Instruction books for keeping bees
These notes are of use for beekeepers contemplating entering the BBKA Basic Certificate, SBKA Basic Beemasters Certificate and the FIBKA Preliminary Certificate. Each part of the syllabus for the exams are addressed and the notes, should cover everything that the Examiner is likely to ask the Candidate
‘This is an excellent guide for hobby beekeepers who wish to keep bees using top-bar hives. Drawing on his more than thirty years of beekeeping experience in New Mexico, author Les Crowder describes in detail the special comb-management techniques that this low-cost, but relatively intense, form of beekeeping requires. Top- Bar Beekeeping also provides an eloquent appeal for beekeepers to make care, respect, and reverence the foundation of their relationships with the bees.’ – Thomas Seeley, Cornell University
“Essential reading for any beekeepers exploring the world of microscopy. Clear, concise and practical”. Celia Davis, Author of The Honey Bee Inside Out & The Honey Bee Around and About.
“An invaluable step-by-step overview of the microscopy tasks candidates may be required to perform or discuss in the British Beekeepers’ Association assessments”. John Hendrie, Beekeepers’ Association Examination Board.
A charming and practical guide to accompany the beekeeper through each season of the beekeeping year. In-depth but simple instruction for all the techniques you need, from choosing and siting your hive to controlling swarms, rearing queens and, of course, harvesting the tastiest honey. Packed with expert advice for beekeepers of all levels, weather you are just starting out or an experienced apiarist wishing to develop your skills. Ron Brown (OBE) has over 50 years’ experience of keeping bees, both in Britain and central Africa. A former editor of the monthly journal Beekeeping, he has travelled al over the world to give lectures on specialist beekeeping topics.Ron Brown first produced this classic title in 1985 and Batsford the publishers are to be congratulated with this updated 2011 reprint, While lacking the rather poor photos of the earlier edition the information and readability of this edition is first rate.Ron died early in April 2011 but his wisdom and knowledge lives on.
This guide is designed for bee keepers to carry with them and use in the apiary and out in the field. It is a diagnostic toot and an aide memoire for the hobbyist and the professional beekeeper, who may know what to do but wilt at times need the information close to hand.
• A troubleshooting guide to problems with colonies and queen bees
• A guide to the field diagnosis, treatment and control of diseases
• Seasonal apiary management checklists
• Hive product harvesting checklists
• The beekeeper’s ready reckoner
The second and revised edition of this fully illustrated and handy guide to the apiary brings the science and craft of beekeeping to beekeepers right where they need it – in the field with the bees.
DAVID CRAMP BSc has been a bee keeper for twenty years. He spent a year at the Bee Research Unit at the University of Wales (Cardiff) where he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Apiculture. He then kept bees in various remote parts of Spain, specialising in organic honey production, before moving to New Zealand in 2004 to manage a four-thousand hive pollination and manuka honey beekeeping operation. He has written extensively for the UK, US and Spanish bee press, as well as editing the on line beekeeping magazine Apis UK. David is also the author of the bestselling and comprehensive A Practical Manual of Beekeeping.
A clear introduction of the value of the honey bee, now updated in a second edition.What Celia Davis brings to this area of beekeeping is clarity. [..] A ‘must have’ for any beekeeping library. – Adrian Waring, NDB, past General Secretary, British Beekeepers’ Association. This book is designed to present detailed information about the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee in a clear and concise format. Each of the eight chapters cover an aspect of bee biology and all are copiously illustrated. The author has drawn most of the diagrams from her own dissections, giving a realistic rather that idealistic impression of the parts involved. The sections are:• External bodywork • Internal workings • Control systems • Breeding • Growing up • Keeping it all together • Colony reproduction • Inside and outside influencesAlso included are an appendix giving the background to scientific terminology, a wide-ranging glossary including phonetic spellings and suggestions for further reading. This second edition has been fully updated and it also includes an additional appendix describing how to undertake your own honey bee dissections and the equipment required. This is a book that will inform anybody who is interested in this fascinating insect. It is based on the examination modules set by the British Beekeepers’ Association, but this text will prove interesting for anyone wanting to know more about our honey bees. The production of a second edition is indeed a triumph; the success of this book ranks Celia Davis among the ‘greats’ of beekeeping authors.” Michael Badger, MBE, past-president, British Beekeepers’ Association.
Better Beekeeping takes serious beekeepers past the beginning stages.”In Better Beekeeping, Kim takes serious beekeepers past the beginning stages, past the learning curves, and the days of early errors. Better Beekeeping leaps the major hurdles of keeping bees today – migratory beekeeping, pesticide polluted fields, monoculture crops, and unpredictable queens – and offers solutions and rewards for keeping bees a better way. [..] Better Beekeeping is the most lucid call to action ever written about land-based beekeeping. Eighteenth-century beekeeper Christian Sprengel once said, ‘There should be standing armies of bees.’ This book is the first step-by-step guide that instructs readers how to make that happen. Even if you’re not a beekeeper, this book is a must-read for environmentalists, food aficionados, and political history, social sciences, and agricultural policies should be more supportive of beekeepers – Tammy Horn, author of Bees in America and Beeconomy: What women and bees can teach us about local trade and the global market. There are numerous beekeeping books on the shelves that instruct on ‘how to’, but Better Beekeeping is a book that explores ‘why to,’ which is essential for this ever-changing world of beekeeping today. [..]This is a must-have book for any beekeeper wanting to think outside the box ” Jennifer Berry, research coordinator at the University of Georgia’s Honey Bee Research Lab, commercial queen and nuc producer, and columnist for Bee Culture magazine.
Pam Gregory, a former Regional Bee Inspector for Wales and Claire Waring, Editor of Bee Craft have joined together to write this Green Guide. These experts, as you would expect have produced a comprehensive and straightforward guide to the rewarding pastime of beekeeping. Over 200 colour pictures.
Bees are an essential part of our natural world and their importance in pollinating our food crops cannot be overstated. Over a third of the world’s food is dependent upon pollinators, of which the honey bee Apis mellifera is possibly the most important. This comprehensive and informative book introduces newcomers to the fascinating and rewarding craft of beekeeping and honey production and sets out in simple terms the needs of this complex creature.Topics covered within the book include:• Setting up your first hive• How to handle bees correctly and with confidence• Practical advice on the honey harvest• Winter feeding and inspection• Marketing your bee products and the legal requirements• Diseases, how to avoid them and how to deal with them