Did you know, as bees get older they become more forgetful? Or that the bee hive is a masterclass is matriarchal living? Ever wondered just how fast a bee can fly? Or just how much honey a bee can make in its little life? Is really true that, if bees go extinct, civilisation could only last four years?
Bees and humans are inseparable. We rely on them not only to pollinate our planet but to sweeten our lives with the fruits of their labours. Honey, royal jelly, beeswax – these golden, hardworking insects have transformed our lives with their quiet diligence, giving us sugary pleasure, illumination and beauty treatments for thousands of years.
In her new book, The Bee Bible, bestselling author Sally Coulthard takes the reader on a fascinating flight through the history, science, folklore, behaviour, and cultural significance of the bee. From the earliest evidence of keeping honeybees to why a bee sting hurts, or how bees talk to each other, make honey and build their hives, this heartwarming guide waxes lyrical on the insect voted the nation's best loved bug.
Sally Coulthard is a bestselling author of design and outdoor living books including Shed Chic, Gardenalia and The Little Book of Building Fires. She lives on a Yorkshire farm where she keeps sheep, chickens and the occasional hedgehog.
"We all want to help the beleaguered bee and Sally Coulthard's latest book The Bee Bible is a great place to start"
– Amateur Gardening
"Sally Coulthard's beautifully presented book explains all you need to know about starting a bee hive, and why you would want to"
– This England
"A useful and beautiful gift [...] Full of fascinating facts"
– Yorkshire Post