Bee Masters

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    Bee Hive to Beekeeper & Bee Space to Bee Hive

    A Special Offer: Pre-Publication offer of £40 for both volumes

      Andrew Gibb

      Ann Harman

    Bee Hive to Beekeeper: Bees, beekeeping organisations, authors and research. The companion to Bee Space to Bee Hive, is expected mid-September. This book covers the introduction and development of bee strains to the UK, followed by details of the oldest UK beekeeping journal, a major beekeeping equipment supplier and important beekeeping organisations. Groundbreaking research into mating, parthenogenesis, bee behaviour, pheromones…

    Bee Space to Bee Hive

    Hives, beekeeping equipment and beekeeping methods

      Andrew Gibb

      Ann Harman

    "This book provides a fascinating insight into how beehives, beekeeping equipment and beekeeping methods have developed over the centuries. Lengthy observation enabled the discovery of the importance of bee space by Revd LL Langstroth, and after this discovery the ingenuity of many beekeepers has solved numerous problems associated with colony management. The evolution of ideas and creations by many well…

    Interviews with Beekeepers

      Steve Donohoe

    https://youtu.be/NDMGqcT52gs A rare insight into the lives of commercial beekeepers, warts and all, Interviews With Beekeepers is gold dust to anyone who wants to know more about keeping bees. For author Steve Donohoe, beekeeping was a form of therapy - an escape from the stresses of corporate life to something natural and healing. Steve decided to write the book that…

    The Joy of Bees (Translated by Paul Tout)

    Bees as a model of sustainability and beekeeping as an experience involving nature and human history

      Paolo Fontana

    Paolo Fontana's book was first published in Italian in 2017. It has, I understand, sold several thousand copies which is quite remarkable for a specialist book on bees. I have had a career spanning academia, education and publishing. It is not surprising, therefore, that I have done a lot of reading and I love books. Indeed I still add to…

    That Year at Cornborough

    A Beekeeper's Journal

      Bernard Tinsley

    The Revd. B. Tinsley, former Rector of Newton Tracey kept bees for many years in Devon. He was past Chairman of the Northern Branch of the Devon Beekeepers' Association and was well know and respected for his abilities in the craft. This is a  description of what happened month by month in his apiary.

    The Best of Bee Talk

      Richard Taylor

    Taken from over 200 columns Richard Taylor submitted to Bee Culture Magazine over 20 years of writing. The information, the emotion and the grace of each work is exactly as it was originally published.

    Beekeeping Tips and Topics

      Elbert R. Jaycox

    This is a collection of articles written by Elbert Jaycox for the newsletter Bees & Honey during 1975 - 1981 when he was the beekeeping specialist at the University of Illinois. As you would expect from such an expert it is packed with pearls of wisdom - based on his lifetime experiences or gathered from a wide reading of the…

    Honeybee Nests

    Composition, Structure, Function

      H. R. Hepburn

      C. W. W. Pirk

    This work, a sequel to Honeybees and Wax published nearly 30 years ago, starts with a brief introduction and discussion of nesting sites, their spaces and densities, self-organisation of nest contents, and interspecific utilisation of beeswax. The following chapters cover communication by vibrations and scents and wax secretion, and discuss the queen in relation to the combs. Discussions on completed…

    Taylorʼs of Welwyn

      Robert Hawker

    Thomas Bates Blow was from a working class background and leading a life with little direction until he was befriended by a member of a leading British family: with his patronage and much hard work, Thomas laid the foundation of what was to become the largest business in Europe supplying the requirements of beekeepers. This volume charts the history of…

    Beemasters of the Past

      Victor Dodd

    Victor Dodd highlights some of the men and women who have contributed to the craft over the years. His book makes many of the names of the past come alive as real persons. A reprint of the 1983 edition.

