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on 10 May 2014
The way farming is going in this country with the use of neo-nicotinoids, urban bees will be the ones to survive & thrive, particularly as more & more local governments & townsfolk switch on to the necessity of pesticide free parks & gardens.
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.