Full Book List
Full book list of all available new books. Alphabetical by author.
A series of annotated diagrams was published in Bee Craft magazine from 2011 to 2014 to help readers understand honey bee biology. Many who were studying for the British Beekeepers’ Association assessments, especially Module 5, Honey Bee Biology, told us how useful they were, so we have collected them together in the first of the Bee Craft Reprints series.
The diagrams have been carefully drawn to illustrate the different sections of the syllabus which are numbered from 5.1 to 5.20. They have been kept as simple as possible to allow readers to practise reproducing them for their examination. Annotations to the drawings give details of the important points to know about the structures shown.
No other guide explains in such details the true potential and accessibility of beekeeping or of being a beekeeper. Beekeeping can provide anyone with an interesting and useful hobby or a lucrative and rewarding business. It is recognised as a vital agricultural industry and can therefore also offer you a globe trotting career. The whole subject is, however, often shrouded in mystery and loaded with jargon, leaving many people unaware of its true potential or how to start. This book strips away all the mystery and explains step by step how – from day one – you can start beekeeping as a hobby; how you can progress to running a beekeeping business; or how you can start a career as a beekeeper which can quite easily take you all over the world. No other guide explains in such details the true potential and accessibility of beekeeping or of being a beekeeper.
This guide is designed for bee keepers to carry with them and use in the apiary and out in the field. It is a diagnostic toot and an aide memoire for the hobbyist and the professional beekeeper, who may know what to do but wilt at times need the information close to hand.
• A troubleshooting guide to problems with colonies and queen bees
• A guide to the field diagnosis, treatment and control of diseases
• Seasonal apiary management checklists
• Hive product harvesting checklists
• The beekeeper’s ready reckoner
The second and revised edition of this fully illustrated and handy guide to the apiary brings the science and craft of beekeeping to beekeepers right where they need it – in the field with the bees.
DAVID CRAMP BSc has been a bee keeper for twenty years. He spent a year at the Bee Research Unit at the University of Wales (Cardiff) where he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Apiculture. He then kept bees in various remote parts of Spain, specialising in organic honey production, before moving to New Zealand in 2004 to manage a four-thousand hive pollination and manuka honey beekeeping operation. He has written extensively for the UK, US and Spanish bee press, as well as editing the on line beekeeping magazine Apis UK. David is also the author of the bestselling and comprehensive A Practical Manual of Beekeeping.
This book will tell you how to start keeping bees in any location, whether urban or rural. It covers everything you need to know in an accessible and clear manner, from choice of hive and health of bees: right through the bee year to harvesting and storing your own honey. David Cramp a contributor to The Beekeepers Quarterly is widely experienced, having kept bees in the UK, Spain and now New Zealand.
First published in 1999, this 2011 reprint edition brings this title to many beekeepers who were unable to obtain the earlier edition. The World History is the first book to explore in detail man’s use of bees from prehistoric times to the present day. It is a seminal work and will remain so as long as books are read. Eva Crane (1912-2007) was a scientist, and Director of the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) from 1949 to 1984 when she retired to concentrate on her writing. In the course of her many travels she obtained first-hand knowledge of traditional and modern beekeeping in some sixty countries, and also honey hunting where it was still practised.
Upon her death in 2007, the New York Times acknowledged that Eva Crane wrote some of the most important books on bees and apiculture. A Book of Honey is one of her seminal works and must be on the shelves of anyone who is serious about understanding honey. Not only does it describe how and why bees make honey, but she also describes in detail the constituents and characteristics of honey. There is a chapter on the uses of honey in the kitchen as well as mead-making, medical remedies and cosmetics.
Eva describes the history of honey starting from the evolution of plants and bees, then on to the harvesting of honey by humans over the past 10,000 years and its religious significance and beliefs.
There is a huge databank of information to facilitate further detailed study, making this an essential read for both teachers and students. Please note that Eva’ s comments at the end of her preface refer to the original cover which as now been replaced in this 2019 reprint.
This book contains a vast quantity of precious data about plants and bees and it is marvellous to see it in print again and available to new generations. Best of all would be if people selecting trees become aware of this useful information and consult it to inform their choice: nowadays we need whenever possible to choose species and cultivars with value to bees and other insect pollinators.
There can be few subjects on which more books have been written than beekeeping. And yet many of them, in their attempt to educate and instruct, neglect the many curious aspects of the subject. Laurie Croft in Curiosities of Beekeeping paints a series of pictures designed to awaken interest in the many fascinating aspects of the craft. The book is divided into seven chapters each dealing with a different aspect of beekeeping. The compilation contains numerous fascinating anecdotes taken from many diverse, and often obscure, sources. The work concludes with an interesting appendix of beekeeping statistics.
A basic text which suggests that money can be made from the craft. “Dr Croft is a beekeeper with an apiary in Greater Manchester. He is also a university lecturer engaged on research on the honey bee. Recently, he has led the campaign against the misrepresentation of British honey, and is well known as a lecturer on this subject throughout the country.
‘This is an excellent guide for hobby beekeepers who wish to keep bees using top-bar hives. Drawing on his more than thirty years of beekeeping experience in New Mexico, author Les Crowder describes in detail the special comb-management techniques that this low-cost, but relatively intense, form of beekeeping requires. Top- Bar Beekeeping also provides an eloquent appeal for beekeepers to make care, respect, and reverence the foundation of their relationships with the bees.’ – Thomas Seeley, Cornell University