Beekeeping for Dummies

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The fast and easy way to start and maintain a hive

Beekeeping For Dummies is a practical, step–by–step beginner′s guide to beekeeping. It gives you plain–English guidance on everything you need to know to start your own beehive, from buying the right equipment, sourcing bees, and locating your hive to maintaining a healthy colony and harvesting honey. Plus, you′ll get the latest information on the causes and effects of bee disease, colony collapse disorder, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honeybee has on our environment and economy.

Here, you′ll get trusted information on beekeeping in the UK, specifically written to address climate, buying equipment, locating hives, the local impact of colony collapse disorder and ways to avoid or minimise the risk to your hive, seasonal beekeeping tasks, local beekeeping associations, and updated content on urban beekeeping.

  • Understand the anatomy of your bees
  • Learn techniques and tips for harvesting, bottling, packaging, and selling honey
  • Discover the benefits of beekeeping
  • Learn techniques on obtaining and hiving your bees
If you′re a beginner beekeeper, taking a beekeeping course, or just have an interest in the plight of the honeybee, Beekeeping For Dummieshas you covered!



From the Back Cover


Learn to:

  • Understand the amazing behaviour of your honey bees
  • Obtain and hive your first colony
  • Deal with pests and diseases that may harm your bees
  • Harvest your own honey

A honey of a guide to getting started in beekeeping from sourcing your bees to harvesting your sweet reward

Your complete guide to beekeeping in virtually any setting city, town or country Beekeeping For Dummies, UK Edition gives you step–by–step instructions on all practical aspects of starting and maintaining a beehive and reaping the many rewards.

  • To bee or not to bee discover the many benefits of beekeeping, while learning about bee anatomy, language, habits, complex social organisation, and a typical day in the life of a bee
  • The adventure begins everything you need to know about starting a hive, including locating the hive, buying equipment, choosing and sourcing the right kind of honey bees, and more
  • Up close and personal find out how to open your beehive and get to know your bees and their world from the inside, as well as the different tasks involved with keeping the hive buzzing along
  • A healthy bee is a happy bee anticipate, diagnose and solve problems that can beset a hive, including common illnesses and pesky pests such as mites and insects
  • Sweet rewards get the lowdown on the equipment you need to reap your golden harvest along with step–by–step directions to harvesting and bottling your honey
  • Fun stuff learn to brew mead, bake the best honey cake, plant flowers for your bees, make beeswax candles, and make two hives from one

Open the book and find:

  • Explanations of bee anatomy and physiology
  • Tips on safely extracting honey
  • The benefits of beekeeping
  • The best ways of buying and hiving your bees
  • Beekeeping tasks throughout the year
  • Bee diseases and threats
  • How to keep your neighbours happy
  • Lists of regional associations and equipment suppliers


About the Author


David Wiscombe is a beekeeping expert who has been keeping bees for over 50 years. He also teaches novice beekeepers and runs the beekeeping course at River Cottage. Howland Blackiston has more than 20 years′ experience keeping bees. He has written many articles on beekeeping and been a keynote speaker at conferences in over 40 countries.