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The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping

Handbook / Manual

By: Ivor Davis(Author), Roger Cullum-Kenyon(Author), David Aston(Foreword By)

216 pages, 100+ colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations

Bloomsbury Publishing

Paperback | Aug 2018 | Edition: 2 | #241753 | ISBN-13: 9781472962430
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NHBS Price: £18.99 $25/€22 approx
Paperback | Sep 2015 | Edition: 2 | #226749 | ISBN-13: 9781472920898
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The number of people interested and active in keeping bees at an amateur level has continued to increase over the past few years in both rural and urban situations. The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping, aimed at beginning beekeepers, and the only one to be endorsed by the BBKA provides an authoritative text, along with clear photographs and illustrations.

The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping introduces the reader to beekeeping, including such areas as the workings of the colony, the structure of a hive, how to acquire bees and keep them healthy and what happens in each month in a beekeeping year. Each chapter is accompanied by anecdotes, answers to frequently asked questions and fascinating facts about bees and honey.

The new edition includes new step-by-step sequences to illustrate procedures such as containing a swarm, identifying the queen, using a smoker and cleaning a hive as well as more information on different kinds of hives, disease management and many other key areas.

"The word that first comes to mind when reading this book is 'comprehensive. This book contains all the information that you would need to get started in beekeeping and the authors have managed to convey a vast amount of information, complete with many beekeeping tips and techniques, in a concise and helpful way [...] this is an outstanding book."
The British Bee Journal

"This easy-to-follow guide explains everything a novice beekeeper needs to know [...] superb photographs enliven every page."
BBC Wildlfe

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Ivor Davis is a past president of the British Beekeepers Association, a Master Beekeeper and one of the few people to hold a National Diploma in Beekeeping.

Roger Cullum-Kenyon has been a beekeeper for more than 30 years.

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