Instruction books for keeping bees
Whether you have acres of land in the countryside of a tiny suburban garden you can start raising your own honeybees and be spreading homemade honey on toast within the year.
In this practical guide Andrew Davies introduces you to the fascinating and busy world of bees. He covers:
How to become a beekeeper, Hives and equipment, Common problems, Collecting honey, Swarms and how to avoid them.
A wonderful primer!
The General Husbandry is an assessment to prove to yourself that you are a competent beekeeper managing your own hives in the variety of the situations the bees often throw up over the years.
The holder of this assessment can truly be proud of their beekeeping. This booklet hopes to guide you through techniques used successfully by experienced beekeepers.
Showing two assessors round your beekeeping enterprise can be quite a trial. It is easier to reproduce a task if it comes from physical memory rather than just book learnt so practising the manoeuvres required means you are confident.
This booklet does not include all the sections of the syllabus. The major omission is disease but APHA produce excellent booklets with good photographic illustrations on disease.
Dorothy Hodges was a trained artist with an artist’s acute powers of observation as well as being a beekeeper. In 1946 she had the idea of making a colour chat of pollen loads. It took several years for her ideas to gestate but the glorious outcome was the publication, by the then Bee Research Association, of The Pollen Loads of the Honeybee in 1952.
Designed as a very practical guide for beekeepers, the importance of the book was immense and it has long since risen from being a humble textbook and guide to a much sort after collectors’ item. Its rarity and importance mean that it is no longer easily obtainable and so difficult for the ordinary beekeeper to appreciate its contents. For this very reason IBRA has decided to reproduce Mrs Hodges’s delicate drawings of pollen grains as a separate publication and in so doh1g hopefully make her work known to other generations of beekeepers.
Although the painstakingly produced colour charts of the original book still have their value it would.not be possible to reproduce them with sufficient accuracy to do justice to the original work. However, the drawings lend them-selves to reasonable reproduction. They are of outstanding artistic merit and offer the possibility of identifying the pollen forms which are most frequently collected by bees. For beginners these drawings will do good service as an introduction to the pollen analysis of honey.
The drawings need no explanation other than a name – the family group, the Latin scientific name and the common English name – thus making the book independent of language barriers. This means it can be appreciated in many countries where the original work was unknown or is now out of reach because of rarity and cost.
The cover is taken from Dorothy Hodges own watercolour painting that she suggested might adorn the dust jacket of the original publication. The artwork was not used and so this booklet allows it to be seen publicly for the first time in almost sixty years.
Finally, for the convenience of the reader, the actual pollen drawings retain the same page numbers as the plates in the original book.
Translated from the French by Dr. Mark Pettus
Gold Medal BEST BOOK AWARD
National Agricultural Society, France
Learn natural beekeeping from Europe’s foremost beekeeping authority. Georges de Layens, inventor of the world’s most popular horizontal hive, shares a lifetime of experience on how to
• get started in simplified beekeeping
• choose the best hive model for you & your bees
• manage your hives with just two visits per year
• take advantage of horizontal hives & deep frames
• avoid unnecessary complications & procedures
• increase an apiary with natural or artificial swarms
• transfer bees from one hive model to another
• enhance bees’ health drug-free
• do without requeening, feeding & other chores
• understand honey plants and honeyflows
• make award-winning mead (foolproof formula)
• use foundation less frames, make wax foundation
• handle traditional hives (skeps, log hives, etc.)
• keep bees sustainably using local strains
• and MUCH more
Layens’ simple beekeeping boasts over 100 years of successful use, with 7 million hives in use today. Bee-friendly, productive, and fun, keeping bees can be easier than you ever imagined!
This is an account of a first year of beekeeping using Warre, Top Bar and Flow Hives.
A Beekeeper’s Year follows the progress of three novice beekeepers with three different types of hive, as they navigate their way through their first year of beekeeping. Follow their journey as they set up and manage their Top Bar, Warre and Flow hives – from obtaining bees to inspecting their hives, extracting honey and closing down the hive for the winter.
A Beekeeper’s Year is an ideal introduction to backyard beekeeping, with everything you need to know about what equipment is required, managing your hives, keeping your bees healthy and pest and disease control. It is packed with stunning yet practical photographs to help you understand these fascinating creatures that are essential to the production of our food.
A series of annotated diagrams was published in Bee Craft magazine from 2011 to 2014 to help readers understand honey bee biology. Many who were studying for the British Beekeepers’ Association assessments, especially Module 5, Honey Bee Biology, told us how useful they were, so we have collected them together in the first of the Bee Craft Reprints series.
The diagrams have been carefully drawn to illustrate the different sections of the syllabus which are numbered from 5.1 to 5.20. They have been kept as simple as possible to allow readers to practise reproducing them for their examination. Annotations to the drawings give details of the important points to know about the structures shown.
Now in its 33rd years of publication, the Annual is the longest running Annual in the history of British beekeeping. It serves as a reference source, a diary, a hive record resource which will prove invaluable throughout the year and a set of articles guaranteed to entertain and amuse. The perfect stocking filler for the enthusiastic beekeeper
The crucial role that bees play in the Earth’s ecosystem is well known. Over the last decades a dramatic decrease in bee health has been seen on a global scale. This deterioration is seen on a global scale in both domestic and wild bees, precipitating a wider ecological impact. Veterinarians, animal scientists and bee husbandry specialists increasingly need to be provided with the skills to investigate and understand the situation; Managing Bee Health aims to provide an overview of the health of bees at individual and hive level, covering common and emerging diseases and preventive measures.
Beginning with an overall analysis of bee anatomy and physiology, the book then deals with the main diseases and pathogens of bees and colonies and how to treat and control their clinical impact. Providing insights on bee nutrition, insect interaction with flowering plants, and presenting helpful points of contact to report suspected conditions, such as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The book looks at the global pathogen status of bees, including not only the honeybee (Apis mellifera) but also other members of the Apis family.
Managing Bee Health is a most useful guide for beekeepers, advisors, veterinarians and beekeeping enthusiasts, showing practical ways to understand bee health, treat sick or compromised hives and enhance the wellbeing and welfare of these wonderful creatures.
John Carr B.V.Sc., Ph.D., D.P.M., DiplE.C.P.H.M., M.R.C.V.S, is a specialised population medicine veterinary surgeon. He has taught production medicine and bee medicine at several universities around the world.
John also runs a consultancy practice with clients in the Americas, Europe,
Asia, Australia and Africa.
Heather Honey is the Queen of all honeys. To gain a good crop it is important to manage your stocks during the mid season in order that they are at their strongest in August. This Anthology brings together writings from all the past Great Heather Bee Masters – Francis Sitwell, Brother Adam, Colin Weightman & William Hamilton together with a contribution from one of the most successful current competitors – Peter Schollick
This important compendium has resulted from the enthusiasm and hard work of Ian Copinger, the compiler.
Bill Hesbach is a beekeeper and honey producer in Cheshire, Ct, where he owns and operates Wind Dance Apiary. Bill studied beekeeping at Rutgers University in NJ and is currently enrolled in the master beekeeping program at the University of Montana. Bill serves on the board of directors for the Backyard Beekeepers Association of Connecticut, where he helps teach new beekeepers, and designs and teaches advanced beekeeping courses. Bill has an avid interest in honey bee biology and beekeeping history. As an advocate for bees, Bill is an active speaker at local beekeeping organisations, area elementary and high schools, and regional agricultural programs. Bill is also a contributing writer to Bee Culture Magazine.