by Beowulf A. Cooper (Hardback) 166pp 1986
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Beowulf Cooper was one of the founding members of what is now the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA). The fundamental drive behind this organisation is that the best honeybee for the British Isles is the native dark bee (Apis Mellifera Mellifera) and that contrary to popular belief the native bee had not been wiped out by the so called “Isle of Wight disease” in the early twentieth century.
When Cooper died in 1982 he left behind a number of published leaflets and a vast collection of notes, this book was edited together posthumously from these by Philip Denwood.
While the main focus of this book is breeding native British bees much of the material is general in nature and can be appreciated by any bee keeper, not just breeders and BIBBA members.
Coopers love and enthusiasm for the subject is obvious from the writing and makes this book a joy to read as well as a valuable reference work. (Russell Heilling)