Books to aid the novice beekeeper
This book is a wonderful guide and aid for experienced beekeepers who can and want to offer children more than simply letting them watch bees behind a mesh enclosure ……. (and) this is an invaluable book for anyone who wants to, or is currently, teaching children the craft of beekeeping and I would thoroughly recommend it being added to your association library or your own bookshelf” Gareth Morgan, BBKA Trustee.
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.
This book will tell you how to start keeping bees in any location, whether urban or rural. It covers everything you need to know in an accessible and clear manner, from choice of hive and health of bees: right through the bee year to harvesting and storing your own honey. David Cramp a contributor to The Beekeepers Quarterly is widely experienced, having kept bees in the UK, Spain and now New Zealand.
If you are just starting to keep bees, or simply want to find out about bees and beekeeping, this authoritative guide provides a complete introduction to starting out as a beekeeper. The book introduces the reader to all areas of beekeeping including the workings of the colony, the structure of a hive, how to acquire bees and keep them healthy and the key events in the beekeeping year, along with answering a number of frequently asked questions such as how to prevent swarming and how often to inspect the hive. Ivor Davis is a past president of the BBKA, a Master Beekeeper and one of the few people to hold the National Diploma in Beekeeping.” Roger Cullum-Kenyon has been a beekeeper for many years and is managing director of BBKA Enterprises Ltd.
Beekeeping is fun! It’s an environmentally-friendly hobby that takes your outdoors where you can explore the lives of these fascination creatures and enjoy the honey that they produce. But to care for your bees responsibly you need to understand what is happening inside the colony.Whether you’re simply interested in bees, are about to start out as a beekeeper, or have already kept bees for a season, discover:• The types of bees and where to get them• How to handle bees and inspect a colony• How to understand and care for your bees• How to deal with a colony that swarms• How to harvest honey• How to create a bee-friendly gardenRoger Patterson started keeping bees in 1963 as a 15-year-old. He has been a demonstrator and lecturer for over 35 years. He is a Birttish Beekeepers Association Trustee, and committee member of the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association.
A charming and practical guide to accompany the beekeeper through each season of the beekeeping year. In-depth but simple instruction for all the techniques you need, from choosing and siting your hive to controlling swarms, rearing queens and, of course, harvesting the tastiest honey. Packed with expert advice for beekeepers of all levels, weather you are just starting out or an experienced apiarist wishing to develop your skills. Ron Brown (OBE) has over 50 years’ experience of keeping bees, both in Britain and central Africa. A former editor of the monthly journal Beekeeping, he has travelled al over the world to give lectures on specialist beekeeping topics.Ron Brown first produced this classic title in 1985 and Batsford the publishers are to be congratulated with this updated 2011 reprint, While lacking the rather poor photos of the earlier edition the information and readability of this edition is first rate.Ron died early in April 2011 but his wisdom and knowledge lives on.
Bees are an essential part of our natural world and their importance in pollinating our food crops cannot be overstated. Over a third of the world’s food is dependent upon pollinators, of which the honey bee Apis mellifera is possibly the most important. This comprehensive and informative book introduces newcomers to the fascinating and rewarding craft of beekeeping and honey production and sets out in simple terms the needs of this complex creature.Topics covered within the book include:• Setting up your first hive• How to handle bees correctly and with confidence• Practical advice on the honey harvest• Winter feeding and inspection• Marketing your bee products and the legal requirements• Diseases, how to avoid them and how to deal with them
A comprehensive well illustrated American introduction for beginners and a valuable reference for the experienced beekeeper. The book outlines options for each operation within beekeeping, listing advantages and disadvantages for each alternative.Diana Sammataro is a Research Entomologist at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Centre in Tucson, Arizona and is particularly concerned with Colony Collapse.Diana Sammataro is Research Entomologist at the USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona, where her research focuses on beneficial microbes and bee nutritional problems, managing parasitic mites of bees and Colony Collapse Disorder, and following the pollination of crops from almonds to apples.