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Citrine



Joined: 30 Apr 2008
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Location: Kent
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 08 9:21 am    Post subject: Bee Books  Reply with quote    

..there are so many of them. Can anyone recommend a beginners book that actually is helpful? What has everyone else found useful, in the early years??

Thanks

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 08 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you're going to buy only one, I'd recommend Ted Hooper's 'Guide to Bees and Honey' - despite the fact that he is a bit fascist in his dislike of WBC hives, it's got pretty much everything you need in there and we found it very easy to understand.

Citrine



Joined: 30 Apr 2008
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 08 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brilliant, thanks for that Chez

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 08 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The other one that is recommended because Ted Hooper's is a bit out of date now is Clive De Bruyn's book - Practical Beekeeping which is an excellent book to compliment Ted Hooper's classic book

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Practical-Beekeeping-Clive-Bruyn/dp/1861260490

Also I would heartily recommend taking out a subscription to Beecraft - the Journal of the BBKA - It always has the most upto date information in it and also has a beginners diary - which I find really useful

http://www.bee-craft.com/

I think armed with those - you have everything you need to begin beekeeping however it won't be long before your get interested in other stuff - I went to a Beekeeping convention this weekend and I've come home with a list of books that is nearly as long as my arm and all look like fascinating reading especially a couple on pollen

Citrine



Joined: 30 Apr 2008
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 08 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks - I know what you mean, I'm getting like it already!!

Going for my first beekeeping lesson tonight - will look like Michelin Man in my suit, am sure I'll get laughed at!!

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