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The Australian Beekeeping Manual

The Australian Beekeeping Manual
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Robert Owen

The Australian Beekeeping Manual

Robert Owen

The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia and 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. Many potential beekeepers are unclear about the equipment they need to buy and how to obtain their first colony of bees. The first chapters in the book explain in detail the equipment needed as well as equipment that may be useful later on as their confidence and experience grows. The 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 and is the ultimate Australian reference source.

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.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback (PLC) | 242 mm x 184 mm | Colour, approx 350 Illustrations | 


The Amateur Beekeeper, August 2016

"a standout reference for the new beekeeper...Even experienced beekeepers will learn a thing or two...contain(s) a wealth of information and is better value than many bee books currently on the market"

Better Homes and Gardens, April 2016

"A well-illustrated hardback with more than 350 photos. A good mix of the entertaining and the technical, it includes excellent tips on creating bee-friendly gardens."

Great review of The Australian Beekeeping Manual from Better Homes and Gardens 

Organic Gardening, January 2016

“A valuable reference for anyone wanting to raise and nurture bees. Everything is covered.”

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The Weekly Times, January 2016


“THE Australian Beekeeping Manual with its colour photographs and illustrations would not look out of place on the coffee table. Yet, it is unlikely to make it there, let alone to a bookshelf. It will, more than likely, live in a glovebox or backpack so it can be consulted outdoors or in the workshop as a ready reference for beekeepers.”

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Your Garden, January 2016

“This timely book has more than 350 detailed instructional photos and illustrations…this is a manual with everything you need to know.

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Home Ideas Magazine, January 2016

“With years of experience and expertise…Robert Owen shares his knowledge on how to get started, bee-friendly gardens and so much more.

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American Bee Journal, November 2015

“…a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books.”

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Sanctuary Magazine, November 2015

“This manual can help apiarists avoid the pitfalls and understand the process, and is perfect for the novice through to the lifelong beekeeper.”

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Seven Canaries, November 2015

“Robert Owen, author of the recently released book The Australian Beekeeping Manual  – written specifically for Australian beekeepers – shares tips on how to create a bee-friendly garden, whether you’re a beekeeper, or just want to encourage bees to visit your garden.”

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The Weekly Review, November 2015

“With bees’ dwindling numbers a hot topic, Bob says locals can assist honey and native bees by planting a wide range of flowering plants.”

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Australasian Beekeeper, November 2015

“…an excellent, but above all extremely comprehensive reference book, that is at the same time...eminently readable.”

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The Hort Journal, November 2015

“…a very timely and valuable book for production nurseries who may want to start keeping bees, or for garden centres to stock the book for sale to customers.”

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Sydney Morning Herald, November 2015

“If you’d like to have a go at housing bees for honey, Robert Owens’ just published Australian Beekeeping Manual is a good place to start.”

Good Organic Gardening, November 2015

“This extensively illustrated book, specifically tailored to Australian conditions, is the fruit of (Robert Owens’) experience providing detailed information on every facet of apiculture… You could call it the bee-all, and end-all.”

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The Australian Bee Journal, October 2015

“the illustrations and photographs are outstanding and enhance the readability immeasurably. Professional educators and trainers should consider this as a suitable reference text, and every beekeeping group in Australia should have at least a copy in their libraries if not recommend that new members purchase a copy for their personal libraries.”

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ABC Local Radio Nationally – The Nightlife with Tony Delroy, October 2015

"The new Bible of the industry."

Gardening Australia, October 2015

“a go-to for up-to-date bee information for hobbyists and professionals”

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Grassroots, October 2015

“If you are looking for a reliable, solid, comprehensive book on beekeeping for Australian conditions, this is it.”

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