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Beekeeping for Beginners

By Andrew Richards (revised by John Phipps)

All too often, books written for new beekeepers carry far too much information which can be confusing for the reader. Andrew’s book is an exception and will help the novice to quickly grasp the basics of beekeeping: How much time will it take and what will it cost? What will the return be? This book covers the basics, the bees, inside the hive, space, materials, options and objectives. Including getting started with clothing, (equipment – all you need to know as a beginner) tools, stock, hives and location and from colony management to managing the colony strength and everything you need to know about swarms and colony protection and to learn more associations and resources. Andrew’s detailed step-by-step guidelines are supported by excellent diagrams and colour photos which support and enhance the text. Andrew Richards, a technical writer by profession and a distinguished Scottish Beekeeper, taught the craft for many years to generations of aspiring beekeepers. His apiary, based in the Scottish lowlands, provided the inspiration for this book.

Beekeeping for Beginners

By Andrew Richards (revised by John Phipps)


Northern Bee Books


February 2014


1st Edition