Instruction books for keeping bees
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.
This handbook is helpful for those taking the Practical Examination of the BBKA. It includes introductory advice on the setting and procedure of the Examination and deals with both the practical and oral requirements of the syllabus.
This is the only single volume that covers all aspects of the syllabus for this examination. This Third Edition published in 2014 has a contents list which is based upon the existing syllabus. As such it is a very necessary text for all those interested in sitting the examination and will also prove helpful for all interested in microscopy.
This book is a wonderful guide and aid for experienced beekeepers who can and want to offer children more than simply letting them watch bees behind a mesh enclosure ……. (and) this is an invaluable book for anyone who wants to, or is currently, teaching children the craft of beekeeping and I would thoroughly recommend it being added to your association library or your own bookshelf” Gareth Morgan, BBKA Trustee.
Using his extensive portfolio of beautiful photographs, Lindtner tells the story of the important relationship between pollinators and plants. Lindtner’s life work is the cataloging of plants that serve as important resources to honey bees, arguably our most important pollinator in the agricultural arena. He couples his photographs with ecological and taxonomic information about each plant, and provides a rating system that reflects the importance of each plant to honey bee nutrition. Pictures of pollen and descriptions of the morphology of the pollen grains set this work apart from other guides to pollen plants.
This book, which could be considered a “coffee table” book due to the beautiful images throughout, will become a beekeepers and gardeners handbook. The search for planting options for honey bees and other pollinators is arguably one of the most understudied and anecdotal pursuits in the art and science of beekeeping. The valuable information provided in this book allows us to see the plant’s value from the honey bee’s perspective.