Books to aid the novice beekeeper
As the planet’s bee populations suffer worrying declines – with potentially disastrous consequences – acclaimed author Candace Savage invites you to consider the diversity, biology, and cultural significance of these remarkable insects. Bees is a must-read for conservationists, gardeners, and anyone who cares about the earth.Candace Savage is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
So begins Bill Turnbull’s charming account of how he stumbled into the mysterious world of beekeeping (sometimes literally). Despite many setbacks – including being stung in the head (twice) on his first day of training – beekeeping somehow taught Bill a great deal about himself and the world around him. At the same time, his story highlights the very real threats to Britain’s bee population, and what we can do to create a better environment for these vital a rather wonderful creatures. Fascinating and often hilarious, The Bad Beekeepers Club is a universally appealing story about a very singular passion.
‘His description of the pleasure bees bring is captivating and told in such an engaging manner. Truly charming’ News of the World
It is estimated that around 70% of the food we eat is dependent upon pollination by bees and other insects. However with bee populations world-wide on the decline due to factors such as intensive farming, urban sprawl and disease, their vital ecological role is under threat. The need for bees has never been more apparent. Keeping bees and Making Honey is a stunning comprehensive guide to beekeeping, packed with images, information, practical advice, useful resources and even recipes. From understanding bees and their psychology to where to get them from, how to look after them on a day-to-day basis, how best to garden for them and suggestions on things to make with the wax and honey – everything the beekeeper and the entire family ever need to know is here. Environmentally, there has never been a more important time to start beekeeping, nor is there a better antidote to the stresses of everyday life. Keeping Bees and Making Honey is the ideal companion as you add your share to the 1m tonnes of honey that are produced world-wide each year.
The world’s best selling guide to beekeeping. The classic title for all beekeeper, a reference book for experienced beekeepers with advice on all aspects of the craft. The world’s best selling guide to beekeeping. New edition with an update by Margaret Thomas NDB on Honey bee pests & diseases with the four full colour plates restored as in the early editions.
Discover the buzz about bees. You’ve heard that more cities and towns are relaxing or removing laws against beekeeping, and you want to give it a try. But the thought of managing your own hive – and all those bees! – has you fearing you’ll get stung.Discover the fun and satisfaction of raising bees! The Complete Idiots Guide to Beekeeping gives you all the buzz on setting up and maintaining a healthy hive of your won. In it, you get:• Expert advice on acquiring your bees and establishing your hive.• Tips on caring for your bees without chemical treatments or artificial feeds.• Guidance on inspecting your hives and knowing what to do if things go wrong.• A look at the most common mistakes new beekeepers make and how to avoid them.• A helpful explanation of diseases, parasites, and other hive problems – and how to successfully treat. them.• Helpful hints on the best ways to harvest honey and make money with your bee bounty.
Harvest your own honey, make your garden or orchard more productive, nurture local food systems, connect with nature, and help bring honey bees back from population decline. These are some of the benefits of becoming a beekeeper. Whatever your interest in honey bees, this reliable resource has all the expert advice you need to keep a thriving, productive hive.
Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees will guide you through every step of beekeeping, including:
• Planning a hive
• Acquiring bees
• Installing a colony
• Keeping your bees healthy
• Understanding and preventing diseases
• Harvesting honey crops
MALCOLM T. SANFORD is author of the Apis Newsletter and many articles on beekeeping for popular and scholarly magazines. He was Extension Beekeeping Specialist at the University of Florida for 20 years and is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The late RICHARD E. BONNEY was author of the books Beekeeping and Hive Management, the foundation for Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees.
Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping explains bee biology, what bees do, and provides the tools which make it possible for an individual to successfully manage bee colonies. I have concentrated on the “why” aspects of bee biology – the biological basis of specific beekeeping activities – so that the reader understands “when” and “how” certain things must be done. My intent is to explain bee and beekeeping basics in a manner meaningful to a person who lacks an extensive background or knowledge of biology. Yet I have not oversimplified bee biology to the point where it is meaningless to the serious beekeeper or informed biologist” – Dewey M Caron. A popular speaker and author, Dr. Dewey M. Caron is professor of entomology at the University of Delaware.
Written for those who are new to beekeeping, this book aims to clarify the essential procedures that are associated with the subject. Step by step instructions take the newcomer through each stage, with photographs and illustrations to further clarify the techniques.• Where to start• Equipment and supplies• Setting up a hive• Introducing the bees• Handling and checking• Seasonal management• Dealing with a swarm• Feeding the bees• Harvesting the wax an honey• Dealing with problemsWritten for those who are new to beekeeping, this books aims to clarify the essential procedures that are associated with the subject. Step-by-step instructions take the newcomer through each stage, with photographs and illustrations to further clarify the techniques. This is an essential guide for the beginner during the first few years of beekeeping.
This is the best book for the absolute beginner. It is easy to read, clearly illustrated and is written in a style which makes it easy to understand. For those who have a passing interest in keeping bees – want to know what the hobby requires and need a book that will take them through their first two years of the craft – this is it. Alan Campion uses his own experience to describe in plain terms how to go about setting up a hive, what to do during the first few years and what to expect from your bees. The text is beautifully illustrated with line drawings by Gay Hodgson.