In Praise of Bees explores the bees’ place in human society from cave paintings and etchings through to our contemporary world.
This beautiful book’s pages are filled with bee science and practical beekeeping with references to the role of these fascinating creatures in myth, religion, philosophy and folklore.
An in-depth look at bees’ complex society and their present plight, the ongoing political and scientific to and fro regarding pesticides and other threats are also discussed, given the bee’s importance as plant pollinator in agriculture and the wild.
Elizabeth Birchall has long been interested in bee lore and mythology. She was born in Newark on Trent and has had a wide and varied life – from joining the Fleet Air Arm as a Wren aircraft mechanic, practising social worker and manager for various local authorities, interspersed with degrees and diplomas from universities, to a Research Fellow at Stirling University investigating inter-professional cooperation in child protection. Now retired, the author currently lives in the Cotswolds.