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Guide to Beekeeping (BBKA Guides) [Paperback]

Ivor Davis , Roger Cullum-Kenyon
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16 Aug 2012
The number of people interested and active in keeping bees at an amateur level has increased greatly over the past few years with a surge of interest from those in both rural and urban situations. This guide, aimed at beginning beekeepers, provides an authoritative text, along with clear photographs and illustrations demonstrating the essential points. The book introduces the reader to beekeeping including the workings of the colony, the structure of a hive, how to acquire bees and keep them healthy and the structure of the beekeeping year. Each chapter is accompanied by anecdotes, answers to frequently asked questions and fascinating facts about bees and honey.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: A&C Black (16 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408154587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408154588
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 18.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The word that first comes to mind when reading this book is 'comprehensive'. This book contains all the information that you would need to get started in beekeeping and the authors have managed to convey a vast amount of information, complete with many beekeeping tips and techniques, in a concise and helpful way... This is an outstanding book. The British Bee Journal This easy-to-follow guide explains everything a novice beekeeper needs to know... superb photographs enliven every page. BBC Wildlife

About the Author

Ivor Davis is a past president of the British Beekeeping Association, a Master Beekeeper and one of the few people to hold the National Diploma in Beekeping.

Roger Cullum-Kenyon has been a beekeeper for more than 30 years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best start with this book .... 7 Dec 2012
By Angela
There is a fascination with bees currently with many turning to keeping bees as the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of life. I am a beekeeper of seven years and it is an immensely rewarding hobby. The thing I like most about this book is that is genuinely useful and I think a good starting point for anyone thinking of taking it up. There are a few new, what I call 'fluffy' books about beekeeping out there but for the most practical of interests you need a book with meaningful content. And this has it in spades.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good well illustrated guide 6 Nov 2012
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endorsed by the BBKA (British bee keepers association) it is a very good guide if you are just starting to keep bees, want to find out more before you decide if bee-keeping is for you, addresses a number of FAQ's and also helps to brush up on your existing knowledge. It is a good reference work and the illustrations are generally informative and well produced. An ideal bee book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good first book 19 Jan 2013
Having read a few starter bee books and looked at a few more, this is amongst the better. It is up to date (ie has lots of info on bee disease), and is well produced (lots of nice photos). There are a few typo's that need correcting before the second edition, but these are few. It covers all the areas you'll need to know about in your first year or two of beekeeping.

It is a very good book for a starter beekeeper, but should be supplemented with a course and reading some of the FERA information on bee diseases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Guide 3 Feb 2013
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I know from experience that there are many books that are offered on this subject but this is very good and I will lend it to other beekeepers. As ever delivered promptly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding beginners book 4 April 2014
By David
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Excellent book, clearly explained and full of information. Everything is laid out well and a good range covered. Perfect for a beginner like me.
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Well written with clear up to date advice on beekeeping. Wether you are a complete beginner or an improver, this guide is the perfect companion to help you with your beekeeping.
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