Full Book List
Full book list of all available new books. Alphabetical by author.
This is the charming story of how gardener Alys Fowler learned to keep bees, and urban beekeeper Steve Benbow learned to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. It is a rule-breaking, wildlife-friendly, honey-dripping record of the trials and joys of working with – rather than against – nature.
“A third of all that we eat, and much of what we wear, relies on pollination by honeybees. So if – or when – the world loses its black and yellow workers, the consequences will be dire. What is behind this catastrophe? “Part eulogy, part global wake-up call, the book is highly readable, and makes light work of hard evidence” Elliott Cannel, PAN Europe Newsletter.”If you want a story that shows how our species is beginning to walk dangerously out of step with the rest of nature, then you need look no further than this highly enjoyable, polished, well-researched homage to the honeybee.” Robin McKie, The Observer.”The plight of the honeybee is examined by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum in their surprisingly moving book. In it, the duo reveal why the creatures are disappearing, the dire consequences this can have on our own survival and what we can do to reverse the sad trend.” Metro.”The success of A World Without Bees lies in its explanation of the challenges faced by the honeybee population and the intensiveness of commercial beekeeping, especially in the US.” Ian Douglas, Sunday Telegraph.”An important and timely book.”- Richard Jones, entomologist, BBC Wildlife Magazine Book of the Month.
It is estimated that around 70% of the food we eat is dependent upon pollination by bees and other insects. However with bee populations world-wide on the decline due to factors such as intensive farming, urban sprawl and disease, their vital ecological role is under threat. The need for bees has never been more apparent. Keeping bees and Making Honey is a stunning comprehensive guide to beekeeping, packed with images, information, practical advice, useful resources and even recipes. From understanding bees and their psychology to where to get them from, how to look after them on a day-to-day basis, how best to garden for them and suggestions on things to make with the wax and honey – everything the beekeeper and the entire family ever need to know is here. Environmentally, there has never been a more important time to start beekeeping, nor is there a better antidote to the stresses of everyday life. Keeping Bees and Making Honey is the ideal companion as you add your share to the 1m tonnes of honey that are produced world-wide each year.
Fermented honey drinks are among the oldest alcoholic brews in the world, but have now almost disappeared. This booklet contains a unique range of information drawn from the author’s historical study and experimentation with difference ingredients and recipes. Traditional British Honey Drinks gives details of a wide range of honey-based alcoholic drinks, with tried-and-tested recipes for two dozen different brews. In fact, all the information needed to experiment and sustain the long history of honey brews.
An account of the life of Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey, a world famous beekeeper, by a Devon beekeeper who travelled with Adam on some of his journeys searching for the perfect bee. The story of Brother Adam and Buckfast Abbey two names that will always be linked in the beekeepers mind. An updated edition of the 1989 volume.
Explores the bees’ place in human society from prehistoric cave paintings and inscribed clay tablets through to our contemporary world. A volume to be read at leisure, each chapter to be savoured as if it was a fine wine. Published at £30 but £22.70 from Northern Bee Books.
A detailed account of the essential operations and management that a beekeepers performs throughout the year by a retired systems engineer who has kept bees for over 30 years. Joe Bleasdale is a retired systems engineer and has kept bees for over 30 years in the counties of Hampshire and Somerset. He also gardens and makes cider from his little orchard. He is married, with two grown up children, a daughter who now teaches Yoga and keeps chickens, and a son who owns an orchard in Wales and sells cider and apple trees. He is a member of the Somerset branch of the British Beekeeping Association and lives in Brewham.
Whether you’re a beginning beekeeper or one with a season or two of experience, Richard Bonney tells you how to keep bees, not just have them. This new book by the acclaimed author of Hive Management offers vital, up-to-date information about how to: Acquire bees, Install a colony, Manage a hive, Take a crop of honey, Prevent and treat Varroa and tracheal mites & Learn about Africanised bees. Richard E. Bonney is the Massachusetts Extension Apiculturist and teaches beekeeping at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Skep-Making by Toon Brekelmans was originally published in Dutch by Cantecleer of Baarn. Skep-Maker David Chubb whose work can be seen regularly at the Royal Show has used the book for years in spite of not speaking the language. The basics are all here and the instructive drawings can be used by left or right-handers:
A vital book for all would-be skep-makers.
A charming and practical guide to accompany the beekeeper through each season of the beekeeping year. In-depth but simple instruction for all the techniques you need, from choosing and siting your hive to controlling swarms, rearing queens and, of course, harvesting the tastiest honey. Packed with expert advice for beekeepers of all levels, weather you are just starting out or an experienced apiarist wishing to develop your skills. Ron Brown (OBE) has over 50 years’ experience of keeping bees, both in Britain and central Africa. A former editor of the monthly journal Beekeeping, he has travelled al over the world to give lectures on specialist beekeeping topics.Ron Brown first produced this classic title in 1985 and Batsford the publishers are to be congratulated with this updated 2011 reprint, While lacking the rather poor photos of the earlier edition the information and readability of this edition is first rate.Ron died early in April 2011 but his wisdom and knowledge lives on.