. In gardens and on roofs, hives have been established by this new wave of enthusiast and the bee population has grown.
Of course it won't address the hive death problem, but its good news, and there is precious little of that around.
Lets be clear that if you are looking to be a professional bee-keeper you will need more than this book. If you want a detailed treatise about bees in general, then this won't do. If, on the other hand, you want a well written book about an industrious insect on which we depend, and the people who are trying to help, then this book will be enjoyable, if not uplifting.
I read it at one sitting, and am now reading it again. Just like good food, you need to savour it. A bit like honey in fact.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Half a book.... 13 Sep 2011
By Jools
Format:Hardcover
The authors may have been partially responsible for creating the new beekeeping bandwagon with their book 'World without bees' but this seems to be a shameless attempt to jump it too. The first half of the book with its anecdotal tales of urban beekeeping is easily readable and of minor interest but the second half which covers some practical aspects of urban beekeeping contains nothing that has not been covered better and in more detail elsewhere. At one point they state that bees are prone to swarm "around Easter"...Easter can range from early March to late April and although late April swarms are not unknown swarms in early March are unlikely! - this is lazy writing. How they can describe this as an urban beekeeper's handbook is a mystery. I also take issue with the concept in the first place of there being an 'urban' beekeeping movement as opposed to a rural one - yes there are urban beekeepers but the vast majority of newcomers (in my experience) are suburban...doesn't make such a good title though does it?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bees in the City 3 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
Having read previous publications on beekeeping I was looking for a unique take on this ancient art/craft/skill. The title promised something new but I was a little disappointed. It strikes me that the majority of beekeeping skills are the same whether you keep bees in the city, in the suburbs, or in the country and much of the content of this book is a rehearsal of those skills. Having said that, it is well presented and interesting to read.
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For the newest and trendiest urban pastime, the buzzword is 'beekeeping'. Once seen as an exclusively rural pursuit, beekeeping has spread to city farms, urban allotments, office-block roofs and even the grounds of Buckingham Palace, as town and city dwellers discover the benefits of beekeeping -- whether it's youth workers using beekeeping to help troubled teenagers, doing one's bit save the honey bee, or the unbeatable taste of home-produced honey. The authors speak to an eclectic range of urban apiarists, suggest the best bee-friendly plants, and provide practical advice for the novice beekeeper. Bees need our help to survive, say the authors, as they show how anyone can take part in the "beekeeping revolution".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great information although mstly UK focused 4 Sep 2013
By Petz Scholtus - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first book I read about urban beekeeping and I found it very useful. The case studies and regulations are mostly about the UK but I believe it is still valuable information whatever city you are in. An easy read by someone very passionate and knowledgeable.
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