Bees are a marvel of nature and vital to human existence. The Bee Book is a great introduction to bees and beekeeping and celebrates the wonder of bees in nature, in our gardens and in the hive.
A honey bee visits up to 1,000 flowers a day yet produces only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. The Bee Book offers startling insights into the lives of bees and shows how we can best support and benefit from their presence in our gardens and hives. Marvel at the industry and intelligence of bees, the turbulent life of a queen and the remarkable properties of honey. The Bee Book includes recipes for simple home remedies and beauty treatments using honey, wax and propolis, such as a honey and clay facial mask, or a sunburn lotion.
Follow our step-by-step guides to create bee-friendly spaces such as bee 'hotels', read about beekeeping, harness the power of honey for your wellbeing and guard the future of the bee.
Emma Tennant writes the popular beekeeping blog Miss Apis Mellifera and is a member of Ealing Beekeepers' Association, London, where she keeps several hives.
Fergus Chadwick is a beekeeper and biology researcher at Somerville College, Oxford, specialising in the impact of pesticides on bee behaviour.
Steve Alton is a beekeeper and horticulturalist who worked for 13 years at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, was Deputy Editor for BeeCraft, journal of the British Beekeepers' Association, and now runs a company selling bee-friendly seed mixes.