A Practical Manual of Beekeeping

How to keep bees and develop your full potential as an apiarist

Beekeeping – A fascinating hobby, a remunerative business, or a globetrotting career? Which type of beekeeper do you want to be? It is entirely up to you: beekeeping can provide it all. Beekeeping can provide anyone with an interesting and useful hobby or a lucrative and rewarding business. It is recognised as a vital agricultural industry and can therefore also offer you a globe-trotting career. The whole subject is, however, often shrouded in mystery and loaded with jargon, leaving many people unaware of its true potential or how to start. This book strips away all the mystery and explains step by step how – from day one – you can start beekeeping as a hobby; how you can progress to running a beekeeping business; or how you can start a career as a beekeeper which can quite easily take you all over the world. No other guide explains in such detail the true potential and accessibility of beekeeping or of being a beekeeper.

David Cramp started beekeeping in 1991 whilst still in the Royal Air Force when his wife gave him a present of a swarm of bees wrapped up in a duvet bag. He kept two WBC hives in an RAF married quarter garden in Lincolnshire and in 1992, he attended a basic beekeeping course at Riseholme college Lincoln. After leaving the RAF went on to do a postgraduate research diploma at the Cardiff University Bee Research Unit under Professor Robert Pickard and Dr Robert Paxton. His thesis was on Drone Congregation Areas.

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