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The Secret Lives of Garden Bees

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A friendly, accessible insight into the weird, but wonderful world of bees in your garden.

From the common or garden bumblebees that nest in bird boxes, compost heaps and old mouse holes, making 'Winnie the Pooh' style honey pots to feed their babes, to the quirky wool carder bee; a solitary bee that combs the fluff from garden plants to line her brood cells and the amazing
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 19th 2020 by White Owl
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Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve always loved bees of all kinds, and this is a great introduction to the many different species that are found in gardens in the UK. I enjoyed the lively, informal tone, which nonetheless conveyed plenty of information. Each species that might be in a garden is described, usually with a photograph, and practical tips on how to help them shared. Plants that are bee friendly are suggested. The author also includes a handy seasonal guide, with what bees are likely to be present, and what action ...more
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Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
A book about all things bees! Everything from identification, their life, pollination, building a bee hotel, bee predators, how to help bees, the best things to plant in your gardens for bees is all condensed here in less than 200 pages. Very insightful with amazing photography. I had no idea there was so many different types of bees or that the U.K. only has 3% of the wildflower areas it had before World War One (the countryside must used to have had so much more colour!). Vernon makes a strong ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Secret Lives of Garden Bees is a science based, layman accessible, entertainingly educational primer about our favourite pollinators, bees (and not just honeybees). Due out 19th June 2020 from Pen & Sword on their White Owl imprint, it's 208 pages and will be available in hardcover format.

This is a wonderfully accessible book with a primer of bees including places to find them, how to spot them, what their habits are, and what they look lik
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being a keen gardener I'm interested in everything that is related to the gardens and this book was a great source of information about bees.
I learned a lot and I loved the style of writing and how well researched this book is.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Secret Lives of Garden Bees by author Jean Vernon is a wonderfully informative instructional guide for all you want to know about bees for your your garden. I had no idea there were so many species of bees and other insects which can mimic bees. The importance of bees for our gardens is imperative for pollination. The book is written in the UK, but knowledge concerning the protection and promotion of bees for gardening is universal.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunit
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Secret Lives of Garden Bees is a must-read for bee lovers and gardeners everywhere. While it focuses on bees in the UK, the facts and information on protecting bees will be helpful for everyone. The photography is fantastic and adds greatly to the well-written and informative text.
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