Published by Northern Bee Books
Catalogue of all new books published by Northern Bee Books. Alphabetical by author.
This book gives a complete guide for the beginner and is sufficiently detailed to help prepare a new beekeeper to the level required by the BBKA basic assessment. The author is the present Hon treasurer of the Yorkshire BeeKeepers Association and is heavily involved in the education of beekeepers.
A few years ago, I spoke to a group of ladies about beekeeping. They had listened with interest and at the end of the talk had asked several interesting and perceptive questions. It was mentioned that one lady who belonged to their group had chosen not to attend the meeting as she didn’t believe in the ethics of beekeeping. I was rather surprised at this. We beekeepers tend to think we are the good guys, that without beekeepers, honey bees could become an endangered species. Our bees are one of the most important pollinators of flowers, and they have enormous significance in the production of many foodstuffs.
This exchange lingered in my mind and the more I considered it, I realised how complicated and many faceted were the ethics of beekeeping. Beekeeping is beset by choices and choice by its very nature could involve, to a greater or lesser extent, ethics. This book is trying to clarify where, in beekeeping, there are ethical choices to be made.
A wide ranging volume, like no other publication of this subject area in the English speaking world – it deals with all aspects of the queen – biology, rearing and breeding.
Dr David Woodward was head of the Apiculture Department at Telford Rural Polytechnic, Balclutha, New Zealand when he wrote this text book for his students. David has taught beekeeping and queen bee rearing at Telford since 1997 and managed Telford’s 350 beehives. Previously he was Senior State Apiculture Adviser with the Department of Primary Industries in South Australia (1990-97) and responsible to the state Minister of Primary Industries, for administering the Apiaries Act to the South Australia beekeeping industry (1,000 beekeepers owning about 85,000 hives). David was a research scientist at Adelaide University’s Waite Agrigultural Research Institute (1988-90) and worked on importation and management of leafcutting bees for pollination of lucerne. David completed a Doctorate in Zoology at Massey University (1986-88) working on food demand and foraging behaviour of bumblebees. He completed a Master of Science with Honours at Canterbury University (1981-83) in insect-plant species. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology at Canterbury University (1978-80). David has written many articles, course material for apiculture students at Telford, and published papers in scientific journals. This book is the culmination o the queen bee rearing course he developed in 1999.
A second, updated edition of a monograph for the initiated and the uninitiated on the strengths and weaknesses of current bee hive design. The author, John Yates is a much respected beekeeper, a former Chairman of the BBKA Exam Board and retired in 1986 as Chairman of his own consulting engineering company. It is in his professional role as a registered Chartered Engineer that he approaches the many problems associated with beekeeping discussed in this very important monograph which will be welcomed by old and new beekeepers alike. He believes very strongly that the older and experienced beekeepers should give something back to the craft: this is part of his contribution. This title will be of great interest to those who are interested in the tools of the craft.
John Yates wrote a series of monthly articles for the Plymouth Branch of the Devon Beekeepers’ Association during the period August 1989 – October 1992. These were published as a most successful book later in 1992. The volume is full of wise advice and beekeeping insight which while written for the micro-climate around Plymouth can be applied anywhere in Great Britain so long as notice is taken of regional climate which in some parts is 3 or 4 weeks in arrears. A final box of this title has been recently discovered in our stockroom. Buy it now!!