What sets the Bee Manual apart from other books on this increasingly popular subject is the no-nonsense Haynes approach, including step-by-step sequences and instructions, carefully illustrated with specially created diagrams and full colour photography, primarily by the authors themselves. The manual covers everything from how a bee colony operates and thrives to techniques for swarm control. Diagrams show how beekeepers can work with the bees to help carry out pollination activities and maximise the honey crop. It includes advice on the honey bee's life cycle, choosing equipment and obtaining bees, finding and laying out an apiary, how to inspect a colony, handle frames and control the bees and dealing with the honey crop. It also explains what the most common pests and diseases are and how to prevent them.
Authors: Claire and Adrian Waring
Published: 2 June 2011