Books for the advanced beekeeper
This volume, the sub title of which is Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey deals with honey and its health giving benefits from ancient civilizations until the advent of antibiotics together with the uses of honey in wound care. The book is intended as a guide to its benefits, based on historical research and the published results of laboratory experiments, case studies and clinical trials. The author is not a medical practitioner and thus this volume is nor intended as a manual for medical self treatment.
This book is a reliable and fascinating guide to one o f Borneo’s natural wonders – the diversity o f honey bees, their intriguing societies and their adaptations to the complex tropical environment. The admirable harmony of their social life , the precision of their combs and the richness of their honey stores are described, as well as the honey bee’s defence strategies against strong bears, fast flying birds and minute mites.
An array of unique, spectacular photographs allows the reader to visit the giant honey bees (Apis dorsata) in the canopy of the highest Koompassia trees and witness painful bee stings penetrating deeper and deeper into the skin. Unique in the animal kingdom are magnificent assemblies of thousands of drone s which, far from the safety of their nests, circle high in the air waiting for the arrival of a single virgin queen. The out standing taste and quality of honey of indigenous Asian bees is acknowledged and its unjustified degrading by honey standards of the western Apis mellifera is exposed. Sustainable keeping of indigenous bees for honey production in Asia must gain more momentum! The knowledge and aware ness disseminated by this book will undoubtedly help to protect native honey bees and their habitats in Borneo and elsewhere!
This book starts where many books on beekeeping leave off. Each chapter is devoted to a subject of great importance to the beekeeper in getting the best return from his bees. It shows what beekeeping practice and scientific research have found out, all over the world, and gives meticulous directions to the beekeeper based on these findings.
Meditation and the Art of Beekeeping explores the remarkable role bees play in keeping wildlife thriving and crops blooming. It combines practical beekeeping information with the environmental and spiritual lessons we can learn from the bees. Meditations based on Buddhist practice help you to experience the simple pleasure of the natural world.
Paul Mann a beekeeper for nearly 70 years, in Lancashire and now based in Dorset and following the success of his earlier book gives his contributions to the design of bee-houses. It includes plans which will allow the DIY handyman to construct their own.
The volume was originally published by NBB in 1984. Owen Meyer – a former General Secretary of the BBKA was a popular lecturer throughout the country on simple microscope. This book resulted from his lecture notes used at these events
“Honeybee Democracy is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, about humanity’s greatest friend among the insects. The honeybee is important not only for its role in agriculture but for what it has taught us concerning the fundamental nature of complex social organization. Seeley, its leading authority, here presents it to a broad readership, with scientific exactitude written in lyrical prose.” Edward 0. Wilson, coauthor of The Superorganism
Harvest your own honey, make your garden or orchard more productive, nurture local food systems, connect with nature, and help bring honey bees back from population decline. These are some of the benefits of becoming a beekeeper. Whatever your interest in honey bees, this reliable resource has all the expert advice you need to keep a thriving, productive hive.
Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees will guide you through every step of beekeeping, including:
• Planning a hive
• Acquiring bees
• Installing a colony
• Keeping your bees healthy
• Understanding and preventing diseases
• Harvesting honey crops
MALCOLM T. SANFORD is author of the Apis Newsletter and many articles on beekeeping for popular and scholarly magazines. He was Extension Beekeeping Specialist at the University of Florida for 20 years and is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The late RICHARD E. BONNEY was author of the books Beekeeping and Hive Management, the foundation for Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees.
A second, updated edition of a monograph for the initiated and the uninitiated on the strengths and weaknesses of current bee hive design. The author, John Yates is a much respected beekeeper, a former Chairman of the BBKA Exam Board and retired in 1986 as Chairman of his own consulting engineering company. It is in his professional role as a registered Chartered Engineer that he approaches the many problems associated with beekeeping discussed in this very important monograph which will be welcomed by old and new beekeepers alike. He believes very strongly that the older and experienced beekeepers should give something back to the craft: this is part of his contribution. This title will be of great interest to those who are interested in the tools of the craft.