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Not for the UK,
This review is from: The Barefoot Beekeeper (Paperback)
The method of beekeeping and the hives recommended would have been appropriate in a warmer Britain in the 1800s before the range of pests and diseases we now have. Varroa is now widespread, and sugar dusting as recommended in the book is not an effective control, even though it does decrease the number of mites somewhat. Although a very few beekeepers have 'resistant' bees, most colonies of bees are not likely to survive for more than two or three years unless varroa is controlled.
Although the book contains some useful information, and the author is to be commended for championing beekeeping in as natural way as possible, potential beekeepers would be advised to join a local beekeeping association and follow standard beekeeping practices. Bees can be kept naturally, and pests and diseases controlled, in conventional hives, and the extra cost of these, over that of a home made one, will be repaid many times, both finacially in terms of honey production, and mentally, in seeing your bees survive.
I am a beekeeper with 40 years experience and secretary of a beekeeping association.