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Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities [Paperback]

Luke Dixon
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4 Oct 2012
If you long for your own hive but you live in a town - this book s for you! Luke Dixon argues the case for urban beekeeping and then tells the reader everything they need to know about how to do it. From siting hives and reassuring the neighbours, to combating interference from wind, artificial light and predators, this one-stop reference takes the urban beekeeper from set-up to first honey harvest. Luke Dixon offers advice on equipment, planting, swarm prevention and management, and selling honey.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604692871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604692877
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke's work as a theatre director has embraced Love and the Revolution with the Berliner Ensemble, The Golem with Theater Brostowska in Prague and Bratislava, Age of the Saints in Dublin, the British tour of Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, UK productions of Jonson's Bartholomew Fair and the musicals Blood Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver, and in London the devised site specific pieces Singing the Body Electric (Serpentine Gallery) and It's a Wonderful Life (Marylebone Station). He has also worked widely in the world of contemporary burlesque.
Recent work has included A Midsummer Night's Dream in South Africa, Sweetness & Light in London and Colchester and A Summer of Ecosex (with Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens) in France and England. He is currently working on CORPUS - writings on the human body.
His productions for theatre nomad, of which he was Artistic Director for 20 years, included Macbeth, Miss Julie, Duke Bluebeard's Castle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Survivors, As You Like It, At Break of Day, Pericles and Triumphant Desire. These productions have been seen in China, North America, South Africa, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Czech and Slovak Republics, Spain and the UK.
Luke is internationally known for his innovative theatre workshops. He has run workshops on Shakespeare in the townships of South Africa, on trance performance in England, on the acting of gender in North America and on text and theatre skills in schools and colleges around the world.

In the summer months Luke escapes from the theatre and keeps bees in places as diverse as Kensington Palace, London's Natural History Museum, the London School of Economics and the London College of Fashion.

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From Hong Kong to Harvard, Kyoto to Los Angeles, Dixon has found beehives and bees, often with a distinct regional twist. A traditional Japanese beehive, for example, has an unmistakable flavour of the temple pagoda about it; one in Tucson, Arizona, a touch of Donald Judd. But all have one thread in common: the sheer delight of keeping bees. --Emma Townshend- The Independent

About the Author

Luke Dixon is a professional beekeeper based in London. His clients include Kensington Palace, the London College of Fashion, Ted Baker, the London School of Economics, Coram s Fields, Jordans Cereals and the National Magazine Company. He also works with schools and community groups to promote beekeeping. He keeps his own hives in the gardens of London s Natural History Museum.

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5.0 out of 5 stars RECOMMENDED: Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities 27 Jun 2014
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Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities (2012), by Luke Dixon, is a very useful book - for all beekeepers - with much beekeeping wisdom and practical information - about buying bees and honey harvest and much more. I love the colourful pictures, I love the chapter The Nectar Garden, From Plants to Honey and the inspiring Reports from the Field. - In Bergen, Norway, we are a small group of beekeepers who are going to use this book in a urban beekeeping course in the autumm 2014. Be smart: Buy this book, get inspired, join a beekeeping course and become an urban beekeeper! Or plant lots of nectar plants in your garden or on your balcony!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 28 May 2013
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Great book and great read. Very informative and has good stories from other bee keepers. Luke knows his stuff when it comes to Bees.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but no substance 26 Feb 2013
By mixa
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This book looks good, but has very little of any worth inside. There's nothing about what to do when things don't go exactly as expected, and in beekeeping they very rarely do; anodyne advice like 'Best to avoid an emergency swarming situation if you can' is, frankly, useless. There are much better books than this one, which is going straight to the charity shop to disappoint someone else.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is such a lovely book! Having kept bees for a number of years & read many books on the subject, this one is a real breath of fresh air. It's very clearly written and packed with useful information without being off-puttingly over complex as so many bee books are. The chapters are sensibly divided so it is practical to refer to for specific information but it is also exceptionally well illustrated with fascinating and unusual photographs. I especially liked the interviews with beekeepers which demonstrate that there are as many ways of approaching the task as there are people who do it. An excellent read for those who keep bees and those who don't (but probably will want to after they have read it).
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not For Beekeepers 5 Oct 2012
By Angela
There have been two other very similar books published in the last twelve months and this one is no different from either. I found this rather whimsical, naieve and of no real practical value being neither guide book or an accurate reflection of beekeeping in a town. Crucially, it gives no real indication of the amount of skill required to keep bees not to mention the time and the money. Beekeeping is hard work! And sometimes very disappointing but always challenging. It is so simplistic that it is of little use and gives the impression that you can plonk a box of bees in a garden, look at them once a week and then reap loads of honey. But it far more complex than that. As a beekeeper I found joining our local group invaluable where I learnt from beekeepers way ahead of me in experience. You'd learn far more that way than reading a book like this. Our local association has recommended a book published by the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA Guide to Beekeeping) who have the gravitas and know how to legitimately claim themselves as experts. My favourite section was on how other people keep bees around the world but there are whole books dedicated to that subject that are more entertaining. Planting for bees was quite useful. Jack of all trades and master of none.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 8 Oct 2012
I didn't think this explained things very we'll. I was more confused by the end of it. TBH the second bit was useless so I didn,t read it., I would rather have had more of the stuff in the first half. Not the best book for beginners.
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