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4.0 out of 5 stars
good book for beekeepers in the UK, but slightly out of date, 21 May 2007
the best book on beekeeping i have bought BUT it does give a false impression of how easy, spontaneous and predictable beekeeping is. Only the hands on experience of owning your own hives and keeping your own bees will give you a full insight.
My only other fault with this book was despite the fact it is very extensive and probably the best book on the matket it is slightly out of date, not containing some modern beekeeping methods and although it says it is completly up to date on Varroa, it isnt and for that information the best place to go is the DEFRA website at beebase.csl.gov.uk and look at there PDF about the control of the mite, this is the primary reason I didn't give this book 5 stars.
The chapter at the back labelled "flowers for food" gives an extensive overview of the diffrent forage for the bees and is better than other books I have bought that are designed to address solely the issue of bee forage, and it is worth buying the book just for this chapter alone
In conclusion despite being slightly out of date this is the best book I have found so far on beekeeping and no beekeepers book case is complete without it.