Honeybees and their relationship with farming
This booklet is a translation from the Latin, by Frank Vernon of the thesis submitted in 1770 by J.F.E. Albrecht for his Doctorate examination.
Albrecht was born in 1752 at Slade in Hanover and practiced medicine in Estonia. He published a treatise on beekeeping in 1775 entitled ‘Anatomical and Physical discovery of the correct management of bees as well as the manner of their generation’ and this translation may well be the basis for the later work.
It will be of interest to all beekeepers as it shows that much of our present understand of bees and beekeeping is originally grounded in knowledge common over 300 years ago.
The thesis was dedicated to George III of Great Britain, then also elector of Brunswick, showing the historical ties between the UK and Europe.
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.
This Bumblebee Conservation Trust book introduces this charismatic species to a wider audience. Written by Trust staff, it covers bumblebee biology, their decline and conservation and what you can do to help them in your garden and beyond. It also has an essential identification guide to all UK bumblebee species, packed with over 250 colour photographs.
Management methods and beekeeping technique are featured in this volume, emphasizing those in Italy and France as the European Union was forming. The content focuses on the development of apiculture in both the New and Old World, reflecting on similarities and differences, and based on the principle that “all beekeeping is local.” It features conversations with unique personalities, as well as reports of various scientific and beekeepers’ meetings. Descriptions of visits to research laboratories and distinctive European beekeeping settings round out this unique contribution to the apicultural literature.
Michael Badger, MBE, has been a beekeeper man and boy, with experience extending over 65 years. In his time, he has been fortunate to meet many of the great keepers of honey bees. He was devoted to the late Colin Weightman, MEE, and Brother Adam, QBE, OSB, of Buckfast Abbey fame, spending many of his formative beekeeping years with them.
Michael was brought up in rural Warwickshire, mentored as a beekeeper by his great uncles and his schoolmaster and colleague, Charles Bell. Throughout his adult life he has kept bees in various locations in the British Isles.
Since the 1960s, Michael has travelled widely to give lectures on all aspects of beekeeping, including the preparation and exhibiting of honey and other hive products. Involved with the National Honey Show since 1972, Michael qualified as a British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) senior honey judge in 1984. He was chief honey steward at the Great Yorkshire Show for 29 years.
Michael was chairman of the Yorkshire Beekeepers’ Association (YBKA) in 1983 and 2000. He was also chairman and president of the BBKA from 1999 to 2002. He was instrumental in establishing the BBKA headquarters, the National Beekeeping Centre, at Stoneleigh Park in 2000, the Normanby Pavilion of the YBKA and the recently constructed Hives and Honey Pavilion at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Michael is n honorary member of both the YBKA and the BBKA. He is chairman of Bee Craft Limited, a patron of Bees Abroad, and a court assistant and liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers of London.
Michael is married to Hilary; he has two daughters, a son and two grandchildren. In 2003, he was appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to beekeeping.
By Peter Lewis, Chief Honey Steward, Great Yorkshire Show
Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. Following the Wild Bees is both a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world and a guide to the ingenious methods that compose the craft of the bee hunter.
Seeley explains how one finds a patch of flowers humming with honey bees, captures and sumptuously feeds the bees, and then releases and follows them, step-by-step in whatever direction they fly, back to their secret residence in a hollow tree, old building, or abandoned hive. The bee hunter’s reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving new insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild.
Drawing on decades of experience as a bee hunter and bee biologist, Seeley weaves informative discussions of the biology of wild honey bees with colorful historical anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. Whether you’re a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, Following the Wild Bees is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists,
It has always been a well-known fact that products from the beehive are good for human health. However, recent scientific research has proved that various substances produced by honeybees, as well as innumerable possible combinations with plant material, possess real medical properties.
Ten years after its first publication, this book has become a work of reference in its field. Translated by Francine Sagar, this new edition tells us more about the Cuban venture, and brings essential clarification to what has, at last, been recognised within the scientific community as a true solution to natural health.
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.
Winner of the 2005 Ashé Journal Book Award.
“After reading this book I felt I had been initiated into the ancient feminine mystery of sacred sexuality” Tori Amos, singer/songwriter.
Bee shamanism may well be the most ancient and enigmatic branch of shamanism. It exists throughout the world – wherever in fact the honeybee exists. Its medicinal tools – such as honey, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly – are now in common usage, and even the origins of Chinese acupuncture can be traced back to the ancient practice of applying bee stings to the body’s meridians.
In this authoritative ethnography and spiritual memoir, Simon Buxton, an elder of the Path of Pollen, reveals for the first time the richness of this tradition: its subtle intelligence; its sights, sounds, and smells; and its unique ceremonies, which until now have been known only to initiates. Buxton unknowingly took his first steps on the Path of Pollen at age nine, when a neighbour – an Austrian bee shaman – cured him of a near-fatal bour of encephalitis. This early contact prepared him for his later meeting with an elder of the tradition who took him on as an apprentice. Following an intense initiation that opened him to the mysteries of the hive mind, Buxton learned over the next thirteen years the practices, rituals, and tools of bee shamanism. He experienced the healing and spiritual powers of honey and other bee products, including the “flying ointment” once used by medieval witches, as well as ritual initiations with the female members of the tradition – the Melissae – and the application of magico-sexual “nektars” that promote longevity and ecstacy. ‘The Shamanic Way of the Bee’ is a unique view into the secret wisdom of this age-old tradition.
Simon Buxton is a beekeeper, the British faculty for Dr. Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and the founder / director of The Sacred Trust, a UK-based educational organisation dedicated to the teaching of practical shamanism for the modern world. He lives in England and teaches internationally.
This wonderful book shares techniques on successful microscopy accompanied by illustrations of Norman’s pollen drawings and colour photos of the plant. It was the book of the Show at the 2015 National Honey Show.