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The Australian Beekeeping Manual

The Australian Beekeeping Manual
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Step-by-step instructions are supported by over 350 photographs
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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. 
  • Step-by-step instructions are supported by over 350 photographs and drawings that explain in detail the steps needed for successful colony management.
  • The only beekeeping book published globally that includes a comprehensive chapter on how to enter honey in competition.
  • Includes a chapter on native bees, the unacknowledged pollinators of Australia.
  • Self-contained chapters mean the book can be dipped into as a quick reference or read from beginning to end.
  • Includes information on bumblebees, European wasps and the Asian Honey Bee, all three of which are found in Australia but which are not covered in other Australian beekeeping books in any detail.
  • 242 x 184 mm
  • Hardback       
  • 352 pages 
Robert Owen is the director of Bob’s Beekeeping Supplies, which 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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