The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia and explains in detail the steps required to manage colonies of bees. Supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, each action to be performed is explained in detail with photographs showing the steps as well as the final result. Many potential beekeepers are unclear about the equipment they need to buy and how to obtain their first colony of bees.
The first chapters in the book explain in detail the equipment needed as well as equipment that may be useful later on as their confidence and experience grows. The chapter ‘Your First Bees’ explains how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. In addition to chapters on keeping bees, there are detailed chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens. The result is a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books and is the ultimate Australian reference source.
About the Author
Robert Owen was introduced to the world of beekeeping in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. At first beekeeping was a hobby but it has now evolved into a family business, Bob’s Beekeeping Supplies, that offers beekeeping equipment and education. This book is the culmination of his own years of expertise and experience and also draws on the individual tales he has heard of the challenges and successes of managing honey bees in various environments.
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As a relatively new bee keeper and living in a remote region I found it frustrating that most detailed information on the subject was written for the northern hemisphere and climates nothing like Australia. This is an incredibly comprehensive manual that is written in such an easy to read style and is so well structured that it is easy to find whatever you specifically need to know, and in great technical detail if you want it. If not you can gloss over the detail and quickly find exactly what you need. Congratulations to the author I only wish you published 2 years ago when I started bee keeping!
A great reference book and very practical with step-by-step diagrams and photos.
This is a great, concise reference with a focus on Australian beekeeping, and will give you a grounding in every phase of the beekeeping operation. It's a great way to narrow down the information overload, since it seems everyone has an opinion on beekeeping, and half of them are contradictory, or irrelevant to Australian conditions.
"a standout reference for the new beekeeper...Even experienced beekeepers will learn a thing or two...contain(s) a wealth of information and is better value than many bee books currently on the market"
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 15th February 2016
Publisher: Exisle Publishing eBooks
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 18.4 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.22