General Recollection

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    A Beekeeper’s Life

    Tales from the Bottom Board

      Ed Colby

    Since 2002, Ed Colby has amused, inspired and occasionally educated beekeepers with his Bottom Board column in Bee Culture magazine. With a blend of humor and pathos, he shares not only his remarkable adventures with God’s favorite insect but also reflects on friendship, love, life, death, and the fickle winds of fortune. Ed grew up in Brazil, Montana, Mexico and…

    The Pollen Landscape

      Joss Bartlett

    Honey bees carrying pollen are a familiar sight to anyone who has watched them collecting it from flowers or bringing it back to a hive. But which kinds of pollen do they use, how do they find it, and what do they use it for? Environmental pressures on all pollinating insects, including honey bees, mean that questions like these have…

    The Honeybees of the British Isles

      Beowulf A. Cooper

    A most important book on breeding, mating behaviour, selection and all aspects of the native British bee by a GIANT of beekeeping. This classic title, long out of print, has now been reissued by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association. Beowulf Cooper was one of the founding members of The Bee Improvement & Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA) and responsible for…

    Bees and Their Keepers

      Lotte Möller

    “I didn't want to put it down. It would make a lovely gift for a gentle read at Christmas.” Margaret Ginman - Bee Farmer, Book Review: October 2020. Beekeeper and garden historian Lotte Moller explores the activities inside and outside the hive while charting the bees' natural order and habits. With a light touch she uses her encyclopaedic knowledge of…

    Nine lectures on Bees

      Rudolf Steiner

    These lectures were given by Rudolf Steiner to the workmen employed on the building of the Goetheanum. For some years Rudolf Steiner had almost every week devoted an hour to the spiritual welfare of those who laboured, whether as masons, smiths, plasterers or joiners, etc., in the erection of the building he had planned. They were an expression of the…

    Russian Honey Bees

    With a foreword by Benjamin Oldroyd

      Thomas E. Rinderer

      Steven E. Coy

    Russian Honey Bees are a stock of honey bees that were bred to be resistant to Varroa mites and have good beekeeping functionality for both honey production and pollination. This book describes the project to produce the Russian honey bee stock, conducted over 20 years of work by the combined efforts of scientists and beekeepers. Practical information on the management…

    Bee Optimism (Paperback)

    Translational Research Can Rescue Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

      Jay D. Evans

    Jay is an imaginative bee scientist who communicates clearly using every-day language. His book is an absorbing, provocative, entertaining and uplifting read. Scientific research sometimes produces information that is difficult to take advantage of in practice; until later translational research fills the gaps enabling us to understand the fuller picture. Thus, we tend to progress in waves as initial frustration…

    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…

    Bee Optimism (Hardback)

    Translational Research Can Rescue Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

      Jay D. Evans

    Jay is an imaginative bee scientist who communicates clearly using every-day language. His book is an absorbing, provocative, entertaining and uplifting read. Scientific research sometimes produces information that is difficult to take advantage of in practice; until later translational research fills the gaps enabling us to understand the fuller picture. Thus, we tend to progress in waves as initial frustration…

    The Jefferson Beekeeping Guide

    Whitby Beekeepers Association

      Tony Jefferson

    All three generations of the Jefferson Family from Whitby, North Yorkshire are famed for their beekeeping knowledge and expertise. This 41 page booklet is full of advice and beekeeping knowledge that only long time experience can bring. Northern Bee Books strongly recommends this title. Tony writes in his introduction .. "
You may well gather as you thumb through this "booklet"…

    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…

    Bees and Man

    Short stories of beekeepers and beekeeping events

      Wm. Michael Hood

    Dr. Hood was in an enviable position that enabled him to visit many beekeepers and situations with bees. The reader is introduced to some very interesting and creative beekeepers and Dr. Hood's inter­twined explanations of the honey bee's life, along with other rela­tives such as yellowjackets, make this book useful for a broad range of readers. Prepare to be amused…

    The Good Bee

    A Celebration of Bees and How to Save Them

      Alison Benjamin

      Benjamin, A

      Brian McCallum

    Bees are our most loyal ally. These enigmatic creatures are a key lynchpin in the working of our planet. Without them our world would simply not function. We can all help protect them - and they desperately need protecting - but you can't save what you don't love. And you can't love what you don’t know. In The Good Bee,…

    The Poetry of Bees

      Liz Westcott

    Liz Westcott has been keeping bees since 2005 and runs about 20 colonies in Brixham, Devon. Inspired by the bees to enter the Poetry Class at various local shows, Liz found that she enjoyed writing the poems as much as keeping the bees! She is an active and enthusiastic member of the Torbay Branch of the Devon Beekeepers Association. Liz…

    The Idle Beekeeper

    The Low-Effort, Natural Way to Keep Bees

      Bill Anderson

    From building a hive to harvesting honey, a top urban beekeepers shows how to keep bees the simple way. Global bee populations have been rapidly declining for years, and it's not just our honey supply that's at stake: the contribution of bees to the pollination of various crops is essential to human survival. But even in industrial apiaries, bees are…

    A Nomad Amongst the Bees

      Julian Johnston

    Julian Johnston started beekeeping when he was six years old and continued it in his various travels around the world with the Army and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This is an account of a life spent with bees, both during the authors Army carrier and later in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before becoming for nine years the…

    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.

