Narratives and advice from beekeepers across the globe and through the centuries
The destinies of man and the honey bee have been inextricably intertwined since the beginning of history; in fact, the bee has been a beneficiary of mankind from the earliest times. There is evidence of this association; an artist, living many thousands of years ago, has left us an excellent drawing on the wall of a cave showing a member of his tribe taking honey from a colony of bees. We also know that the ancient Egyptians transported their colonies of bees up and down the Nile in order to follow the flowering of the plants, and on the death of their Pharaohs they embalmed them in honey. From mediaeval times colonies of the honey bee have been kept and studied at the Abbeys, and among the interesting illustrations in this absorbing book are two of the long famous apiary at Buckfast Abbey. These photographs are, in fact, unique as this probably the first occasion on which the camera has revealed to the public in a handbook on bees a glimpse of the apiary, and of its equally famous master, Brother Adam.Mrs. Linsey has painted a vivid picture in which the romantic highlights are intermingled with aspects of practical guidance. She has managed, in a short compass, not only to give her experiences during a lifelong association with the honey bee, but also to produce a book rich in sound advice on this fascinating subject.
This is one of the great beekeeping books of all time. Manley draws on his commercial experience to explain all aspects of beekeeping. This is a book which is a joy to read, you read it, then reread it. As your experience improves you will understand more & more of the value of Manley’s words. Strongly recommended.
Bee-Master Revisited is a revised autobiography of George Wakeford, BEM, a celebrated Sussex Master Beekeeper. His uncanny expertise in the handling of bees and his service to hundreds of novices and clients earned him a reputation as a country genius not only among his fellow beekeepers but also with ‘lay’ persons, journalists, local historians and TV producers alike. With his passing in 1985, any chance of him revising his slim autobiography was lost. His little book was long out of print and hard to find, even second-hand. Those who knew him or learned of his remarkable life and accomplishments have requested a reissue. NBB welcomed this opportunity but considered that his fascinating life story, as he tells it in his natural Sussex way, is far too modest and brief to do the man justice. Accordingly Geoffrey Lawes, with the substantial assistance of Roger Patterson and George’s daughter Josie, has edited his original work, and added much background detail which supports George’s text. He enlarges on his life story, offers lucidity on elementary beekeeping, provides generous early 20th century photographs and gives a concrete realisation of country life as lived by a unique English countryman.
After a distinguished academic career, Dr Westwood retired as lecturer at the University of Sussex and became a beekeeper. This insightful and amusing account of bee-fever will strike a cord with all beekeepers. It is full of colour photographs not only about beekeeping but also of honey bees and other pollinators on flowers with a discussion regarding the choices bees make when collecting nectar and pollen. It also includes poetry about the honey bee, recipes, tips on making your own honey labels and amusing anecdotes.
‘This is an excellent guide for hobby beekeepers who wish to keep bees using top-bar hives. Drawing on his more than thirty years of beekeeping experience in New Mexico, author Les Crowder describes in detail the special comb-management techniques that this low-cost, but relatively intense, form of beekeeping requires. Top- Bar Beekeeping also provides an eloquent appeal for beekeepers to make care, respect, and reverence the foundation of their relationships with the bees.’ – Thomas Seeley, Cornell University
The Robson family have been engaged in commercial beekeeping in the border country of Scotland and Northern England for three generations. In this valuable book, Willie Robson reflects over the years that his family have been keeping bees and in so doing passes on invaluable information which beekeepers of all levels will find of use.