This book is the perfect gift for a beginner beekeeper.

Our staff often use the diagrams in this book to explain new concepts, such as 'under-supering', to new beekeepers. It contains invaluable information tailored to our beekeeping community. It is our most comprehensive beekeeping manual and will be the perfect addition to your club or home library.

Many potential beekeepers are unclear about the equipment they need to buy and how to obtain their first colony. This book is aimed at both novice and intermediate beekeepers, with an Australian perspective. It explains in detail the steps required to manage colonies of bees. Supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, each action to be performed is explained in detail with photographs showing the steps as well as the final result. 

The first chapters in the book explain in detail the equipment needed as well as equipment that may be useful later on as the beekeeper's confidence and experience grows. The fifth chapter, ‘Your First Bees’ explains how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. In addition to chapters on keeping bees, there are detailed chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens. The result is a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books. This is the ultimate Australian reference source.

This book has information on warre and top bar hives as well. 

About the Author
Robert Owen was introduced to the world of beekeeping in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. At first beekeeping was a hobby but it has now evolved into a family business, Bob’s Beekeeping Supplies, that offers beekeeping equipment and education. This book is the culmination of his own years of expertise and experience and also draws on the individual tales he has heard of the challenges and successes of managing honey bees in various environments.


Awesome Book

By: on 2 August 2022
The absolute best book for the beginner beekeeper. The service from Hornsby beekeeping was amazing -ordered Saturday night, in my hands within 48 hours.

Beekeeping manual

By: on 26 October 2021
Excellent illustrated guide adapted to Australian conditions

Australian Beekeeping Manual

By: on 1 August 2019
This manual is an excellent reference for any beekeeper, easy to read and follow.

if there is one bee book this might be the one

By: on 19 September 2016
I've been thinking about beekeeping for a year or so and dipped into the written resources. By far the best I have read so far is The Australian Beekeeping Manual.Even if I don't pursue bee keeping the book has offered a fantastic insight into the world of bees. Highly recommended.

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