Books to aid the novice beekeeper
This is an account of a first year of beekeeping using Warre, Top Bar and Flow Hives.
A Beekeeper’s Year follows the progress of three novice beekeepers with three different types of hive, as they navigate their way through their first year of beekeeping. Follow their journey as they set up and manage their Top Bar, Warre and Flow hives – from obtaining bees to inspecting their hives, extracting honey and closing down the hive for the winter.
A Beekeeper’s Year is an ideal introduction to backyard beekeeping, with everything you need to know about what equipment is required, managing your hives, keeping your bees healthy and pest and disease control. It is packed with stunning yet practical photographs to help you understand these fascinating creatures that are essential to the production of our food.
On this disk is a pdf which can be used to explore the world of the honey bee and beekeeping.
With over 100 slides and heavily illustrated with high quality photographs and cartoon images, each presentation is intended for presentation via projector to groups or for viewing directly from a computer.
There are two versions of the presentation available on this disk; the first is a complete self-contained presentation for individuals or small groups to view without a leader, the second is for the use of an experienced beekeeper as an aide to presenting a talk to any interested group.
Text and images based on the book “Honey Bees and Beekeeping” by Pamela Todd.
Although written in the 1980s Ted Hooper’s manuscript for the Beginner’s Bee Book was lost for over twenty years before being rediscovered a short time before his death. The book has been revised and updated by Clive de Bruyn and Margaret Thomas to bring it up to date taking account of developments in equipment and disease. Although entitled Beginner’s Bee Baale, which was Ted Hooper’s own title for the book, it is perhaps better suited to beginners with a bit of knowledge. Intermediate beekeepers will also find much of use here.
This volume is a guide for new beekeepers and for all beekeepers who have acquired the increasingly popular Warré and Top Bar Hives and anyone who wishes to stop the use of chemicals in their beekeeping. It gives practical guidance, with clear instructions, line drawings, and photographs.
Joe is a retired systems engineer and has kept bees for over 30 years in the counties of Hampshire and Somerset. In retirement he has acted as a volunteer gardener for the National Trust at Stourhead but now spends his time propagating a strain of varroa-tolerant hygienic bees with fellow members of the Somerset Beekeeping Association.
All too often, books written for new beekeepers carry far too much information which can be confusing for the reader. Andrew’s book is an exception and will help the novice to quickly grasp the basics of beekeeping.
How much time will it take and what will it cost? What will the return be?
Basics, the bees, inside the hive, space, materials, options and objectives.
Getting started clothing, tools, stock, hives, location.
Colony management from managing the colony strength to everything you need to know about swarms. Colony protection.
Equipment, all you need to know as a beginner.
Where to learn more associations and resources Andrew’s detailed step-by-step guidelines are supported by excellent diagrams and colour photos which support and enhance the text.
Andrew Richards, a technical writer by profession and a distinguished Scottish Beekeeper, taught the craft for many years to generations of aspiring beekeepers.
His apiary, based in the Scottish lowlands, provided the inspiration for this book.
Are you a beginner curious about bees, or a practical beekeeper looking for natural alternatives that work? This book is for you!Fredor Lazutin, one of Europe’s most successful natural beekeepers, shares an approach that is fun, healthy, rewarding, and accessible to all. Discover his unique insights on how to:• Keep bees naturally without interfering in their lives.• Start an apiary for free by attracting local bee swarms.• Build maintenance-free hives that mimic how bees live in nature.• Keep colonies healthy & strong without any drugs or gimmickry.• Help Bees over winter successfully even in the harshest climate.• Enhance local nectar plant resources.• Produce truly natural honey without robbing the bees.• Reverse the global bee decline .. right in your backyard!An invaluable resource for beginners and professionals alike, this richly illustrated book is complete with plans for making bee-friendly, well-insulated horizontal hives with extra-deep frames – plus other fascinating advice you won’t find anywhere else.You will gain a profound respect fo the bees’ intelligence, the practical information for successfully starting and maintaining a few (or many!) colonies in your own backyard, and an appreciation of the bees’ harmonious cooperative ways – which may be a key to creating a brighter future for our planet.
This is a reprint of the first edition of the classic title by Robert Couston – a beekeeper still held in high regard by Scottish beekeepers over twenty since his death. Robert combined great experience as East of Scotland Beekeeping Adviser with the ability to describe, even the most complicated procedures, with great clarity.
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.