    Steve Taber on Beekeeping - BKQ Volume 2

    From the archives of the Beekeepers Quarterly, Volume 2. For a New Generation of Beekeepers

      Steve Taber

    This collection of articles from The Beekeepers Quarterly, over a period of ten years, gather together the words of wisdom by a Great American Beekeeper. There is much that can be learnt from this reading this volume that will improve all beekeeping practice. Researcher, commercial beekeeper and finally bee geneticists - with experience in both America and Europe it was…

    Sixty Years with Smoker and Veil

      Robert N. H. Skilling

    The distillation of the life times beekeeping experience by the longest serving editor of The Scottish beekeeper. This gem of a book is packed full of valuable tips guaranteed to improve every beekeeper's honey crop.

    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…

    Home and Away

    Adventures in Beekeeping in the UK and Africa

      John Home

    During well over fifty years of beekeeping experience, John Home has twice served as Chairman of the UK Bee Farmers Association - one of only two members ever to be invited to serve a second term - and is also a former Chairman of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association and it's local Warwick and Leamington branch.​​In Home and Away he looks…

    Bee Quest

    In Search of Rare Bees

      Dave Goulson

    A hunt for the most elusive bees leads Dave Goulson from Salisbury Plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle. Dave Goulson’s wit, humour and deep love of nature makes him the ideal travelling companion. This utterly charming book will inspire you…

    Artist and Beekeeper

    A Visual Journey

      Jack Fieldhouse

    A life history together with a collection of drawings and poems by a 93 year old Somerset Artist which ranges from snapshots of beekeeping life to the very best of the Glastonbury Festival as well as drawings of life in Scotland. This book - while not helping you to a larger honey harvest will give you many happy and enjoyable…

    A Year's Work in an Out-Apiary

    Or. An average of 114 1/2 pounds of honey per colony in a poor season, and how it was done

      Gilbert M. Doolittle

    Writing in the early 20th century, several of Doolittle's practical ideas hold some interest for the modern apiarist, in spite of how modern equipment has improved and evolved. Although the book is primarily aimed at the specialist who maintains many bee colonies as a line of work, the author explains that his observations can also serve as useful for the…

    The Healing Bee

    First English Translation

      Roch Domerego

    It has always been a well-known fact that products from the beehive are good for human health. However, recent scientific research has proved that various substances produced by honeybees, as well as innumerable possible combinations with plant material, possess real medical properties. Ten years after its first publication, this book has become a work of reference in its field. Translated…

    I Love My Bees

      Fiona Van Dokkum

    A delightful account of the trials and tribulations of a new beekeeper in South West Ireland. Written with passion and enthusiasm, this ranks A delightful account of the trials and tribulations of a new beekeeper in South West Ireland. Ranks with Richard Taylor and Harold Lund in accounts of ‘bee fever’.

    Top-Bar Beekeeping

    Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

      Les Crowder

      Heather Harrell

    '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…

    Fly with the Beeman

      Robert Couston

    This is not a text book on Practical Beekeeping but a critical yet light-hearted observation on some off beat activities of honey-bees and beekeepers through the eyes of a professional beekeeping adviser.

    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…

    A Man and His Bees

    The story of Alec Wilfred Gale

      D. A. Clements

    Alec Wilfred Gale of Marlborough, Wiltshire, was one of three well known British commercial beekeepers of the mid 20th century. The other two were R.O.B. Manley and E.W.D. Madoc. The author of this title, D.A. Clements, worked for Alec Wilfred Gale for several years during the 1950s. A.W. Gale died in 1969 yet his legacy continues. Gale is credited with…

    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…

    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.

    Letters to a Beekeeper

      Steve Benbow

      Alys Fowler

      Fowler, A

    This is the charming story of how gardener Alys Fowler learned to keep bees, and urban beekeeper Steve Benbow learned to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. It is a rule-breaking, wildlife-friendly, honey-dripping record of the trials and joys of working with - rather than against - nature.

    Mastering the Art of Beekeeping, Volume 2

      Ormond and Harry Aebi

    Mastering the Art of Beekeeping is an erudite handbook of the complex art of beekeeping. The authors have a rare ability to combine literature and beekeeping skills. People, bees and experience are woven into a delightful tale of what beekeeping is all about - Gleanings in Bee Culture. The Aebi's have an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for…

    Mastering the Art of Beekeeping, Volume 1

      Ormond and Harry Aebi

    All beekeepers, novices and old-timers alike, will profit from the Aebi's insights. It might take the average beekeeper several lifetimes to discover the natural wisdom and effective methods that these men have poured so generously into this book and the companion volume - Organic Gardening. The Aebi's have an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the most wildflower…

    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.

    Nudge Nudge, Hint Hint

      John D. Yates

    John Yates wrote a series of monthly articles for the Plymouth Branch of the Devon Beekeepers' Association during the period August 1989 - October 1992. These were published as a most successful book later in 1992. The volume is full of wise advice and beekeeping insight which while written for the micro-climate around Plymouth can be applied anywhere in Great…