Author(s): Robert Owen
Aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper, and supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, this is the ultimate guide to Australian beekeeping. Chapters cover equipment, including the Flow Hive; colony management; pests and diseases; extracting honey; the bee-friendly garden; entering honey in competitions; and native bees. The Australian Beekeeping Manual is the most comprehensive reference for both novice and experienced beekeepers in Australia. The accessible yet detailed text, supported by over 350 full-colour photographs and illustrations, covers all the key areas, including the beekeeping equipment needed, how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. There are also in-depth chapters on the lifecycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, creating a bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, pests and diseases, native bees, and rearing queens. A feature of this 2nd edition is the addition of a new chapter on the Flow Hive. The result is an invaluable beekeeping resource that will be referred to time and again, and which can be taken out to the hive for use as an immediate step-by-step guide or read at leisure.