Narratives and advice from beekeepers across the globe and through the centuries
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.
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
A delightful account of the trials and tribulations of a new beekeeper in South West Ireland. Written with passion and enthusiasm,this ranks A delightful account of the trials and tribulations of a new beekeeper in South West Ireland. Written with passion and enthusiasm,this ranks with Richard Taylor and Harold Lund in accounts of ‘bee fever’.
For over thirty years Alexander was regarded as the most extensive beekeeper in North Eastern New York and for the latter part of this time was a regular and popular contributor to ‘Gleanings in Bee Culture” His columns offering many useful hints and tricks of the trade were collected after his death in this book by H H Root, his publisher in 1909.