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Bees at the Bottom of the Garden (Delete (New Mermaids)) Hardcover – 13 Sep 1984

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (13 Sept. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713624337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713624335
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,180,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bees at the bottom of the garden By Alan Campion, illustrated by Gay Hodgson
If I were asked to recommend one book for the novice beekeeper this would be it. Campion has distilled a large amount of information and presented it in an easy to understand manner. The drawings by Gay Hodgson bring the text to life.
Campion begins with an introduction to the honeybee and the equipment needed to keep them successfully. Choice of hive, siting of the colony and relevant aspects of bee biology are described succinctly.
He then goes on to describe the management of the colony throughout the year and what management steps need to be taken. His description of swarm control with diagrams is very easy to understand.
Diseases of bees are covered briefly but enough information is given for the beginner to understand, and gives guidance on seeking expert help.
I particularly liked his breakdown of the beekeeping year, which shows what the bees, and beekeeper can be expected to do throughout the season.
In my opinion this is an ideal book for the beginner and anyone interested in beekeeping
Mike Bain North Shropshire Beekeepers Association
msbain@globalnet.co.uk
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As a new beekeeper, one becomes overwhelmed by conflicting information from all the other beekeepers with whom one comes in contact. This book is sensible, realistic, and humorous, and doesn't assume that everyone wants at first to know all the amazing science stuff! If you only buy one beekeeping book,(which you won't) make this the one! It will tell you all you need to know to start. Don't forget the bees have been doing it longer than you!
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Having thought about bee keeping for the last couple of years I decided to look into the realities of it slightly more than the occasional internet search. Several of the beekeeping equipment suppliers sell this book and also include it in their 'starters pack' so I decided it must be a good introduction to the subject. The book gives a good overview to the fascinating world of beekeeping and will lead onto reading more advanced books in the future. It has definitely given me a greater understanding of what I am actually seeing whilst at apiary meetings and looking inside the hives. Definitely recommended reading for a bee-ginner!
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I bought this book as its the text book that all the "bee keeping starter" kits come with and I'm disappointed.

It does contain useful information and if you were to take up bee keeping and only read one book then it probably contains all the information you need. But, it does come across as a book written by an amateur in that the information is uneven in depth. (Obviously most bee books are written by amateurs but the layout, diagrams, pictures and depth of information of other books, for example "Guide to bees and Honey" come across much more like a professionally written and edited book.)

What really irritates me about this book is that it has been revised badly. There are page references which are incorrect as the page numbers would have changed I guessed when it was revised. It refers to the national beekeeping unit in a number of places and then the reference is missing/ has changed. I'm so irritated that I want to ask the publishers for my money back as I believe they have failed in their basic duty of care to read/check the book after its been revised. (To get this in perspective 98% of the information is still correct and useful, but you are about to pay money for something that should written and edited properly.)

If you only buy one bee text book then buy the "Guide to bees and Honey" before this one. The Guide to bees and Honey is more of a text book, so if you want an easy read just to introduce you to keeping bees then go for Keeping Bees: A Complete Practical Guide
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As someone who's interested in becoming a beekeeper I researched for the best book to buy in order to read up on the subject. Not only are the recommendations spot on for this being the best book to buy, but in my opinion it's THE book to buy. It's breadth and scope of information is incredible for such a slender book, no space is wasted and each page contains information that feels important and worth my time reading about. All in all a fantastic little book for those interested in bees.
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This was recommended by a beekeeping friend as an excellent reference for the novice British beekeeper, which I decidedly am - British and novice and, since very recently , a beekeeper, that is! I've already referred to it within a day of getting my bees and had the answer quickly. Relatively short book but is a good read in its own right; the author speaks from experience and covers the basics very well and clearly. He refers to his own preferred methods but discusses other possibilities as well, so gives a range of options and recommendations. All very confidence boosting, and at this stage, I need all the confidence I can get!
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This book is ideal for someone who thinks they might like to keep bees. It gives practical help and advice and it outlines the pitfalls that may help one actually decide to get their own hive and colony of bees.
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This book was purchased to help me get started with bee-keeping in my garden. It is comprehensive, readable and very helpful. I get endless pleasure picking through it to get tips and ideas, and the pictures are amusing and instructive in equal measure. A real help to get started in bee-keeping.
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