    Words of Wisdom

    A Collection of Apicultural Essays

      Ian Copinger

    Prize winning beekeeping essays to keep you entertained and amused! “For some years I have taken to writing an essay for the Essay Class in the National Honey Show. I was delighted to be receiving either a Third or a Very Highly Commended ticket. Then in 2009 The Art of Coarse Beekeeping won me first prize to be followed by…

    Beekeeping Between Two Queens. Nottinghamshire 1901-1952

      John Stuart Ching

    Following on from the work "Beekeeping in Victorian Nottinghamshire" which covered the reign of Queen Victoria from her accession in 1837 until her death in 1901, this work covers the half-century from then to the death in 1952 of King George VI. (During the period of this work Britain was ruled by ruled by three kings plus one who relinquished…

    The Feminine Monarchie

    The History of Bees. Translation by Rev Owen in modern english of the original 1623 Butler

      Charles Butler

    The Feminine Monarchie is an early and remarkable work of English natural history, first published in 1609, and written by a scholarly country parson of wide ranging interests. Like the later Gilbert White of Selborne, a distant relation, Charles Butler had a deep curiosity about the natural world and recorded his discoveries methodically, in keeping with the growing scientific mood…

    The Feminine Monarchie. Facsimile of 1623

      Charles Butler

    A hard back facsimile of Butler 1623. Charles Butler (1560-1647), sometimes called the Father of English Beekeeping, was a logician, grammarist, author, minister (Vicar of Wootton St Lawrence, near Basingstoke, England), and an influential beekeeper. He was also an early proponent of English spelling reform. He observed that bees produce wax combs from scales of wax produced in their own…

    Great Masters of Beekeeping

      Ron Brown

    Ron Brown O.B.E. has been keeping bees in Britain and in Africa for forty years. Apart from Beeswax, he is the author of Beekeeping, a seasonal guide; Honey Bees - a guide to management and 1000 years of Devon Beekeeping. His last book All around the Compass is an account of his wartime experience in Coastal Command. This book was…

    In Praise of Bees

      Elizabeth Birchall

    This fascinating and comprehensive book explores the bee's place in human society from prehistoric cave paintings and inscribed clay tablets through to our contemporary world - a cabinet whose drawers are filled with nuggets of bee science and practical beekeeping, myth, religion, politics, philosophy and folklore. There is a selection of verse and a rich variety of illustrations ranging from…

    For the Love of Bees

      Lesley Bill

    An account of the life of Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey, a world famous beekeeper, by a Devon beekeeper who travelled with Adam on some of his journeys searching for the perfect bee. The story of Brother Adam and Buckfast Abbey two names that will always be linked in the beekeepers mind. An updated edition of the 1989 volume.

    Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey

      Brother Adam

    This is the definitive account of beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey. It is not a manual but a general account of the beekeeping as carried out at Buckfast. It demonstrates that every piece of equipment, every manipulation, every aspect of management was designed to achieve the best possible result, calling for a minimum of effort and time, a lesson we can…

    Buckets of Honey from Boxes of Bees

      Ken Pickles

    Ken Pickles , the Wharfedale Beekeeper has written a wide ranging text reviewing his beekeeping philosophy and the underlying reasons for their success. Certainly a must for any Yorkshireman. It recalls Summer evening sitting by his hives, the lure of the craft and all that it is associated with.

    Mary Bumby

    The First Person To Take Honey Bees To New Zealand

      Anne Middleditch

      David F. Bumby

    This is the remarkable story of Mary Bumby who was the first person to take honeybees to New Zealand. When, in 1838, her brother, John, was appointed as superintendent missionary at the Mangungu Mission House in New Zealand she decided to accompany him to look after him and act as his housekeeper. Because John liked honey Mary took with her…

    Queens' Land

      Norman V. Rice

    An account of the trials and tribulations of bee farming by one of its most successful practitioners. John Rawson was a bee farmer for 42 years and at various times acted as Chairman and Vice Chairman of The Bee Farmers Association of Great Britain. This is the account of the the experiences of Norman Rice, at one time the largest…

    The Bee Book Book

    A Manual for Collectors

      Geoffrey Lawes

    A quite excellent and very readable account of the ‘how’ the ‘why’ and the ‘worth’ of bee book collection. Geoff Lawes has written a book based on a lifetime of collecting bee books of great value to bibliophiles. He describes clearly the necessary approaches to a collection, the value of editions and condition. A manual for bee book collectors explaining…