David Heaf's amazing work is now available in the United States! Dr. Heaf provides his insight into the recent bee losses, looking at the potentially harmful aspects of modern methods such as frames, foundation, artificial insemination, feeding and medication. He offers his justification for the foundationless, frame-free approach used in Warre beekeeping.
Posted by Bill on 17th Mar 2013
This book provides lots of good information about beekeeping for people interested in "approaches" (e.g. am i trying to control the bees, assist the bees, or just be friendly to the bees) and about a lot of detailed information that is useful to intermediate and advanced beekeepers.
BUT i was looking for an introduction to top-bar Warre hives and this is not it.
It would be really hard for a novice or beginner beekeeper to follow. All the technical language (e.g. supersedure) shows up in the prologue, introduction, early chapters and unless you have some context - well, you'll just be lost.
The other problem - Most of the introduction was upside down inside the book. Not a terrible problem, you can still read it, but you have to go upside down for about 15 pages. Just seems a shame.
Beautiful pictures of comb and warre hives and accessories.