The Bee Manual provides a complete and easy-to-follow reference to the intriguing world of the honey bee and the addictive craft of beekeeping. Aimed at the novice but also containing plenty to interest the experienced beekeeper, the Bee Manual presents no-nonsense advice, facts and step-by-step sequences, as well as plenty of relevant photographs and diagrams. Find out how to work with these fascinating insects to enable them to thrive, carry out their pollination activities and produce a satisfying honey crop-and you could also play a part in reversing the decline in the number of bee colonies.
The honey bee, its life cycle and activities, and how the colony operates
The honey bee in the environment and its importance in pollination.
Choosing equipment and obtaining bees.
Finding and laying out an apiary.
How to inspect a colony, handle frames and control the bees.
Advice on swarm prevention and control.
Dealing with the honey crop.
Uses for honey, beeswax and propolis.
Detection and control of the main honey bee pests and diseases.
Authors: Claire & Adrian Waring, Foreword by Billy Turnbull