Books recommended for beekeeping exams
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.
These notes are of use for beekeepers contemplating entering the BBKA Basic Certificate, SBKA Basic Beemasters Certificate and the FIBKA Preliminary Certificate. Each part of the syllabus for the exams are addressed and the notes, should cover everything that the Examiner is likely to ask the Candidate
A clear introduction of the value of the honey bee, now updated in a second edition.What Celia Davis brings to this area of beekeeping is clarity. [..] A ‘must have’ for any beekeeping library. – Adrian Waring, NDB, past General Secretary, British Beekeepers’ Association. This book is designed to present detailed information about the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee in a clear and concise format. Each of the eight chapters cover an aspect of bee biology and all are copiously illustrated. The author has drawn most of the diagrams from her own dissections, giving a realistic rather that idealistic impression of the parts involved. The sections are:• External bodywork • Internal workings • Control systems • Breeding • Growing up • Keeping it all together • Colony reproduction • Inside and outside influencesAlso included are an appendix giving the background to scientific terminology, a wide-ranging glossary including phonetic spellings and suggestions for further reading. This second edition has been fully updated and it also includes an additional appendix describing how to undertake your own honey bee dissections and the equipment required. This is a book that will inform anybody who is interested in this fascinating insect. It is based on the examination modules set by the British Beekeepers’ Association, but this text will prove interesting for anyone wanting to know more about our honey bees. The production of a second edition is indeed a triumph; the success of this book ranks Celia Davis among the ‘greats’ of beekeeping authors.” Michael Badger, MBE, past-president, British Beekeepers’ Association.
This book starts where many books on beekeeping leave off. Each chapter is devoted to a subject of great importance to the beekeeper in getting the best return from his bees. It shows what beekeeping practice and scientific research have found out, all over the world, and gives meticulous directions to the beekeeper based on these findings.
The world of the honey bee is complex with many organisms living in, on, or around the bee and its young. The Honey Bee Around and About is a beautifully illustrated book Celia Davis explores the world of the bee and also the plants on which it depends for its food and the food itself. Within its pages the serious beekeeper will find much information that is otherwise scattered over many volumes. – Karl Showler, Honorary President of Bee Craft Ltd. This is a companion volume to Celia’s first book The Honey Bee Inside Out which covered the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee. The Honey Bee Around and About begins by looking at the origin of honey bees and continues with a description of the different subspecies. Disease is often a neglected topic but it is an important factor for the beekeeper to bear in mind. Celia details the major diseases affecting honey bees s well as other pests including the mite, Varroa destructor. The honey bee’s major function is as a pollinator of flowers both in agriculture and the wider environment and the final chapters look at the relationship between bees and flowers and the resultant products of the hive. Also included are an appendix giving the background to scientific terminology a wide-ranging glossary including phonetic spellings and suggestions for further reading. This is a book that will inform anybody who is interested in this fascinating insect. It is based on the examination modules set by the British Beekeepers’ Association but this text will prove interesting for anyone wanting to know more about our honey bees.The book concludes with a glossary including phonetic spelling and suggestions for further reading. It is a book anyone wanting to know more about our fascinating honey bees as well as those studying for the British Beekeepers’ Association examination modules.A companion volume to The Honey Bee Inside Out, Celia Davis deals with the origin of honey bees and their different sub species. There are major sections on bee diseases & pests. A must for examination candidates.
With spectacularly beautiful colour photographs and an easy understandable text The Buzz about Bees tells the story of honey-bees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his won research group, Jurgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees.
In contrast to the view of the bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by the queen, Tautz introduces them as a “super-organism”, a self organising and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication; a fascinating result of evolution – a mammal in several bodies.
The entire range of astonishing bee activities is described. Remarkable action photographs never shown before present bees busy with cell cleaning, caring for the brood, serving in the queen’s court, visiting flowers, receiving nectar, producing honey, comb building, entrance guarding, heating and cooling. Spotlights include bees grooming, swarming, fighting, telephoning, sleeping and communicating by high-toned beeping, scents and dances.
This volume has colour photography alongside practical information on over 300 plants – and is the only A – Z of plants that list those specifically attractive to bees. The beekeeping facts and figures are supplied by Ted Hooper NDB while the plant information is given by Mike Taylor a consultant to the Royal Horticultural Society.
This text is essential for candidates. Every section of the syllabus of this examination is covered with notes to cover the most likely points that an examiner may reasonably be expected to raise while conducting the examination.
Professor John B Free, a world authority on the subject covers the areas of colony organisation, activity, defence, forage collection, and reproduction in a very readable style. Recommended for all taking BBKA Exams.