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Not For Beekeepers,
This review is from: Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 9 Oct 2012 23:33:27 BDT
i think you're right. I did think that the BBKA book, the Brian McCallum book and the David Wootton book were better than Luke Dixon's book.
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