Bees & Plants
Bees, plants and their relationship
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
The crucial role that bees play in the Earth’s ecosystem is well known. Over the last decades a dramatic decrease in bee health has been seen on a global scale. This deterioration is seen on a global scale in both domestic and wild bees, precipitating a wider ecological impact. Veterinarians, animal scientists and bee husbandry specialists increasingly need to be provided with the skills to investigate and understand the situation; Managing Bee Health aims to provide an overview of the health of bees at individual and hive level, covering common and emerging diseases and preventive measures.
Beginning with an overall analysis of bee anatomy and physiology, the book then deals with the main diseases and pathogens of bees and colonies and how to treat and control their clinical impact. Providing insights on bee nutrition, insect interaction with flowering plants, and presenting helpful points of contact to report suspected conditions, such as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The book looks at the global pathogen status of bees, including not only the honeybee (Apis mellifera) but also other members of the Apis family.
Managing Bee Health is a most useful guide for beekeepers, advisors, veterinarians and beekeeping enthusiasts, showing practical ways to understand bee health, treat sick or compromised hives and enhance the wellbeing and welfare of these wonderful creatures.
John Carr B.V.Sc., Ph.D., D.P.M., DiplE.C.P.H.M., M.R.C.V.S, is a specialised population medicine veterinary surgeon. He has taught production medicine and bee medicine at several universities around the world.
John also runs a consultancy practice with clients in the Americas, Europe,
Asia, Australia and Africa.
Heather Honey is the Queen of all honeys. To gain a good crop it is important to manage your stocks during the mid season in order that they are at their strongest in August. This Anthology brings together writings from all the past Great Heather Bee Masters – Francis Sitwell, Brother Adam, Colin Weightman & William Hamilton together with a contribution from one of the most successful current competitors – Peter Schollick
This important compendium has resulted from the enthusiasm and hard work of Ian Copinger, the compiler.
Celebrating Bees Stamps Cover. Set of 6 signed by BBC Nature Presenter Chris Packham
‘Celebrating Bees’ first day cover with full-set of 2015 Bees Stamps and special ‘Honeybourne’ postmark. This cover has been signed by BBC Nature Presenter Chris Packham, very few remain!
2015 Limited Edition ‘Bees’ First Day Cover. The UK’s leading first day cover producer Buckingham Covers worked alongside ‘The Beekeepers Association’ to produce this stunning cover which bears the full-set of six stamps, each depicting a different bee. It also has a special Beekeepers postmark.
Limited Edition ‘Bees’ First Day Cover which uses the stamps from the 2015 Royal Mail miniature sheet. This beautiful cover also has a special ‘British Bees, Honeysett Road’ postmark.
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.
This extensively illustrated volume is a guide to the 270 species of bees in Britain. It will certainly establish itself as the key volume in this area of interest. The volume will allow readers to identify all of the bees in Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands. It provides the latest information on ecology, status and distribution and furnishes colour illustrations and photographs that cover an impressive proportion of the species.
For Beekeepers to be able now to rely, for an indefinite number of years to come, upon the regular annual availability, in May and June, of a huge new nectar source, is for them an historic advance. The pattern of working through the beekeeping year is changed by it and a new yearly flow of nectar and honey is in prospect with a yield comparable to that from the heather.
It is widely known that our bee population is under threat and that honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees are all in decline. Our own population growth directly impacts that of the bees as the spread of intensive agriculture destroys the bees’ flower-rich habitats, threatening them and the important contribution they make to our lives.
Our gardens are therefore fast becoming an alternative source of food for many of our bee species and these spaces are crucial if our native bees are to survive and thrive. Mixed planting will provide food for all species of bee and ‘Plants for Bees’ presents a comprehensive list of which plants are most suited to which bees and gives expert guidance on the level of importance of each.
A simple key system allows the reader to quickly identify which plants are best suited to which bee and is supported by beautiful photographs of plants and bees. Highly informative and extremely useful for experts and hobbyists alike, ‘Plants for Bees’ provides all the information you need to plant a bee-friendly garden.