A Honey­bee Heart has Five Open­ings

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild At Home - Kate Bradbury Wildlife gar­dener and au­thor

HELEN JUKES, SI­MON & SCHUS­TER, £14.99 The na­ture-writ­ing mem­oir is a well-trod­den path, but this story of a year of be­gin­ner-level bee­keep­ing is beau­ti­fully writ­ten and in­for­ma­tive. Au­thor Helen Jukes moves from Lon­don to Ox­ford, where she starts a new job (that she hates) and, to ef­fect change in her life, de­cides to keep hon­ey­bees in her back gar­den. Em­bark­ing on her jour­ney, she ob­ses­sively re­searches the in­ner work­ings of the hive, im­mers­ing her­self in her new wards and shar­ing what she learns from other bee­keep­ing tomes. A charm­ing, gen­tle and pleas­ant story that teaches a lot about hon­ey­bees.

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