"The Bee Book" is a guide to all things bee aimed at the general reader. Fergus Chadwick, co-author and final year undergraduate in Biological Sciences, wrote the first section which goes through the science and natural history of bees; their evolution, diversity, threats, ecology etc. including a lot of research that actually came out of Oxford.
The Dorling Kindersley ethos is presenting complicated ideas through the extensive use of diagrams and by keeping the text as concise as possible which makes it difficult to explain concepts like haplodiploidy or wing biomechanics in fewer than 20 words!
The subsequent sections (written by other authors) cover gardening for bees, beekeeping and enjoying the products of bees. The book is due to be released on March 1st and is available for pre-order now http://bit.ly/1QHxtsI . Although initially for sale only the the UK and US, the rights to sell the book have currently been bought in France, French Canada, Spain and the Netherlands.
The Bee Book showcases/draws inspiration quite a few bits of work done in the Plant Science and Zoology departments including:
- The Circe Principle (Tonya Lander [also David Boshier and Stephen Harris as then supervisors])
- The War Bee (Stu West, see department news story http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/node/452)
- Bee Pheromones (Tristram Wyatt http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/node/417)
- Bumblebee Flight (Oxford Flight Group)
- Neonicotinoid Pesticide risk (Charles Godfray, Angela McLean, Gill Petrokofsky)
Online Summary (via Waterstones)
Bees are a marvel of nature and vital to human existence. The Bee Book is a great introduction to bees and beekeeping and celebrates the wonder of bees in nature, in our gardens and in the hive. A honey bee visits up to 1,000 flowers a day yet produces only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. The Bee Book offers startling insights into the lives of bees and shows how we can best support and benefit from their presence in our gardens and hives. Marvel at the industry and intelligence of bees, the turbulent life of a queen and the remarkable properties of honey. This book includes recipes for simple home remedies and beauty treatments using honey, wax and propolis, such as a honey and clay facial mask, or a sunburn lotion. Follow our step-by-step guides to create bee-friendly spaces such as bee 'hotels', read about beekeeping, harness the power of honey for your wellbeing and guard the future of the bee.
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd