This is the book that the DPI uses in its beginner beekeeping courses. It contains a set of simple, easy-to-follow chapters for those who are new to beekeeping, with step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and colour pictures. Information includes modules on using a smoker, buying equipment, catching swarms, maintaining hives, removing and extracting honey, identifying and managing pests, and working safely with bees. 114 full-colour A4 pages.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • General safety precautions
  • Quality assurance
  • Select bee site
  • Assemble and maintain a hive
  • Obtaining bees
  • Light and extinguish a bee smoker
  • Open, inspect, and close a hive
  • Move a hive
  • Seasonal management
  • Catch a swarm
  • Requeen
  • Identify flora for honey production
  • Judging field conditions
  • Remove honey
  • Extract honey
  • Legal considerations for an apiary
  • Health problems and pests in the hive
  • Reducing swarming behaviour
  • Buying second-hand hives and equipment
  • Industry structure and contacts
  • Background knowledge
  • Glossary
  • Safe work method statements
  • Check your skills

 

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