Instruction books for keeping bees
This collection of articles from The Beekeepers Quarterly, over a period of ten years, gather together the words of wisdom by a Great American Beekeeper. There is much that can be learnt from this reading this slim volume that will improve all beekeeping practice..Researcher, commercial beekeeper and finally bee geneticists – with experience in both America and Europe it was said of Steve that if he said it – ‘it was correct’.
Jo Widdicombe, B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science, has been beekeeping for over 30 years and has been a member of BIBBA for more than 25 years, serving on the BIBBA Committee. Jo worked as a Seasonal Bee Inspector for 5 years and is a Bee Farmer in Cornwall running over 100 colonies. ‘The Principles of Bee Improvement’ offers a practical approach and is an attempt to lay down guidelines which are true and applicable to beekeepers in any circumstance. Rather than searching the country, or the world, for the perfect bee to breed from, this book explains how to select and improve bees from the local bee population. It discusses the problems of importation, the use of natural and artificial selection, assessment of colonies and selection within a strain. By following these methods, the standards of our bees can be raised, producing gentle, hardy and productive bees.
Norman Carreck, Science Director IBRA says that “This is the definitive review by authors who have personally carried out much of the primary research on the topic” while Tom Seeley of Cornnell University suggests that it is “No other work describes so comprehensively, and with such excellent photographs and diagrams, the marvellous mating biology of honey bees”.
‘A truly impressive synthesis on an enormous body of research on the reproductive biology, and especially the mating behaviour of honey bees. No other work describes so comprehensively, and with such excellent photographs and diagrams, the marvellous mating biology of honey bees.’ Professor Tom Seeley, Cornell University
Create Natural beeswax products – candles, soap, balms, salves and home decor for health and home.
‘THIS IS THE BOOK I’ve been waiting thirty years for. Excellent instructions. Bountiful information. Beautifully done’. – Kim Flotsam, Editor Bee Culture Magazine.
Although written in the 1980s Ted Hooper’s manuscript for the Beginner’s Bee Book was lost for over twenty years before being rediscovered a short time before his death. The book has been revised and updated by Clive de Bruyn and Margaret Thomas to bring it up to date taking account of developments in equipment and disease. Although entitled Beginner’s Bee Baale, which was Ted Hooper’s own title for the book, it is perhaps better suited to beginners with a bit of knowledge. Intermediate beekeepers will also find much of use here.
This volume is a guide for new beekeepers and for all beekeepers who have acquired the increasingly popular Warré and Top Bar Hives and anyone who wishes to stop the use of chemicals in their beekeeping. It gives practical guidance, with clear instructions, line drawings, and photographs.
Joe is a retired systems engineer and has kept bees for over 30 years in the counties of Hampshire and Somerset. In retirement he has acted as a volunteer gardener for the National Trust at Stourhead but now spends his time propagating a strain of varroa-tolerant hygienic bees with fellow members of the Somerset Beekeeping Association.
All too often, books written for new beekeepers carry far too much information which can be confusing for the reader. Andrew’s book is an exception and will help the novice to quickly grasp the basics of beekeeping.
How much time will it take and what will it cost? What will the return be?
Basics, the bees, inside the hive, space, materials, options and objectives.
Getting started clothing, tools, stock, hives, location.
Colony management from managing the colony strength to everything you need to know about swarms. Colony protection.
Equipment, all you need to know as a beginner.
Where to learn more associations and resources Andrew’s detailed step-by-step guidelines are supported by excellent diagrams and colour photos which support and enhance the text.
Andrew Richards, a technical writer by profession and a distinguished Scottish Beekeeper, taught the craft for many years to generations of aspiring beekeepers.
His apiary, based in the Scottish lowlands, provided the inspiration for this book.
This influential guide by the Reverend L. L. Langstroth, ‘the father of modern beekeeping.” revolutionised the practice of beekeeping. Originally published in 1853, his work constitutes the first descriptive treatise of modern bee management – its innovations allowed people to engage in actual beekeeping, rather than simply handling bee domiciles and extracting the honey. This book explains and illustrates techniques still employed 150 years later – including the author’s patented invention, a movable frame hive that quickly spread into common use around the world [..] This version of Langstroth’s ever-popular manual is the fourth and final edition; it incorporates the author’s own revisions and remains an unsurpassed resource for beekeepers.A facsimile (2014) of the 3rd edition – originally published in 1860 under the title of A Practical Treatise on the Hive and the Honey Bee.
A must for any beekeeper and nearly as essential as an orange in the stocking at the bottom of the bed at Christmas. First published in 1984, this Annual, updated yearly, includes a listing of beekeeping associations, a diary and a large editorial sections of interesting articles.