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Useful and interesting book on the whole
on 1 July 2012
This book offers interesting reading about all types of bees, though it is mostly about the honey bee. It explains why the honey bee is attracted to different plants and has excellent and usable lists of plants and their flowering times, as well as some good garden designs. It's worth buying for these things alone.
However, while some might find the author's anecdotes delightful, this reader found them laboured, and she does tend to write about herself a fair bit. Given that she takes the decline in bee numbers seriously - nothing less than the entire ecosystem is at stake, she tells us - it would have been more interesting and appropriate if she'd left more space to explore this issue and offered her views on it. While she does briefly mention colony collapse disorder, I found it odd that she doesn't also mention that pesticides, such as neonicotinoids, have been implicated in this, especially as she is wary of pesticides herself and avoids using them in her own garden.
All that said, my biggest problem with the book was its binding. I've only had it about a month and pages are already beginning to fall out. A real shame because I do think it is a book worth hanging on to, despite my criticisms.