The Beekeeper's Field Guide: A Pocket Guide to the Health and Care of Bees
This guide is a diagnostic tool and an aide memoire for the hobbyist and for the professional beekeeper, who may know what to do but will at times need the information close to hand. It includes: - A troubleshooting guide to problems with colonies and queen bees - A guide to the field diagnosis, treatment and control of diseases - Seasonal apiary management checklists - Hive product harvesting checklists - The beekeeper's ready reckoner The second and revised edition of this fully illustrated and handy guide to the apiary brings the science and craft of beekeeping to beekeepers right where they need it - in the field with the bees. Contents: Preface; List of figures; List of photographs; List of tables; Picture credits; Introduction; Part A: Setting up an Apiary; Part B: Crops, Trees and Plants for Bees; Part C: Troubleshooting Guide to Field Operations; Part D: Swarm Prevention and Control; Part E: Queen Bees; Part F: Honey Harvest Procedures; Part G: Hive Checks; Part H: Pests and Diseases; Part I: A Beekeeper's Ready-reckoner; Part J.
DAVID CRAMP BSc has been a beekeeper for 20 years. He spent a year at the Bee Research Unit at the University of Wales (Cardiff) where he gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Apiculture. He then kept bees in various remote parts of Spain specialising in organic honey production, before moving to New Zealand in 2004 to manage a 4000 hive pollination and manuka honey beekeeping operation. He has written extensively for the UK, US and Spanish bee press, as well as editing the online beekeeping magazine Apis UK. David is also the author of the bestselling and comprehensive A Practical Manual of Beekeeping.