The author wrote this book with the welfare of bees in mind. He has made it appropriate for all: those who are thinking of taking up beekeeping, novices and experienced practitioners. He recognises that to fully understand bees takes a beekeeper a long time and requires much observational study. In the UK where the beekeeping season is short and most beekeepers keep only one or two colonies, the understanding of bees must therefore be gleaned from visiting apiaries, talking with others, and learning from their triumphs (and perhaps disasters). To assist in this process, Ken Pickles has written about his long-term involvement with bees: his experience of small- and large-scale beekeeping, and relating anecdotes from visiting beekeepers local to his home in Wharfedale in the north of the UK and far away while visiting a bee farm in Canada.
2009, 101 pages