Instruction books for keeping bees
This is the best book for the absolute beginner. It is easy to read, clearly illustrated and is written in a style which makes it easy to understand. For those who have a passing interest in keeping bees – want to know what the hobby requires and need a book that will take them through their first two years of the craft – this is it. Alan Campion uses his own experience to describe in plain terms how to go about setting up a hive, what to do during the first few years and what to expect from your bees. The text is beautifully illustrated with line drawings by Gay Hodgson.
John Atkinson draws on his long and varied experience as a beekeeping adviser, honey farmer, bee breeder and writer, to help beekeepers to understand the complexities of this most important aspect of the craft. This is a thoroughly absorbing book – an up to date treatise on the philosophy and practice of bee breeding.
This Handbook is designed for both the beginner and the experienced book keeper and is written from a practical viewpoint which has been developed from a life times beekeeping experience. Harry Riches is a Past President and Chairman of the British Beekeepers Association.
John Yates wrote a series of monthly articles for the Plymouth Branch of the Devon Beekeepers’ Association during the period August 1989 – October 1992. These were published as a most successful book later in 1992. The volume is full of wise advice and beekeeping insight which while written for the micro-climate around Plymouth can be applied anywhere in Great Britain so long as notice is taken of regional climate which in some parts is 3 or 4 weeks in arrears. A final box of this title has been recently discovered in our stockroom. Buy it now!!
A basic text which suggests that money can be made from the craft. “Dr Croft is a beekeeper with an apiary in Greater Manchester. He is also a university lecturer engaged on research on the honey bee. Recently, he has led the campaign against the misrepresentation of British honey, and is well known as a lecturer on this subject throughout the country.
This popular guide to beekeeping, designed for beekeepers and prospective beekeepers throughout North America, has been highly praised by both professionals and amateurs. The book has been thoroughly revised and updated in this third edition. It offers full instructions on how to start an apiary, beginning with advice on appropriate sites (even a Los Angeles or New York City rooftop will support a hive or two), equipment, obtaining bees, feeding, swarm control, maintenance and honey extraction, and continuing with information on predators, diseases and requeening. The chapter on mead, the wine made from honey, provides easy-to-follow instructions for the home winemaker.
The Complete Guide to Beekeeping is considered the standard introductory work on the subject. It is an indispensable tool for the novice beekeeper.