Full Book List
Full book list of all available new books. Alphabetical by author.
Discover the wonders of beekeeping, from establishing a hive to caring for bees, from harvesting the honey and wax to using it in marvellous recipes for food and handmade beauty products.Beekeeping by Dominique Devito – A primer on starting and keeping a hive, an American title gives sound advice for the beginner. It has a particularly interesting chapter on cooking with honey.
Since 1859 many thousands of queen honeybees of foreign race have been imported
into this country with the apparent intention of producing better bees than those already here, but it can be shown that this has had the opposite result. It is out considered opinion that the major problem of beekeepers at the present time is the excessive number of mongrel bees in the country. Many of these mongrels are bad tempered, swarmy, relatively unproductive, unthrifty, and unsuited to cope with the vagaries of the climate. This poses social problems for the beekeeper and his neighbours and economic and management problems for the beekeepers. Unfortunately neither of these problems is as yet recognised by many in the beekeeping community. The prime cause of the problem is the continued importation of foreign bees.
In this country the native honeybee, Apis mellifera mellifera, ie, the Dark European honeybee, is the bee most suited to the climate. Contrary to popular belief, it still exists in a pure state and can be distinguished from mongrel bees and other races. With a National Bee Breeding Programme based on the German system, these bees, some of which already have the good qualities most beekeepers require, could be selectively bred and improved.
Surely, the time has now come for a radical re-appraisal of the state of the honeybee .. at the time of writing there is no recognition of these problems by our national beekeeping organisations and institutions .. this book examines the matter in greater detail and offers guidance to those who are concerns to have better bees.
This book takes us from the beginning of time to the present day to show the ways in which bees and beekeeping, honey and wax, are part of the culture, mythology, theology and folklore of every people in the world. Luke Dixon is a beekeeper during the summer and a theatre director during the winter. He is the resident beekeeper of London’s Natural History Museum and the author of ‘Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities’.
Managing a hive of calmly productive honey bees amid the bustle of a town or city may seem like an attractive prospect, but is it really possible? Luke Dixon shares his wealth of experience in this compelling account that describes how urban bees enjoy excellent health, help pollinate plants, produce rich and plentiful honey, and make for a rewarding hobby. Enhanced by the stories of beekeepers around the world, who describe how honey bees bring a new dimension to city living, the book also provides the practical essentials for the first year, from establishing a hive and reassuring neighbours to sourcing a nucleus, hiving a swarm, and harvesting honey.Luke Dixon is a professional beekeeper based in Soho, London. He manages hives for the London College of Fashion, Ted Baker, and Kensington Palace.
This is a tale, punctuated with short myth-like stories, which describes a honey-hunting episode in darkest Africa at the dawn of civilisation. The prose is magnificent, the stories delightful, a book to take you far, far away from the despoiled world in which we live today.