A Lifetime of Beekeeping Mistakes covers all the basics of managing successful hives from buying in bee stocks and equipment to record keeping, establishing and growing colonies. It considers the merits of different types of hive and provides clear advice on queens, drones, honey extraction, diseases and pests.
The book is written from the voice of experience rather than academic research, and is entirely practical, approachable, and based very much on the right and wrong ways of doing things the author has experienced throughout his beekeeping career.
Geoff Critchley is a Master Beekeeper and has been an examiner for the British Beekeeping Association. For many years he taught beginners for Conwy Beekeeping Association and South Clwyd Beekeeping Association, and has run training courses on queen rearing. Geoff at one time had as many as 60 hives and worked for 3 years as a seasonal bee inspector for the National Bee Unit. At the time of writing he has just two hives but continues to mentor new beekeepers.
1 Starting out
2 Hives and tools
4 Protective clothing
5 Moving bees
6 Records, planning and inspections
7 Queens and swarming
8 Pests and diseases
9 The honey harvest
12 Management through the season
13 Making increase and uniting