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Monday, 30 March 2020

The Secret Lives of Garden Bees by Jean Vernon - Book Review

Now if you're gonna Google 'all about bees' then let me save you the time. Grab yourself a copy of Jean Vernon's new book 'The Secret Lives of Garden Bees' and everything you'll ever need to know will be there and more!

The Secret Lives of Garden Bees simply oooooozes passion. 
Jean's love of bees runs, like honey (see what I did there...lol), from page to page. 
The book is a large 7 x 10 inch hardback that you'll go back to time and time again and is packed with information about the different types of bees, how to spot and how to help these precious creatures.

From bee behaviour, avoiding stings and bee rescue through to plants to grow throughout the year and bee predators, this book contains it all. There's even a section on exploding genitals....yes you read that right. Exploding genitials! Ouch!

My only criticism, from my own personal 'need' in a book that helps you to identify something, is the ease of reference via clear photos and layout. Some of the identification photos are a little blurry and I personally would have preferred every identification photo to have been from above the bee, so markings, shape & size were clear when then trying to identify a bee in my own garden. 

Minor criticism aside, I loved this book. I loved Jean's passion for bees, something that we should all have. The Secret Lives of Garden Bees is essential reading. It's an easy read book, packed with lots of information that even I didn't know about, definitely recommend!




Jean Vernon

1 comment:

Jean Vernon said...

Thanks so much for reviewing my book so beautifully Jane. I am so glad you enjoyed it. It was never meant to be an ID guide there are lots of those already but I do appreciate your frustration. I had a tiny photo budget and those norty bees just wouldn’t stay where I put them fir photos. Not enough budget to buy lots of photos!
Thanks for sharing!

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