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Honey Bees: A Guide to Management
Honey Bees: A Guide to Management
by Ron Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some good hints and tips but definitely not a comprehensive guide, 24 May 2007
I bought this book after I bought Ted Hooper "a guide to bees and honey" and I have found comparing and contrasting the techniques they both put forward very useful in the process of creating my own method of beekeeping. This is a book entirly intended for the use of British beekeepers and to any buyers wishing to keep bees in other countries it is a waste of money.

The book gives a good overview of the life of a honeybee as well as containing a handy table of what times of the year various forage plants flower and I have found this very usefull during the beekeeping season.

Despite this being the reviewed edition of the book that was apparently updated in 1998, it is still devoid of much modern information on pests and diseases(especially the dreaded varroa mite) aswell as the fact that some of the beekeeping techniques described in this book are very strange, such as Ron Brown's individual way of carrying out an artificial swarm.It probaly works but is more hastle and he uses method I have never heard of anywhere else. The fact that the book is missing some essential modern beekeeping developments is the primary reason I only gave this book 3 stars.

In conclusion I would buy this book along with Ted Hoopers "guide to bees and honey" and compare the two as both contain valuble information, but unlike Ted Hoopers book Ron Browns "honey bees: a guide to managment" is by no means a comprehensive guide as it is nowhere near thorough enough and also does not provide a satisfactory guide to extracting, processing and bottling honey. This and the out of date information in the book are definitely its shortfalls but it does provide some handy hints and tips I have not been able to find elswhere.

Guide to Bees and Honey
Guide to Bees and Honey
by Ted Hooper
Edition: Paperback

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book for beekeepers in the UK, but slightly out of date, 21 May 2007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 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.

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