A second, updated edition of a monograph for the initiated and the uninitiated on the strengths and weaknesses of current bee hive design. The author, John Yates is a much respected beekeeper, a former Chairman of the BBKA Exam Board and retired in 1986 as Chairman of his own consulting engineering company. It is in his professional role as a registered Chartered Engineer that he approaches the many problems associated with beekeeping discussed in this very important monograph which will be welcomed by old and new beekeepers alike. He believes very strongly that the older and experienced beekeepers should give something back to the craft: this is part of his contribution. This title will be of great interest to those who are interested in the tools of the craft.