Instruction books for keeping bees
A detailed account of the essential operations and management that a beekeepers performs throughout the year by a retired systems engineer who has kept bees for over 30 years. Joe Bleasdale is a retired systems engineer and has kept bees for over 30 years in the counties of Hampshire and Somerset. He also gardens and makes cider from his little orchard. He is married, with two grown up children, a daughter who now teaches Yoga and keeps chickens, and a son who owns an orchard in Wales and sells cider and apple trees. He is a member of the Somerset branch of the British Beekeeping Association and lives in Brewham.
“Spend less time reading how to assemble a frame and more time understanding what it takes for you and the bees to produce the wax, honey and pollen that goes into that comb. This is a book focused on compassionate animal husbandry. There is a strong ‘natural’ focus for beekeepers who want to avoid or minimise pesticides and reduce stress on the bees. A book of thought-provoking, science-based discussion designed for individuals and beekeeping clubs who mentor new beekeepers. [..] this book should be in everyone’s library or more importantly in every bee bag or bee truck for a quick reference to that one issue that eludes your knowledge base.” Becky Jones, CT.
This is a reprint of the first edition of the classic title by Robert Couston – a beekeeper still held in high regard by Scottish beekeepers over twenty since his death. Robert combined great experience as East of Scotland Beekeeping Adviser with the ability to describe, even the most complicated procedures, with great clarity.
No other guide explains in such details the true potential and accessibility of beekeeping or of being a beekeeper. Beekeeping can provide anyone with an interesting and useful hobby or a lucrative and rewarding business. It is recognised as a vital agricultural industry and can therefore also offer you a globe trotting career. The whole subject is, however, often shrouded in mystery and loaded with jargon, leaving many people unaware of its true potential or how to start. This book strips away all the mystery and explains step by step how – from day one – you can start beekeeping as a hobby; how you can progress to running a beekeeping business; or how you can start a career as a beekeeper which can quite easily take you all over the world. No other guide explains in such details the true potential and accessibility of beekeeping or of being a beekeeper.
This book will tell you how to start keeping bees in any location, whether urban or rural. It covers everything you need to know in an accessible and clear manner, from choice of hive and health of bees: right through the bee year to harvesting and storing your own honey. David Cramp a contributor to The Beekeepers Quarterly is widely experienced, having kept bees in the UK, Spain and now New Zealand.
If you are just starting to keep bees, or simply want to find out about bees and beekeeping, this authoritative guide provides a complete introduction to starting out as a beekeeper. The book introduces the reader to all areas of beekeeping including the workings of the colony, the structure of a hive, how to acquire bees and keep them healthy and the key events in the beekeeping year, along with answering a number of frequently asked questions such as how to prevent swarming and how often to inspect the hive. Ivor Davis is a past president of the BBKA, a Master Beekeeper and one of the few people to hold the National Diploma in Beekeeping.” Roger Cullum-Kenyon has been a beekeeper for many years and is managing director of BBKA Enterprises Ltd.
Managing a hive of calmly productive honey bees amid the bustle of a town or city may seem like an attractive prospect, but is it really possible? Luke Dixon shares his wealth of experience in this compelling account that describes how urban bees enjoy excellent health, help pollinate plants, produce rich and plentiful honey, and make for a rewarding hobby. Enhanced by the stories of beekeepers around the world, who describe how honey bees bring a new dimension to city living, the book also provides the practical essentials for the first year, from establishing a hive and reassuring neighbours to sourcing a nucleus, hiving a swarm, and harvesting honey.Luke Dixon is a professional beekeeper based in Soho, London. He manages hives for the London College of Fashion, Ted Baker, and Kensington Palace.
This book examines the issues surrounding modern day beekeeping practices and advances a case for the use of natural comb hives to allow the bees species-specific behaviours to be expressed. The author suggests the top-bar hive of Émile Warré as a practical and economical alternative to frame hives and describes the bee-friendly features of its operation. The book includes construction plans and modern tips for its management. In recent years beekeepers have suffered heavy losses of colonies. This book examines the possible issues behind this problem and drawing on our knowledge of bee biology identifies a possible approach to keeping bees that is more bee-appropriate. A case is made for making natural comb the centre of a way of beekeeping that better respects the nature of the honey-bee. Among the hives based on relatively natural comb is that of Émile Warré and the author describes the bee-friendly features of its operation. 80 colour illustrations and 16 line drawings. Fully annotated with supporting 117-reference bibliography including. up-to-date apiological and apicultural primary literature. thoroughly indexed. suitable for beginners who already have a basic knowledge of the life of the honey bee, as well as for beekeepers with experience who want to discover a more bee-friendly way, either with their existing hives or with the Warré hive. printed on recycled paper.
With so much information available on diseases and health related matters, today’s beekeepers are in danger of becoming overwhelmed. The aim of this book is to help beekeepers establish healthy honeybee colonies, assess their condition and take appropriate action, Diseases are dealt with in a concise format to improve readability and are referenced to the latest peer reviewed research. The book emphasises the importance of proper set up involving an integrated approach to health management, in effect a preventive system that comes at little extra cost to the beekeeper.