Instruction books for keeping bees
Pollen is fascinating material for anyone interested in looking down a microscope, or discovering where their bees have been foraging. The variety of sizes and shapes gives clues as to the ingenious ways plants utilise the weather and insect behaviour to deliver pollen to its intended destination.
This second edition of the book shares techniques on successful microscopy accompanied by many more illustrations of Norman’s pollen drawings and their source.
This book provides a general description of honey bee nutrition in temperate/ continental climate of the northern hemisphere. The text is based on a substantial body of contemporary research taken from the subject literature (over 1350 references) and the author’s own experience gathered over 40 years of working with bees.
Our gardens would be unrecognisable without the gentle buzz of the humble honeybee. Yet in recent years bee populations have suffered from the loss of green spaces and need our help.
Planting for Honeybees is a charmingly illustrated, practical guide on how to help attract these delightful pollinators – whether you only have a city window ledge or a whole country garden. With advice on the blooms to grow, and when and where to plant them, this book reveals the tips and tricks to creating a buzz and a better future for our
This title details the making and decorating of flat sheets of wax for petals and leaves; of roses, crocuses, and other wax foundation flowers. “I have been making wax flowers for a long time and I must say that I have really enjoyed it. I hope you will too ” Elizabeth Duffin
This book is a series of Articles compiled mainly from the articles in the Scottish Beekeeper magazine.
It is a book about practical beekeeping.
The vast majority of articles have been written by Ian Craig MBE, Eric McArthur; and Charles Irwin, who are members of the Glasgow and District Beekeepers’ Association and have made a huge contribution to Scottish beekeeping over the years. All three are Expert Beekeepers and if their experience was measured in beekeeping years (1 year for each year a beehive kept) it would amount to thousands. This book only covers the areas they have published, their knowledge is even more encompassing. Ian as Education Convener of the Scottish Beekeepers Association, helped educate at least 2 generations of beekeepers – through workshops on microscopy, honey and wax as well as through his Association talks. Eric and Charlie have mentored numerous people passing on their expertise. All 3 being involved in running the beginner classes on beekeeping in the Glasgow area.
This book, hopefully will not just be a book to mark the centenary of the Glasgow and District Beekeepers Association but also a book to mark the contribution these beekeepers have made as well as being a reference book and source of information regarding beekeeping.
A few years ago, I spoke to a group of ladies about beekeeping. They had listened with interest and at the end of the talk had asked several interesting and perceptive questions. It was mentioned that one lady who belonged to their group had chosen not to attend the meeting as she didn’t believe in the ethics of beekeeping. I was rather surprised at this. We beekeepers tend to think we are the good guys, that without beekeepers, honey bees could become an endangered species. Our bees are one of the most important pollinators of flowers, and they have enormous significance in the production of many foodstuffs.
This exchange lingered in my mind and the more I considered it, I realised how complicated and many faceted were the ethics of beekeeping. Beekeeping is beset by choices and choice by its very nature could involve, to a greater or lesser extent, ethics. This book is trying to clarify where, in beekeeping, there are ethical choices to be made.
The author suggests that Top Bar hives offer a gentler way of practicing the craft. “We have a duty to our bees and as beekeepers we must be in the forefront of change for nature, not mere puppets in some commercial enterprise”.
This volume gives advice on managing colonies in top bar hives and provides notes and illustrations for the construction of a top bar hive.
The purpose of this text is to introduce beekeepers, people considering keeping bees and those interested in processing and marketing, to the large diversity of products this can be derived from beekeeping for income generation. The publication describes each category of products (Including cosmetics) derived from basic bee products such as honey, pollen, wax, propolis, royal jelly, venom and adult and larval honeybees; for each category it provides information about history, product quality and marketing and a few selected recipes. A detailed bibliography, a list of equipment suppliers, equivalents for conversion of weights and Codex Allimentarius standards for honey are given In the annexes.
In this work, the author explains his own use of a particular pattern of long hives which he has made to his own design, but which is derived from standard lines. The hives have been in use for ten years, which some bee keepers will say is not long enough to prove its efficiency. However, many different systems have been advocated and explained to bee keepers over the years, and how many of those systems, however long in use, have proved 100% efficient? Bees, like many things in nature, are compelled to adapt to their behaviour greatly to suit the varying climate year by year.
This book has been published to make bee keepers think, and I believe it may do just that.
Professor Clarence Collison has performed the meticulous scholarship so desperately needed by beekeepers and scientists alike. He has reviewed the vast body of research: the biology, physiology, biochemistry and behaviour of Apis mellifera and presented it in an concise and objective manner. This book will be required reading of all serious bee scientists, and on the desk of every beekeeper for fact-checking and scientific clarification. (Lawrence John Connor)