The Urban Beekeeper: A Year of Bees in the City Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012
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"Steve is a living example of having a dream and living it. His tenacity in developing his urban beekeeping project matches that of the buzzing insects he adores. Be warned his enthusiasm is highly infectious and sure to bring out your inner beekeeper!" (Keith Abel)
"A charming and practical record of Steve Benbow’s life with bees. For me, a novice bee keeper, it is not only a great insight into the world of bees but is also full of practical, useful information" (Jekka McVicar)
"An informative and often touching book… Enthralling" (Mark Mason Spectator)
"An affectionate insight into the life of a London beekeeper" (Countryfile Magazine)
"Heartfelt, honest, practical and inspirational" (Image Interiors & Living)
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This book should be read by people who are thinking that you can't keep bees in towns & cities due to their wild unpredictability with regard to stinging, swarming & generally being frightening wee critters!! They are none of those things & often the only signs that your neighbours have bees in their 10'x10' back yard is when you suddenly have an abundance of apples growing on that apple tree that's been in your garden for years but just never really done terribly well in the apple department!
Although this fellow is what I call a "honey man"; ie someone who deprives the bees of what I consider to be too much of their winter stores for his own profit, he loves his bees & like most of us who keep bees in one way or another, feel extremely passionate about what's out there for them to forage & about the creatures themselves.
It's a hobby that grabs you by the proverbials, expands your horizons to as far as the eye can see & beyond & Steve Benbow is no exception to that rule. He is, however, BBKA trained, thus looks for queen cells in a hive to decide whether or not to remove them as a preventative to swarming (amongst other nefarious practices) which is anathema to me as a low-intervention beekeeper. Having given that caution for those other natural beeks out there who look at this book, it's well written; entertaining & if you don't know so much about beekeeping, some of the information is educational, bearing in mind the BBKA doctrines.
Ultimately it's a cross between a monthly guide/book of tips for the amateur beekeeper, and a love-letter to the bees he farms.
This is one of those books that makes you stop and think about where you are in your life, where your priorities lie and wether you have the guts to have half the character of Steve and follow your dream.
Hats off to him, not only a talented beekeeper but an extremely natural and engaging writer. You'll love it.
Read it for the journey and nuggets of insight from a master. This isn't a practical book. But it's peppered with info and one mans mission to bring bee diversity to urbanism.
Featuring everything from the practical care of bees through the year, this fabulous book is a great read for all lovers of nature urban or rural.It includes recipes each month of the beekeeping year such as honey cake and honey ice cream , children will adore this book as much as grown ups with plenty of great photos to illustrate it along the way.
With his infectious enthusiasm and a witty writing style,Steve draws upon his wealth of country skills and knowledge and applies it to the London landscape from Thames side barges to suburban back gardens painting a picture of a thriving bee community amongst the city maelstrom. A great book for all lovers of real food and nature and a must for both dyed in the wool apiarists and aspirational beekeepers.
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