Reviews for Keeping Bees in Towns & Cities

Book News Reviews
Keeping bees in urban environments is a centuries old tradition and this new volume from London-based professional beekeeper Luke Dixon provides a practical primer for modern city dwellers on this satisfying and environmentally important hobby. Packed with full-color illustrations and useful tips, the volume discusses topics such as hive types and selection, buying bees, maintenance and bee health, honey harvesting, and year round bee keeping procedures. An additional section provides case studies and examples of successful bee keeping operations in a variety of urban environments from around the world. This volume will be of interest to backyard gardeners wanting to take the next step in urban homesteading. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Library Journal Reviews 2013 January #1

Dixon, a professional beekeeper in Soho, London, walks readers through the different types of bee boxes on the market, which species are best for keepers, a bee's life cycle inside a hive, the creatures' mating habits, and which plants stimulate healthy nectar production. Supported by vivid, full-color photographs, the book is rounded out with a section called "Reports from the Field," which includes firsthand accounts from urban and suburban beekeepers all over the world. While Dixon's passion for this contemplative hobby shines through in his prose, the book may not be comprehensive enough for complete beginners. For example, when listing different diseases that affect bees, he tells readers the best time of year to treat them, but, with the exception of the varroa mite, does not disclose how. A comprehensive resource list is included for those hoping to expand their bee education. VERDICT Dixon's descriptions of bee behavior (beehavior?) during each season create a solid overview. A worthy supplement to any beekeeping collection.--Erin Shea, Darien Lib., CT

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