Full Book List
Full book list of all available new books. Alphabetical by author.
Ken Pickles , the Wharfedale Beekeeper has written a wide ranging text reviewing his beekeeping philosophy and the underlying reasons for their success. Certainly a must for any Yorkshireman. It recalls Summer evening sitting by his hives, the lure of the craft and all that it is associated with.
Bella, The Queen Bee, rules her hive without mercy. The female bees work ceaselessly. The male drones such as Tom and Harold are rude and lazy. Old bees are pushed out of the hive and left to die. The guard bees perish, fighting earwigs and other more deadly enemies which attack the hive in pursuit of honey. But the most dangerous enemy is the weather for without an adequate stock of honey for the winter the bees will die. And there is the final terrifying battle which Bella must fight with a new rival, the young enchanting Queen Vanessa, a battle which almost destroys them all.
This is a cookbook to celebrate the versatility of that wonderful sweetener, honey, which has been used in cooking since ancient times. Included in this cookbook are more that 180 delicious honey recipes from starters, supper dishes, salad dressings and sauces to puddings, breads, cakes, biscuits, and drinks. Puddings include mouth-watering ice-creams, among them watermelon and raspberry cream ice, redcurrant and honey ice-cream and passionfruit ice-cream; and many more irresistible desserts which range from poached peaches with mascarpone and blackcurrant kissel to toffee crunch honey pudding, atholl brose and honey crème caramel. The recipes in this book are healthy, using honey to sweeten rather that sugar, and the ingredients are wholesome and nutritious.
As a simple birdwatcher I have always been a bit scared by the bewildering world of insects. Bumblebees provide an inviting introduction to this world, and this book is an excellent gateway into the fascinating life of bumblebees.
Found right across the Uk, including in my back garden, bumblebees are familiar as a group, but this book provides the means to identify those species and to understand much more about their variety of behaviour, ecology and lifestyles.
The threats to bumblebees are very similar to those to birds – changes in agricultural practice are of great importance. Recognition of this provides opportunities for the promotion of practices that should benefit the survival of healthy populations of both groups.
I’m delighted that this excellent book has been revised, enlarged, updated and republished. So delighted that, as I write these few words with snow on the ground outside my home, I am waiting with some impatience for the first sunny days of spring when I resolve to banish my fears and start getting to grips with these wonderful little beasts. Why don’t you too?
Dr Mark A very
Conservation Director, RSPB
What on Earth? encourages children to connect with and discover the world around them:
Bees are a vital part of our planet. What on earth are they all about?
Explore … The different types of bees and how they make honey.
Investigate … The best flowers for bees by making a nectar cafe.
Create … A bumble bee home and learn how to dance like a bee!
The author is not concerned with Bee-keeping, but with the sacredness of the Bee, with her purity, with the Honey which figures so largely in early religious rites and which was known to the Greeks as the ‘Food of the Gods’. We are told of the myths and superstitions connected with the Bee, which are found among the folklore of many peoples, of the story that she was ‘Ox-born’, was a symbol of the soul of man, and that she was the only creature who came to the earth unchanged from Paradise. The concluding chapter deals with beelore today among many of the primitive peoples of Asia, Africa, and Australia .. This is the most important book written on the bee in folklore & myths. Its world coverage explains the reason for this premier position.
Bees are an essential part of our natural world and their importance in pollinating our food crops cannot be overstated. Over a third of the world’s food is dependent upon pollinators, of which the honey bee Apis mellifera is possibly the most important. This comprehensive and informative book introduces newcomers to the fascinating and rewarding craft of beekeeping and honey production and sets out in simple terms the needs of this complex creature.Topics covered within the book include:• Setting up your first hive• How to handle bees correctly and with confidence• Practical advice on the honey harvest• Winter feeding and inspection• Marketing your bee products and the legal requirements• Diseases, how to avoid them and how to deal with them
An account of the trials and tribulations of bee farming by one of its most successful practitioners. John Rawson was a bee farmer for 42 years and at various times acted as Chairman and Vice Chairman of The Bee Farmers Association of Great Britain.
A close-up view of the secret lives of bees. Combining gorgeous photography and engaging text, A Short History of the Honey Bee follows the journey from flower to hive to honey throughout history – including chapters on beekeeping, how lives work, turning nectar into honey, and why the honey bee’s well-being is vital to us all.Images by Ilona