Instruction books for keeping bees
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.
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.