Books to aid the novice beekeeper
In a sense the combs in a honey bee nest are an extension of the bees that made them and it is really the bees and combs together that constitute the colony. In fact, the average honey bee worker spends 95% of her life on the combs in the hive. The combs are built to be multi-purpose in the sense that they can be used for both brood and storage (honey and pollen). They are also the place where all the exchange of information that enables the colony to control its activity takes place. Because this occurs in the dark, communication is through chemical signals (pheromones), trophallaxis and vibration signals. The combs provide an ideal forum where this can take place. The architectural rules that the bees follow when constructing their nest have been understood since the early 19th century and the efficient working of a moveable frame hive depends on the beekeeper complying with these rules. An understanding of bee-space is essential so that the bees can build combs that meet both their own needs and those of the beekeeper. A colony will only draw combs when and where they have an immediate use for them and the resources to make new wax. Successful comb management requires the beekeeper to understand all these factors.
Whether you have acres of land in the countryside of a tiny suburban garden you can start raising your own honeybees and be spreading homemade honey on toast within the year.
In this practical guide Andrew Davies introduces you to the fascinating and busy world of bees. He covers:
How to become a beekeeper, Hives and equipment, Common problems, Collecting honey, Swarms and how to avoid them.
A wonderful primer!
How do bees communicate? How long have they been around? What does a beekeeper actually do? Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees? This encyclopaedic book answers all these questions and many more with a light, humorous touch. Piotr Socha tracks the history of bees from the age of the dinosaurs to their current plight, examining along the way the role bees have played in history and in the rest of the natural world. A wonderfully illustrated book for children of all ages – THE book to buy if you have children or Grandchildren. Order it now while it is available. In future years it will be seen as a collectors title and will be highly sort after!
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.
The Bee Manual provides a complete and easy to-follow reference to the intriguing world of the honey bee and the addictive craft of beekeeping. Aimed at the novice but also containing plenty to interest the experienced beekeeper, the Bee Manual presents no-nonsense advice, facts and step-by-step sequences, as well as plenty of relevant photographs and diagrams. Find out how to work with these fascinating insects to enable them to thrive, carry out their pollination activities and produce a satisfying honey crop – and you could also play a part in reversing the decline in the number of bee colonies.
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? This book covers the basics, the bees, inside the hive, space, materials, options and objectives. Including getting started with clothing, (equipment – all you need to know as a beginner) tools, stock, hives and location and from colony management to managing the colony strength and everything you need to know about swarms and colony protection and 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.