Reference books on all aspects of the craft
Healthy Bees are Happy Bees is a comprehensive guide to bee health and sickness. The book details beekeeping problems, pests, parasites and diseases in depth and offers practical guidance rooted in beekeeping experience about preventing, controlling or curing threats to bee colonies to encourage more sustainable beekeeping practice. Environmental considerations, the effects of food, genetics, health and hygiene and the interactions of bees with the weather all combine to bring a hew and holistic approach to the topic. This book presents the reader with an in-depth examination of all aspects of bee diseases in a way that has not previously been available in a single book.
It is widely known that our bee population is under threat and that honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees are all in decline. Our own population growth directly impacts that of the bees as the spread of intensive agriculture destroys the bees’ flower-rich habitats, threatening them and the important contribution they make to our lives.
Our gardens are therefore fast becoming an alternative source of food for many of our bee species and these spaces are crucial if our native bees are to survive and thrive. Mixed planting will provide food for all species of bee and ‘Plants for Bees’ presents a comprehensive list of which plants are most suited to which bees and gives expert guidance on the level of importance of each.
A simple key system allows the reader to quickly identify which plants are best suited to which bee and is supported by beautiful photographs of plants and bees. Highly informative and extremely useful for experts and hobbyists alike, ‘Plants for Bees’ provides all the information you need to plant a bee-friendly garden.
This very recent title clearly shows how to create or adapt a garden to attract and nurture bees. It includes how bees forage, what bees you can expect in your garden and what plants are best for them What varieties of plants are best suited to provide for their needs How the gardener can offer and maintain a bee friendly garden A gazetteer of selected bee-friendly plants arranged by type of plants in seasonal sub-sections. Maureen Little is a professional garden designer and beekeeper, so writes with a great deal of authority. Extensively illustrated with colour plates.
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
Established along with European settlers, honey bees are an essential part of the landscape. Yet, how do we define a honey bee? And how does the honey bee accomplish the many tasks that aid not only the survival of the colony but our own as well? In Honey-Maker:
• How honey bees set up house, manage a vegetarian lifestyle, and make a beeline
• What honey bees do to warm and cool the beehive
• How honey bees make beeswax, honey, and bee bread
• Why honey bees are in our gardens and how they tell other bees the way to get there
• How the honey bee is related to other insects-and to us
“I didn’t think there was another way to write a book about bees …. This one should be on your shelf.” – Kim Flottum, Editor, Bee Culture Magazine
“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.