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The Complete Step-by-step Book of Beekeeping: A Practical Guide to Beekeeping, from Setting Up a Colony to Hive Management and Harvesting the Honey, Shown in Over 400 Photographs Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Nov 2011


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (15 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754823482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754823483
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 1.8 x 30.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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David Cramp started beekeeping while still serving in the Royal Air Force. Following his service career he spent a year at the Bee Research Unit at Cardiff University writing a thesis on Drone Congregation Areas before heading off to southern Spain with his wife to start a beekeeping enterprise. During his time in Spain he produced organic honey and wrote for the beekeeping and small farming press in the UK and USA. He also gave talks and courses on beekeeping to groups from many parts of Europe. After 12 years in Spain he moved to New Zealand to manage a 4,000-hive beekeeping operation specializing in pollination and manuka honey production.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By victor on 7 Jan 2012
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Complete in every way all you need to Know from beginer to experience beekeeper beautifull details easy to follow format lay out highly recomended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By arosmae on 3 April 2014
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This reference book is excellent for Beginners and Novices who want an easy pictorial reference book. It is of a more basic nature and after you progress you will find that its' content is for beginners but by that time you will have learned a lot from this book. The pictures are excellent adn the text is clear and concise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By good man on 26 Jun 2012
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well writen for the amateur but all seems so towards american based words and products but still an informative book and pictures were great all in all a good book for starting with bees
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andrew on 19 April 2013
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great book interesting informative and useful and an outline aid and quick reference source. If you need more info it is easy to find through your own associations or forums etc but this is a useful part of our library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Campbelling on 3 Oct 2012
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David Cramp's passion for beekeeping and teaching shine through all of his books, and this one is no different. Lovely pictures, good content and easy-to-follow instructions.

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By Jenniwren on 7 Dec 2014
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Brilliant, pictures were so informative and I am happy to recommend this book to other bee keepers
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